Praying for a Sick Christians is a Waste of TimeThis statement is rather blunt. Many people will be able to point to times when it was not true, but it points to a truth that all Christians need to understand.
When a Christian friend gets sick, the usual response is ask God to heal them. A good Christian will send out emails and phone many of their friends to get as many Christians as possible praying for their sick friend. This love and compassion is admirable, but it is mostly a waste of time, because it fails to understand the cause of sickness and what Jesus has accomplished.
The reason that praying for sick Christians is a waste of effort is that Jesus has already done everything had to be done for salvation (healing). There is nothing more that God can do except increase our faith and knowledge of his love.
The Christian who asks God to heal a sick friend does not understand God’s character. Pleading only makes sense, if we could change his mind. Our approach to prayer and healing assumes that he is stingy, but might heal the person, if enough people ask him. This is nonsense. God is good. He so badly want us whole that he allowed his only son to die a cruel death. He is not holding back his healing, waiting to see if we are desperate enough to beg him to change his mind.
We need less praying, and more understanding of how Jesus died on the cross to defeat sickness. When a Christian gets sick there are two possible reasons. I will discuss those tomorrow.
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