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A shift in how I prayed brought healing

From the October 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The words we choose when praying might be significant. Silent words can indicate our heart’s desire. 

There was a man who frequented the Christian Science Reading Room where I regularly worked. He happened to be homeless, living in some deserted woods nearby. He appreciated Christian Science and would come in every day. We had some good conversations, and I grew to appreciate his voiced closeness to God. It was something that I did not seem to have at the time. But as I appreciated this closeness, I more substantially reached out to God.  

What came to me was that I could have a conversation with God. When I would silently pray the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation given by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, I would substitute “You are” for “God is” at the part where we read, “Enable us to know,—as in heaven, so on earth,—God is omnipotent, supreme” (p. 17). The result of considering this idea was that I was healed of a chronic pain. That was about seven years ago, and the pain has not returned. 

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