I love Tim Mitchinson’s simple and straightforward explanation of why he relies on prayer for his healthcare. Tim’s blog was first published on March 23, 2017 in thePeoria Journal-Star.
I recently had a conversation with someone about health care. When I told him that I was a Christian Scientist and depended upon prayer for the cure of illness, he mentioned that he felt Christian Science was “out there.” He was kind and respectful, but behind his comment was the impression that prayer is not a dependable way to treat disease.
I understood his comment somewhat since most people consider drugs and surgery as the most effective, and often, the only treatment of disease; and prayer is often seen as an auxiliary to medicine. But I have found prayer that brings new views of spiritual reality, to be very effective as my sole means of treating disease. Everyone’s health choices are personal, and as a Christian Scientist, I am not under any church edict. But prayer has met my health, as well as my religious, needs time and time again.
I am not alone in valuing prayer as a significant means of healing. A 2008 Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Survey found that 36% of Americans surveyed reported that they had experienced or witnessed a divine healing of an illness or injury. And 75% reported that they pray at least once a week.
Divine healing does not need to be shocking or miraculous. Have you ever thought that it is the nature of God to heal? The Bible clearly characterizes God this way: “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;” (Ps. 103: 3, 4).