I don’t talk about faith very much, mostly because I am an incredibly private person and sharing the details of my life on the internet is hard enough, but my faith is a big part of who I am. Feel free to skip this post if you come here solely for my wit because there isn’t any in this post, I’m actually getting serious!
I read a lot of blogs and connect with a lot of religious people who have health problems and I have noticed something lately that has bothered me. Most recently I read a blog entry from someone who goes to the same church I do that stated that someone was cured from cancer because she had so many people praying for her, people all over the world who were praying for her in temples, in homes, in mosques, in cathedrals etc. Basically they stated that because of other people’s faith, this person was cured. That’s great that so many people are praying for this person, but do you really think that she was cured because she had the most people praying for her? Is health some sort of celestial popularity contest? I don’t think so. What about those who have people praying for them and they don’t get better, are they not getting better because they aren’t good enough or because they are a sinner or because they don’t have enough faith? I have a friend dying from cancer who is young and has a family, is she dying because not enough people are praying for her? I don’t think so. I honestly don’t know how someone could believe that God works like that.
I have struggled with how I felt about God through all my health challenges. At the beginning there was plenty of “why me” and “how could this happen if God really cared.” After lots of tears and prayers I realized what I knew all along, my health problems are not a curse from God, but at the same time they are not going to magically go away because people are praying for me. For better or for worse, this is what God has given me to deal with, so I’m going to deal with it.
I’m not saying the prayers are pointless, I think that prayers are incredibly important, I just don’t think that because you have the most people praying for you that you will be cured. I believe in miracles, but miracles are not dependent on popularity but the will of God. I love this quote from Richard G Scott,