Financial problems can be stressful, even traumatic. Could we pray about them? If so, how? Writer Val Minard sees the difference between “selfish” prayer for money and the understandable yearning to bring harmony to a discordant situation. She writes:
“During my freshman year of college, I felt hopeless and fearful about how I was going to pay for my college tuition. Although my parents had saved enough to put me through the first year, due to a bad business deal there were no other resources to cover the remaining years. But, growing up in the Christian Science Sunday School, I had learned to turn to God in prayer to meet all my needs. This didn’t mean that I would ask God for money, a car, or something material like that. It wasn’t my job to tell God what I needed since God, divine Love, already knew my need and would supply it in just the right way. What it did mean to me was that I could always go to God with my problems and there find the thought that I needed to solve the problem…
“In line with this, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, makes this point, “Divine Love [God] always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.” As I prayed, I remembered the Bible story about Jesus feeding five thousand people with just a few fish and loaves of bread.
“The story made me wonder what it must have felt like to be someone in the crowd waiting for food. If I had been there, would I have been fearful? Or would I have trusted there would be enough when it came my turn to share what was left? As I thought about this, it occurred to me that everyone must have felt satisfied and uplifted to a new trust in God’s love, knowing that they would be perfectly cared for and that no one could be left out.”
As Minard’s thoughts began to shift from fear to trust, wonderful things came into her experience. Her financial problems were solved and she was able to finish both college and graduate school.
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