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Prayer offered in faith.

on March 20, 2014

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. James 5:15 NIV

This is a scripture that was given to me when I was praying for a friend’s sick uncle. It began to kind of twist and turn the way things will when I can’t put them down, when something bigger taking shape. I think this goes into a deeper place of what does that mean? What is prayer offered in faith? Don’t all prayers indicate faith? Does this mean that if the person doesn’t recover the prayers were not faithful enough?

For a long time (because of the way I was raised) I would have answered, yes – yes, you can judge someone’s faithfulness and value in the kingdom of heaven by the effects of their prayer. I didn’t believe it in my mind, but my heart feared it was true. I was actually scared to pray for fear that the lack of results would demonstrate the distance between God and myself. Proof that He was done with me.

That is not how it works.

Prayer offered in faith says, “Take this, because I can’t. Take it, because it’s too big. Take all of this, and do what You will.” It says, “Thank You for Your divine plan, for Your love, for Your grace, for Your amazing blessings.” A prayer offered in faith says, “Help me with this.” “Help them with this.” “We are filled with hope and thanksgiving.” Above ALL things it says, “I trust You and Your plan, and I know that in the end all will unfold the way You see best and in a way that no one here could do any better.” There is no fear this won’t work. There is no not-good-enough-to-pray.

Finally, prayers of faith for someone ill say, “I would love for my loved one to be restored to earthly health so I can continue to love them and be loved by them on this physical plain, BUT I know that true and total restoration comes when we are brought home to You and I am thankful that my loved is going to be restored, will receive peace, one way or another.” I am in no way saying not to pray for earthly peace or healing, just that if our wish and our Father’s will do not line up we need to be prepared to understand that that is all that happened. There is no personal responsibility to “bad prayer” or “undeserving prayer warriors” – and as long as we know that no matter how “off” things seem God truly does have the greatest plan.

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