Question: I grasp how my prayers bring my consciousness into alignment with the one Mind, but how do I explain to another how my prayers help someone else be in God’s kingdom and realize healing? How does prayer help someone else be healed when they believe otherwise?
Answer: Very briefly stated, because there exists only one infinitely and individually expressed divine consciousness, there are therefore in spiritual reality not many separate consciousnesses, each one imagining itself separated from God. It is only humanly sanctioned mesmeric belief, never sanctioned by the one and only substantial power, God, which confirms the false existence of individual separateness from God and separateness from one another.
In prayer, we do not really bring our consciousness back into alignment with God, for it can never actually depart from that unity. Only the human appearance of it does so, in consciousness. Rather, through prayer, we realize, understand, and experience the truth that our real consciousness cannot ever be removed from perfection, and that only the very convincing illusion of the mesmeric power of mortal misperception needs to be removed from all thought. This erroneous but seemingly universally believed error does not belong to anyone. It is impersonal. It is not possessed by anyone, but it insists that it is. That is its primary deception. It uses personal attachment as its only means of justifying itself. But it is in reality never attached to anyone except in false belief.
Your prayers then, when they are focused on denying the attachment of error to consciousness, realize and confirm not only your own present unity with divine Mind, they also lift the false imposition of separateness from others. Nobody is actually separated from God. This explains how Jesus “threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God”. (259:6 ,Science and Health) Jesus realized this oneness continually as valid for all of mankind.
This also explains how and why prayer for a society can be and is effective when correctly implemented. When we really understand that error is impersonal, and that consciousness itself is divine and one in nature, error is just as easily removed from one’s self as from another, as from a group of people, or from a country or from a world.