In the last year I met a doctor who is a head of a medical association. He told me that he has had 2 patients with the same prognosis and the one who prayed had a different outcome. He concluded that prayer works though he doesn’t understand how. I have personally experienced healing through prayer of broken bones, incapacitating illness, pain, as well as symptoms of a cold, and other conditions. A safe assumption is that a number of you have also been healed solely by turning to God in prayer.
Are there certain common qualities of an individual who prays that help toward a result of transformation? Oh yes – following the Ten Commandments, reading regularly and living Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to name a few. The following passage from the book of Isaiah sums this up, “Come now and let us reason together says the Lord…” It makes sense to look to the only prayer that Jesus gave us as a way to begin. He actually told his disciples to pray in this manner. I’ve done some research and have found that his prayer is not a formula. It conveys the principles of effective prayer. Many of you are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer. I enjoy pondering it along with a spiritual sense authored by the Christian healer, Mary Baker Eddy:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is
Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth
us from sin, disease, and death.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all,