One of the questions most frequently asked about the Science of Mind is….”Are prayers and treatments identical?”
The answer to this question is both yes and no.
If when one prays his prayer is a recognition of Spirit’s Omniscience, Omnipotence and Omnipresence, and a realization of man’s unit with Spirit, then his prayer is a spiritual treatment.
If, on the other had, one is holding to the viewpoint that God is some far off Being, whom he would approach with doubt in his thought; wondering if by some good luck he may be able to placate God or persuade Him of the wisdom of one’s request —then, there is but little similarity between prayer and treatment. Nothing could bring greater discouragement than to labor under the delusion that God is a Being of moods, who might answer some prayers and not others.
It would be difficult to believe in a God who cares more for one person than another. There can be no God who is kindly disposed one day and cruel the next; there can be no God who creates us with tendencies and impulses we can scarcely comprehend, and then eternally punishes us when we make mistakes. God is a Universal Presence, an impersonal Observer, a Divine and impartial Giver, forever pouring Himself into His Creation.
Every day and every hour we are meeting the eternal realities of life, and in such degree as we cooperate with these eternal realities in love, in peace, in wisdom, and in joy–believing and receiving–we are automatically blessed. Our prayer is answered before it is uttered.
Submitted by Millie Forsberg, RScP