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The scientific basis of prayer: its role in healing and spiritual growth

From the May 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Christian Science shows that prayer is much more than a human activity of trying to reach out to God. Prayer brings to light in human consciousness the underlying truth of God's spiritual creation, man and the universe.

Scientifically based prayer begins, for example, by recognizing the allness of God, His ever-presence, and acknowledging that man is His image and likeness. It brings to light the law of God, which has an inherent divine impetus and dissolves the misconceptions of mortal sense. In this way prayer demonstrates the nothingness of these errors.

In the first chapter of Genesis we learn that God created the heavens and the earth, and all that was made was very good. With God, Spirit, as its creator, creation must be spiritual. Prayer expresses pure scientific logic as it conforms to these spiritual facts of creation recorded in the Bible. The effect of such prayer is to heal. And prayer has been proven effective in healing not only disease and sin but all evil by turning us to God, the divine Mind, the omnipotent Principle of the universe. Scientifically based prayer does not allow for human opinions or conjectures. It holds to the spiritual facts of being and so proves its wisdom to be divine, not human. It is not just asking for something better. It is acknowledging with gratitude what God has already done. In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says succinctly: "Truth, spiritually discerned, is scientifically understood. It casts out error and heals the sick."Science and Health, p. 275.

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