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Following the examples 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. You'll find information at the end of the column about how to submit questions.


From the October 2008 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A Christian Scientist friend called to tell me of a problem she was dealing with, but told me not to give a treatment, because a practitioner was praying with her about it.

In a situation like this, how can I support my friend? That is, can you explain the difference between supporting prayer and treatment prayer?

A1 A simple way of describing the difference between Christian Science treatment and prayer is to say that when someone asks me to pray about something in general, I am concerned with what I know—or can learn from God—about the situation. However, when someone asks me to give a Christian Science treatment, I am also involved with what the patient knows and is learning.

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