by Tony Lobl
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.
2. Prayer frees us from the limitations of materialism.
3. The restoration of harmony to mind and body evidences our spiritual nature.
4. Prayer-based healing is not positive thinking.
5. Just because prayer can be a placebo, doesn’t mean it always is.
6. To be effective, prayer needs to be more than a mind-body effect.
7. None of this means we are to blame for our illnesses.
8. Healing the body is just a part of healing prayer.
9. The Word of God can heal, but the best words won’t heal by themselves.
10. No one has a monopoly on healing prayer.