Warning- If you don’t like posts about faith and God, run away now. I rarely post about faith and this won’t become a religious blog, but I felt like I needed to get this out today.
I have a really hard time when I hear things like “because of your prayers I was healed” or “I couldn’t have been healed if it weren’t for all your prayers.” I believe in God and I believe that miracles can happen, but I do not believe that you are healed based on how many people are praying for you. A God who acted like that would be a real jerk and I don’t think he is. I don’t think God treats healing like it’s a popularity contest. There is a reason that miracles are called miracles, as in they don’t happen very often. The truth is that a lot of people get sick and a lot of people are not miraculously healed. I get frustrated though when someone has a close brush with illness and when things turn out well they credit all the people praying for them. As if we all had more people praying for us things would have turned out better.
Sometimes these thoughts leave me with the question, “why didn’t God heal me when he helped all those other people?” I have a lot of responsibilities and God really should have kept that in mind (note, this sentence contains some sarcasm because I hear this a lot from people who don’t think getting sick will ever happen to them). The truth is I do have lots of people praying for me, so what is the point if I’m not going to be healed? Why do we tell people we will pray for them if it doesn’t do anything? I’ll be the first to admit that this is something I don’t fully understand and this is something I struggle with, but what it comes down to for me is this- not all healing is physical. We can be spiritually healed through faith, love, and prayer. I love this quote,