Praying for healing is certainly not a new concept. Since our early ancestors looked to the heavens in search of comfort and protection, mankind has longed for the certainty of a benevolent power that governs the universe and is expressed in our individual lives. If you’ve longed for a better understanding of how and why prayer heals, my colleague, Tony Lobl, has some answers for you. Writing for the July 28, 2015 edition of Faith Street, he shares some powerful and inspired ideas about healing prayer. Here’s Tony:
When I was a teenager, I experienced an unexpected moment of spiritual awareness as I lay in bed, deeply troubled by a doctor’s prognosis. I wasn’t praying as such, yet I suddenly became aware of a divine presence, loving me. That calmed my troubled thoughts and prompted a physical healing. At the time, I was a non-religious Jew, and I wanted to understand how such a healing could happen.
In my twenties, a friend gifted me a copy of Mary Baker Eddy’s powerful book on prayer-based healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and I found the answers I was looking for. There are references to Scripture throughout Science and Health, which bring out its core spiritual message. Seeing the Bible in this light led me to pick it up, read it, and love it. I’m now a Christian Science practitioner, serving as the UK and Irish media liaison for the Christian Science movement.
Here are some key points about the prayer-based healing I practice.
1. God doesn’t “hear” our prayers . . . because we don’t need Him to.
“Your prayers need not be labored or lengthy or grandiose — for your Father knows what you need before you ever ask Him.” (Jesus, in Matthew 6)….