People all over the world worship God in many different ways. For many of us, worship includes maintaining a consistent awareness of God’s presence and love, and having an impact on the world by living from that basis. It includes words and deeds of kindness and grace.
As we humbly learn more of God and recognize Him as a constant presence–the presence of infinite Life, Truth and Love–moments of inspiration often result in the healing of physical illness. So, Christian healing–feeling the love of God that heals disease and sin–can be an increasingly important and reliable outcome of our worship of God.
For instance, recently I woke up feeling quite ill. I was tired, in pain, and felt burdened by a day of job and family responsibilities. I struggled with getting the kids off to school, then sat at my desk, and before beginning my day of writing, I opened a tract of inspirational articles. I quietly prayed with each sentence, hoping to just feel inspired and unburdened. One article quoted this from the Bible: “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
This Bible verse was a reminder to me that turning to God in a time of need was a good thing – availing health, joy and salvation. In other words, instead of thinking of myself and my ailments, I needed to recognize a greater adoration, love and wonder of God. After an hour, I realized I had better turn on my computer and get to work. As I rose from the chair I’d been sitting in, I realized I felt well. As a matter of fact, I felt great. I was not only physically well, but mentally clear, full of love and joy, and extremely grateful to God.
This proved to me that Christian healing is not only the outcome of worship; it is worship itself. It is allowing the love of God to uplift our thinking and let it dissolve any fear, worry, or concern we may have. Jesus, who set the standard for Christian healing, assured us, “…ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” The truth Jesus taught is that God is all-powerful and always available, and that with Him all things are possible, even physical healing.
Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy taught that Christian healing is the highest form of worship. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures she expounded on the dependability and consistency of God’s power, and how understanding this can bring spiritual healing and salvation to mankind, as Jesus proved.
She asked her readers, “Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness [God] to do His own work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.”
That day before work I found my worship of God was doing just this – availing myself of His love and rule over my life, trusting His omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience that are supreme over every illness, temptation, hate and fear.
Worshiping God is allowing His love and power to strengthen and purify us, and find Him to be the real source of our health, harmony and existence. In this way, we yield ourselves to His rule over us, and live from that basis – naturally becoming more loving, caring, supportive and understanding. We realize that we are completely blessed by Him in so many different ways – and so we find that in worshiping God in this way, it is natural to experience divine healing.
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