A guest post written by Ronald Scott
Why is it that I have encountered the thought that I’m “doing nothing” when I become ill or physically impaired – if I take no medical steps to resolve the problem?
But I’m not doing nothing. I am praying.
This is the first place that I as a Christian Scientist turn to for healing. And many others have found spiritual healing to be effective, with over 140 years of first-person testimony verifying this practice. In our current environment, where health care is a topic of high priority, I feel it is vital to point out the importance of prayer to promote health.
All my life I’ve sought to find healing through prayer from physical problems, including influenza, chicken pox, colds, and injuries. A specific aspect I pray for at the beginning of each day is protection, which has resulted in very few injuries to begin with, and a quicker healing when injuries have occurred.
One significant healing took place when I was in the 5th grade. I contracted a very contagious skin disease and I was prevented from attending school. The school medical staff explained why I was required to stay away from school, the seriousness of the condition, what the eventual effects could be, and the time period that this condition would affect me. There was a medication I could begin using, which might allow me to return to school sooner.
Though my school absence would be nine weeks, I chose to rely on prayer instead of the medication. And I found that the medical staff was respectful of my position.
I worked toward and found complete healing in 9 weeks. There were no scars. I was cleared to return to school – where I had been able to maintain my grades during my absence.
In a symposium in 1998 at Harvard University The Harvard Medical School and Mind and Body Institute had spiritual healing as it relates to death and dying as a major topic. One attendee at the event, Dale A. Matthews, MD, was quoted as saying, “God’s job is to heal. [Our] job is to pray…the purpose of prayer is to draw close to God, to the Divine. And that prayer is always answered.”
I am grateful that prayer has increasingly become acknowledged as a viable means of healing physical problems.