A few years ago, I was experiencing severe pain in my knee whenever I walked. Utilizing a walker helped some, but it was only a temporary aid. I realized I needed to pray for a lasting solution.
Several helpful ideas came to mind. First I recalled the Bible story of Jacob, who one night was in desperate need of God’s help. Throughout the night he struggled with troubling thoughts, but answers didn’t come easily or quickly. Finally, as a result of his persistence, an “an angel, a message from Truth and Love” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 308), came to him, providing the comfort, spiritual understanding, and peace he sought.
I have had instantaneous healings through Christian Science, but in this case I realized I needed to be more like Jacob, sticking with grit and determination to what I knew to be spiritually true: that since I live, move, and have my being in God, Spirit, matter and pain are errors, not truly part of me. I was created in the image and likeness of God, spiritual and pure. I needed to pray my way to demonstrating these spiritual truths.