Some people don't doubt that physical healings do come occasionally through prayer alone. But actually God heals consistently and reliably, day in and day out. This is because of a law that we can all understand and trust. It is the same spiritual law by which Christ Jesus healed almost two thousand years ago.
Law? Yes, law. This law has always been discernible in the Bible. It underlies the words of the Hebrew prophets, as well as those of Christ Jesus. To the extent that Jesus' disciples understood God as he did, they healed as he did, not by miracle but by grasping something of what he taught concerning God and His law. The same is true for us today, as Mary Baker Eddy showed.
She wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. It contains the full explanation of Christian healing as Jesus both practiced and taught to his disciples. An important point this book-the textbook of Christian Science- makes is this: "You render the divine law of healing obscure and void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine, or limit in any direction of thought the omnipresence and omnipotence of God" (p. 445). The omnipresence and omnipotence of God! We have to conclude that this God is supreme and almighty.
The Bible teaches that God is good and has all power. He is supreme, omnipotent, and He loves us. Then disease, or anything else that is not like God, is nothing to fear. We heal disease, destroy it, by understanding God's perfection and omnipotence as Christ Jesus did. Jesus taught his followers, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48).
Understanding God's omnipotence is absolutely central to understanding how Christian Science heals. When you know that He is all-power, the only power, you prove the inherent powerlessness of disease. That's the fact. And to gain a clear sense of this in prayer is helpful.
Seeing that evil is powerless is something like multiplying by zero. Multiply 50 by zero, 3 by zero, or 1,789,465 by zero-and you still get zero. Likewise, no disease weighs any more or any less against the omnipotence of God. Because it is all unlike God, it is all unreal. This is why physical diagnosis is not needed in treating disease through Christian Science. Questions like "What is wrong with me?" or "What is the name of this problem?" are not a basis for healing through prayer. On the other hand, asking, "What has power, disease or God the Almighty?" points you in the direction of Christian healing.
I was at work recently when I began to feel sharp pains in my stomach. So I went off by myself to pray. First of all, I did not try to figure out what the condition might be called. I knew without question that God would never send pain by any name. God is Love. I prayed by affirming that God was in control of me and that He was the only power in control. Evil or pain could not also be in control. I humbly, firmly, acknowledged that pain and fear govern nothing, since God, who is perfect Love itself, is omnipotent.
The effect of this was my complete return to health in about five minutes. This was especially significant because at a previous time in my life a pain such as that might well have ended the day for me at work. That treatment-Christian Science treatment-had not required anyone's study of physiology or diagnosis. My recognizing God as the only power made both unnecessary and brought a quick return to health.
God never sends disease in any form. Understanding this heals.
For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war after the flesh:
(for the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down
of strong holds;)
casting down imaginations,
and every high thing
that exalteth itself against
the knowledge of God.
II Corinthians 10:3-5