Sometimes people praying for spiritual healing are tempted to believe that they need a physical diagnosis to determine “What their problem is.” While it is helpful to understand what suffering stems from, either fear, ignorance or sin, experience proves that it is not necessary to have a medical name or diagnosis to eliminate the suffering.
We can learn from Jesus Christ.
Jesus never sent his patients to a doctor first for a physical examination before he healed them. His interest was not to study disease, but to cure it with Truth.
Mary Baker Eddy explained the Christ approach when she wrote, “A physical diagnosis of disease — since mortal mind must be the cause of disease — tends to induce disease” (Science and Health, p. 370). To be healed spiritually, the images of disease must be eliminated from thought, not built up and reinforced. Thus, the need to focus on spiritual reality rather than on physical conditions.
If you need to have a name for your disease, then label it “Error!” Call it “Error!” As Eddy wrote, “Sin, sickness, and death are to be classified as effects of error” (Science and Health, p. 473). Error is the proper name for all types of suffering.
We can find great strength and freedom in our prayers when we follow Jesus’ admonition to “Know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” (John 8:32). He didn’t teach, “Diagnose the error and the error will set you free.”
So, for the best results in prayer, focus on spiritual reality. Strive to see the situation from God’s point of view where disease vanishes, and health appears. Diagnose your case from Truth’s vantage point. See what Truth sees and watch the error dissolve and go away.
When the question arises, “Do I need a diagnosis?” You can answer with confidence, “Yes, I need a diagnosis of Truth! That’s what will heal me.”