Series 1 - Lesson 2 - Annotation 9
What place has prayer in the attainment of health?
9. Prayer has first place in the attainment of a consciousness of health. Prayer is conscious communion, a "common union" of the human consciousness and the divine consciousness. Prayer is our opportunity to "talk" with God and to aspire toward divine ideals. Prayer is also God's opportunity to inspire or "speak" to us as we quieten our outer activities turning our five senses inward toward God in order to keep negative thoughts from entering our consciousness. When we take control of our thoughts and emotions, we become master of our mind, heart (thinking and feeling), words, and acts. We are then able to feel after God, to know; Him as the spiritual presence and power within and around each of us.
The realization of God's presence and power, through prayer, brings life and health and is therefore a necessary part of the healing process. Prayer is indeed the "pipeline" to God's storehouse of good, and when the need for healing arises we can go directly to this storehouse. Our prayer stakes a positive claim to the health that is ours by divine birthright. Trying to get our health through any way other than prayer to God is futile. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber" (John 10:1).
Preceding Entry: What is the relation of forgiveness to healing?
Following Entry: Is there any true foundation for the belief in fleshly heredity? Explain.