I rarely ever talk against religion. I strongly believe in the miracles of God. I have all the faith in the world for what God can do. However, I am not as confident when it comes to the miracles that “man” can do. The other day I had a discussion with someone over the concept of “faith healers.” From what I know, these are people who usually claim they can “cure you of all your illnesses and ailments” through prayer. I don’t knock healers at all. ” I’m fairly sure they have cured people, but I just don’t believe they have cured ALL people. I researched a little bit of this, and this is what I found:
The only prescription given in scripture for curing through healing is found in James 5::
James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
James 5:15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
When faith (and belief in your faith is strong) I believe obstacles can be overcome. Yes, prayer is important in all of our lives, but if your faith is already strong, then do you need someone else to pray for you? The other day I witnessed a “faith healer” put his hands on several people to cure them. It took a long time as he even took calls from people over the cell phone to heal them as well. After he finished, he asked for a show of hands of people that felt immediately cured. He got several. He also asked for a show of hands from people who did “not” feel cured and he got several of those as well. I then began to wonder why this didn’t work for “everyone.” The mind is powerful. If someone can help you to believe you are getting better then who is to say it isn’t working? God is great. I will never dispute that. Are faith healers any closer to God than the rest of us? What happens if they claim to cure someone only to find it didn’t work? Should people still continue to believe in them? Today’s Daily Thought is not against religion or those who claim to heal through religion. My belief in God is already strong. I am only asking questions. Hopefully no one will feel offended by my inquiry. Your faith my be the most valuable asset you have. I don’t see anything wrong in using it to better your circumstances. At some point in our lives we will ALL need prayer. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Maxine Brown, Dinah Washington and another Gospel star (whose name I forget) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar