In II Kings is related the story of Elisha’s servant, who feared they would perish under the attack of horses and chariots of the King of Syria. Elisha’s servant had not attained the calm and peaceful trust of his master, and cried out (II Kings 6:15) “Alas, my master! how shall we do?” Elisha reassured his servant of their safety by praying compassionately for him: “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.” Elisha did not pray that God do anything to change the human situation, for the man of God understood that the seeming predicament was only a product of human thought and fear, and not of God’s doing. II Kings goes on to say that “The Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw; and behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha”. God was already there, a fact of which the lesser spiritually thinking servant was ignorant.
Is it not possible that we, like Elisha’s servant, all do not yet see what is really going on in the real and eternal spiritual realm in which God has made us? What is really going on is the action good, and Love! Evil wants us to believe the opposite. Through prayer, Elisha caused his servant to see the goodness and protection which was invisible to the eye and to the human senses. But it was there. Is it not reasonable and respectful to God to assume that the human senses are also not revealing the presence of God to us, and now, and that prayer can and will bring a realization of His presence?
The world’s need is for the comfort and the assurance of God’s omnipotent ever-present Love and protecting care, which is present here and now. We each must come to the realization that the words “omnipotent” and “ever-present” are not just pretty sounding ideas, but they are present realities. Evil is a giant lie and illusion. Jesus told us so in clear concise words. He said that the devil is “a liar and the father of it”. And then he proved it by spiritually healing thousands, and by then teaching his disciples and followers to do the same, and to do so through gaining a new understanding of what comprises life as Spirit. Original Christianity as taught and practiced by Jesus, teaches us to learn to understand exactly how God animates us, and how that animation is actually continually perfect. Through Jesus, The Savior, the world received its most precious gift ever – Christianity – an understanding of life which heals spiritually, not materially. After a short period, man again lost touch with Christianity’s true function and meaning, and temporarily lost the power to heal. But it has been uncovered! Lost though spiritual healing appears today, it is not. Mankind’s apparent suffering from disease, sin, and death is really the product of a false and universal mental conviction of the very evils which Jesus once came to the world to destroy. But the true function of Christianity, purely spiritual healing as brought to the world by Christ Jesus, has never left us.
When we doubt Jesus’ words, we unwittingly honor evil in the form of disease, and we partake of the very illusion which evil sets out to convince us of in the first place. Our great need is to each realize that Love is all powerful! And that there is not, as commonly believed, “simply nothing we can do” to counter the appearance of evil and disease! God does not want us to be sorrowful, nor to accept illness or death as a part of life. On the contrary, He wants us to understand how to partake of our nature as His very expression of continuous Love. Whatever evil is presented, whether it be war, lack, sickness, sin, etc., we should pray primarily for increased spiritual discernment, that our eyes may be opened to behold the already omnipresent perfection of God’ s creation, good.
We can learn how to help those suffering from disease by taking an entirely different mental approach from the one which has been presented to us by the material world. Let us pray quietly and privately in this manner to defeat evil at its source – the world’s unwitting and unintentional honor of it. Let us truly honor God as omnipotent. It is never too late, and someone always needs human help.