Our best defense against the flu

Based on recent reports, you’d have to assume that no one will be spared. Even people who have gotten this year’s flu vaccine are being felled by the virus.

But there is something we can do to stop this onslaught in its tracks. Prayer is a powerful antidote to disease, no matter what form it takes, and no matter how widely it’s publicized. I know because I’ve seen it work in my own life. And the God I know as Love—the same Love that has healed me—cares for, protects, and makes all of His children whole. No one is left out.

So where to begin?

My prayers about this year’s flu epidemic took me back to an experience in which the onslaught of pain seemed unstoppable. I prayed—diligently, persistently—with the section from the biblical book of Ephesians, which talks about the whole armor of God.

“Put on the whole armour of God,” it says, “that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

“Stand therefore,” it continues, “having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” 1

Well, that’s certainly what the pain felt like: a bunch of arrows raining down on me. I kept having this vision of myself with my shield of faith—protected, sort of, but still under attack.

But as I prayed, a change came over my thoughts. I realized that I’d been thinking about this passage all wrong. I wasn’t some vulnerable mortal, with a few spiritual truths to wield against this onslaught. In fact, putting on the whole armor of God meant recognizing myself as God had made me—as a spiritual idea, completely shielded from any attack. I simply didn’t dwell in the same space as pain, accident, or disease. I lived and had my being in one place only—that “secret place of the most high” that the Psalmist talked about. 2

That was the turning point. Instead of seeing myself as vulnerable and a potential victim, I began thanking God for having the wisdom and love to create me in His, in Her, likeness—immune, safe, whole, joyful, free. The pain vanished. I was free.

I found these same ideas so helpful in considering my loved ones, my neighbors, and anyone the news reports would claim could fall victim to the flu. We each have that armor of God—the life-saving understanding of our identity as spiritual and intact. And we can’t be made to feel vulnerable, or fearful of an impending attack. The whole armor of God is an everlasting covenant with our Father-Mother, who created us as immortal ideas, and maintains us that way—always.

Please share your own prayers in the comments below.

By Jenny Sawyer


  1. Ephesians 6:11, 14-16
  2. Psalms 91:1


  1. Tom says:

    Once when struggleing with what  appeared  to be a case of the flu I called my Sunday School teacher who was also a Practitioner. She clearly stated that the word ‘influenza’  ,broken down, comes from the word ‘influence’. And that my thought was being influenced  by the world thought around me.My healing was instantaneous. Wow! Let’s  be aware how mortal mind works to deceive us, even in the words we use.

    • Lyn in Alabama says:

      That angel thought about the truth of “influenza”  is truly amazing. Yes, even the words mortal mind latches onto to forward a lie are rather insidious. Yet, we know mortal mind is nothing and has no influence. Thanks so much for sharing your insight about this healing. It so helps to break the lies down into meaningless thought that we can replace with Truth.

  2. Kris says:

    Hey Jenny, I really caught the verve of your message. It made me feel strong in the armor of God. And helped me to zoom in on the strength of a friend of mine battling the flu. She is a steel rail through a swamp, and so am I!  Your thoughts and writings are always so wonderful. Thank you.

  3. Alabama says:

    While not always the case, I decided this year at the first mention of flu that it simply didn’t exist. I really had no time to deal with it and immediately labeled it as total illusion, forgot about it and focused on something good. If a report came up on the news about how many people were being affected, I practically laughed, thinking, “that’s not true.” I was actually incredulous that “an epidemic” could be going on. I wish it could always be that easy for me with other things. You know on the Daily Lift, a gal in her post wrote, “In a certain case I recently thought: well there is no way out of harmony. So to say, I have no choice than to be healed.” I love this viewpoint that there is no way out of harmony. This perspective does a wonderful job of reversing erroneous thought, which Mary Baker Eddy talks about in Miscellaneous Writings, Unity of Good, the chapter Rectifications where she says, “How is a mistake to be rectified? By reversal or revision…” So instead of “battling off the flu” why don’t we rejoice in the idea that the flu trying to battle off harmony? Then just realize that there is no flu.

  4. margaret says:

    Thanks Jenny. So relevant and helpful.

  5. Martin says:

    Thank you Jenny. I have been working with the idea that is below. I particularly like the strong idea, that in this case, the flu is null and void. That ends the threat completely.

    It (Christian Science) shows the impossibility of transmitting human ills, or evil, from on  individual to another; that all true thoughts revolve in God’s orbits:  they come from God and return to Him, — and untruths belong not to His creation, therefore these are null and void. It hath no peer, no competitor, for it dwelleth in Him besides whom “there in none other.” Miscellaneous Writings 22:14

  6. Falk says:

    So useful! Thank you and I put it up on my blog (http://lebensfreude-heilung.com/my-blog/) to help spread the defense….

  7. Bruce Higley says:

    Thanks for this!  I, too, was unaware of any great concern about the flu, so I’m glad you’ve brought it up (to be put down) . The “parent” word for flu (influenza) is the Italian word for “influence”.   Christian Science explains why and how anyone can remain free & clear from erroneous influence by understanding & applying the truth of being, which is that there’s only ONE real influence, period, which is God, divine Love—-100% good.   Nothing can govern or control us but INFINITE Good, God.  The infinite leaves no room for anything else.  God constantly SUPPORTS all creation in resisting and overcoming whatever fails to express and glorify Her.   I love these words of Mrs. Eddy:  ”The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.”   [SH 387]

  8. Joe says:

    Thank you for this reminder of the importance and power of prayer when facing the claims of the flu and other viruses.  This was just what I needed to read today.

  9. John says:

    Jenny, you wrote: “…putting on the whole armor of God meant recognizing myself as God had made me—as a spiritual idea, completely shielded from any attack. I simply didn’t dwell in the same space as pain, accident, or disease.”

    This is EXACTLY what I have been reflecting on today and now your graceful blog is showing me yet another way to see this sense of the oneness of good. We do not coexist with pain and we are not made liable to be destroyed.

    Recently I was struggling with pain, and fear because of that pain. My prayers were entirely focused on the pain, though: “This hurts a lot, please make it stop, God is Love and I hurt a lot.” Finally, I realized that I was trying to have space in my thought for both good and pain (which I was hoping would eventually be crushed by good). But healing is the awakening to realize that there is only good. I got up and was able to go to bed very peacefully, with not one more glimmer of pain from that moment on.

    Just as you said, Jenny, we do not exist in a space with both bad and good. Thank you so much for writing this lovely, healing blog.

  10. Mark Unger says:

    Thank you Jenny.  I love what you said about us not being vulnerable mortals under attack from some supposed power bigger than God.  Christian Science makes it so clear that the problem is not really in the body so much as in thought, so we need to change our thought and that heals the ailment.  That seems to be what Jesus did and I’ve been able to prove this time and time again.  And it is really the fearful thought that needs to be changed, isn’t it?  And God sends His angels (defined as “spiritual intuitions” in Science and Health by Eddy) to lift our thought to a more spiritual view of ourselves, a view that knows and feels that divine Love is all around and we are protected and safe, not vulnerable.  That lifting of thought protects us and heals us.  Here is a link to something I wrote as an example of how that worked for me one time.



  11. Amy says:

    Jenny, I’m so glad that you wrote this.  I was frankly unaware of the concerns…I don’t know how I missed it, but right after I read this Prayer Watch, I turned on the news and saw just how widespread the fear–and the flu–is.  We can do something to turn the tide and I’m grateful you got the ball rolling here.

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