As with any faith or religion, prayer is a significant cornerstone as to how we spiritually seek healing and support ourselves. Most of us as spiritual sojourners, at the very least, have had some interaction and application of prayer in our lives. Whether or not from our childhood faith and direct practice; or from a visceral media experience, at one time or another we have either witnessed or felt the unique power of prayer.
Biblical history is filled with lamentations and invitations to pray to a higher deity for salvation; as well as testimonials to the power of prayerful intervention. Within New Thought, our approach to prayer is more affirmative than intercessory, more directive than supplication.
This ministry team consists of specially trained and licensed practitioners and ministers who volunteer their time to provide personal and confidential affirmative prayers to people requesting help.
Centers for Spiritual Living practices and offers a form of prayer known as “Spiritual Mind Treatment” which is a five-step affirmative prayer. Within this New Thought organization, is a department called World Ministry of Prayer that has been providing compassionate and prayerful support to individuals for more than 85 years. The roots of this prayer team began in Los Angeles, California when Dr. Ernest Holmes and his first two practitioner graduates, his mother, Anna and his friend and colleague, Reginald Armor decided to use one of the smaller office to take phone calls and do healing prayer work. Anna Holmes took the Monday, Wednesday and Friday shifts and Armor was responsible for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays –leaving Sundays for Ernest to do his lectures and classes. This prayer trio became known as the “Healing Department”.
In February 1927, the Healing Department shared offices with other licensed practitioners in the Institute’s building on New Hampshire Street and Sixth Avenue in Los Angeles.
1981, William Colson who was then President of United Churches of Religious Science hired practitioner, Marsha Mendizza to run this department. Later, it was Marsha who re-named this team as the World Ministry of Prayer.