HEALING AND PRAYER
Jesus, after He had come down from the mount andhealed the epileptic boy said to His disciples
“There is nomeans of casting out this sort, but by prayer”
).In the mind of Jesus, prayer andhealing are inseparable. A cautionarynote, however, needs to be sounded.It must not be assumed that there isnothing whatever beyond the powerof prayer to accomplish, nor must itbe expected that healing willautomatically follow in every case.
Paul’s thorn in the
flesh remained, inspite of persistent prayer for itsremoval.Why prayer results in healing in some cases and not inothers is a mystery. That prayer and prayer alone haveproduced a cure cannot be disputed, therefore in spite of the fact that prayer for healing is still shrouded inmystery, we must still persist with it. The last verse of apoem, which I came across, would seem to provide anappropriate ending to this article.
Yes we are always wondering, wondering how. Because we do not see someone, perhapsunknown and far away, on bended knee.
If prayer is the top priority to enable every man, womanand child to experience the healing power of the livingChrist, then surely the challenge presented to each one of us is to be that
“someone, perhaps unknown and far away, on bended knee”.