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From the April 2005 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I WAS IN PENNSYLVANIA. HE WAS IN TEXAS. But that didn't stop me from asking my friend for help. In spite of the thousand or so miles between us, I knew he had something to offer. That something was more than just reassuring words or a listening ear. It was prayer. The kind of scientific prayer that heals across continents—and even oceans.

Sure enough, my friend's prayers for me as I struggled with a very painful ear infection were effective. At one point I could actually sense those efforts, could tangibly feel God's healing power right where the worst of the symptoms had been. The symptoms retreated and then, in an instant, totally disappeared. I was in awe.

So how did it happen? How can the prayers of someone far away have a healing impact?

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