If we’re feeling ill, it can often seem hard to think of anything but our own problem. But as a woman found out when faced with worsening flu symptoms, letting God’s limitless love fill our thoughts with a deeper love for humanity uplifts our viewpoint in powerful ways that also bring healing to the one praying.
Is it possible to be benefited ourselves when praying for others? Yes. If such prayer is motivated by genuine compassion and love, it will inevitably bring blessings and healing to us as well. “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, contains this wonderful teaching: “The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good” (p. 518).
I will never forget the way the truth of this statement was illustrated to me one Saturday, when I was battling flu symptoms that were getting increasingly worse.
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