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Challenge matter-based assumptions with prayer

From the November 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

My friend had a healing that took her by surprise. She wasn’t amazed that she’d been healed; she had expected that. The surprise was in how she was healed. She’d had a boil on her body, and was praying with a Christian Science practitioner. She thought the boil would open and drain. Instead it just disappeared. 

Her surprise was a wake-up call. She saw that she had been influenced by medical beliefs about how healing happens, and was dismayed to find that this matter-based approach had been subtly influencing her practice of Christian Science healing. 

Prayer in Christian Science is a very different way of addressing an individual’s need for healing. It’s a spiritual approach—a practice that builds on understanding God and the man God created, as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis. This account establishes that as God, Spirit, reveals the various elements of the divine creation, His continuous evaluation is that it was good. As the culmination of this creation, man is described as the blessed image and likeness of God. No disease, pain, malfunction, or death is a part of this creation. It is entirely spiritual. 

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