Friday, May 18, 2007

Q: Prayer and medicine? Part II

I really hope everyone will read the comments after yesterday's post—very insightful.

Jumping off on some of those ideas, I'll just elaborate a bit on praying for someone while they're seeing a doctor, vs. treating them in the same circumstance. (Emily gave some great thoughts on this as well.)

When a practitioner, medical or otherwise, takes on a case and gives treatment, they're taking responsibility for the healing of the condition. Whether a patient chooses spiritual or physical treatment, that same responsibility is implied. So, even as you wouldn't want two doctors with differing opinions working in opposite directions on your case, neither would you want a spiritual practitioner and a medical practitioner taking responsibility for the cure at the same time. When the treatment methods contradict each other, you're not getting the best of either.

On the other hand, general or directed prayer that declares the presence of harmony, peace, and love in any circumstance may not conflict with physical treatment. Helping someone reduce their fear with spiritual truth before a procedure or relieving stress with confidence of Love's tender care can be quite beneficial. You're not trying to cure the condition. Rather, you're inviting a higher sense of harmony to the entire situation.

This might not be Christian Science treatment per se, but it can improve conditions and decrease suffering. It can open thought to the idea that what we think does affect the outcome of even physical conditions, and thereby bring the person that much closer to reliance on Spirit.


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At 5/18/2007 04:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

then the question is, are you charging for prayer the same way you charge for treatment?

At 5/18/2007 08:05:00 PM, Blogger Kim said...

A helpful way for me to respond to those who are asking for prayer while under medical treatment is to pray for them the same way I might pray for the community's welfare or for the world.

With my work on the prayer team of my local hospital, we get prayer requests all the time. I do not treat these cases with Christian Science treatment, but pray to help alleviate the fear that so often surrounds these requests. In addition, I pray to support the compassion and dedication of those caregivers, and to be a visible presence of comfort in the hospital.

Do I charge for this type of prayer? No.

Great discussion, Laura, and much needed topic to discuss!


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