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YOUR QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Following the example set by the question–and–answer columns in the early Journals, when Mary Baker Eddy was Editor, this column will respond to general queries from Journal readers—such as the one above—with responses from Journal readers. It will not cover questions about how to interpret statements in Mrs. Eddy's writings. There's more information at the end of the column about how to submit questions.

QUESTION: How much can we pray for other people without their request and without interfering with their thought?

From the January 2006 issue of The Christian Science Journal


How much can we pray for other people without their request and without interfering with their thought? A1 Mary Baker Eddy addressed the issue this way: "As a rule, one has no more right to enter the mind of a person, stir, upset, and adjust his thoughts without his knowledge or consent, than one has to enter a house, unlock the desk, displace the furniture, and suit one's self in the arrangement and management of another man's property" (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 283 ).