I heard yesterday at an inspirational talk how prayer can change our thinking so that all our needs are met and our physical ills are healed, too. Robin Hoagland, Christian Science lecturer, practitioner and teacher shared experiences and inspiration with folk in the heart of the Lockyer Valley, the area that was inundated by the ‘inland tsunami’ that swept through southern Queensland on 10 January this year.
Robin told of the healing of incurable conditions (including her own diagnosed bipolar disorder) and difficult relationships through scientific practical prayer. She also explained how this kind of prayer can help to rebuild communities and assist us to move forward without grief or regrets as we focus on demonstrating love for our community instead of focussing on the picture of sorrow and a catastrophe that is outside God’s loving care.
On a personal level, the belief that we are stuck with grief and regrets forever has been overturned for me several times in my life. It reminded me of a time when I had just experienced an emergency dash to the hospital, days in intensive care and the loss of my unborn child at six months gestation. Understandably, I felt utterly devastated and in shock, and hurting in mind and body. But I also felt strongly the love and support of the hospital staff, my family and all my friends and acquaintances.
I decided to ask for prayerful support from a Christian Science Practitioner, someone who dedicates their life to being available 24/7 to provide scientific healing prayer. This treatment doesn’t include long renditions of audible prayer or the ‘laying on of hands’. Actually, the person I contacted to pray with me lived in the USA. Treatment from a Christian Science Practitioner usually includes regular brief contact via the phone or email, though, along with our own study of the Bible and the book Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. (Check out the previous guest post for more information about the practitioner-patient relationship).
I can remember vividly how my thought changed over a couple of weeks after arriving home from hospital. No longer was I full of regret and sorrow, but felt totally renewed in my thinking so that I had a greater understanding of my spiritual nature. I also felt an ineffable peace. As well as the mental healing, I lost many kilos of excess weight in a few weeks and I soon felt regenerated and ready to go on with my life without any sorrow whatsoever.
So, I’ve learned that we don’t have to be stuck with grief and regrets forever and wear them like a ‘badge of honour’. Scientific prayer heals both mind and body.
It’s worth setting aside our stereotypes and prejudices to find out about scientific prayer. It will change your life!