Prayer and Healing: Is it Important to the Believer?
I know that we have all heard the cliche "stuff happens" but how many times in our lives when stuff happens do we respond by praying and seeking God for an answer to our discomfort? As Christians, sometimes I wonder how often our first response is to call someone else for an answer to what is going on in our lives rather than call on God in prayer. I believe that prayer is an essential part of why some of us receive our healing. Is.53:5 states, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of ourpeace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed".BibleGateway.com. Sometimes I believe that it is difficult for us to understand this concept; however, understanding this concept raises our level of faith and helps us in our discomfort. Hebrews 11:1 states that "now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen"; verse 6 also states that ....it is impossible to please God without faith BibleGateway.com So therefore, it takes faith to believe for healing when we are praying.
According to research, prayer has played a vital role in healing for various cultures throughout history. The word "prayer"s derived from the Latin "precari", which means, "to entreat". Prayer may also be defined as an intimate conversation with a higher being for the purpose of imploring or petitioning for something or someone Lorentz, (2004). Additionally, one of the first actual research investigations on the usefulness of prayer as a spiritual intervention for healing was conducted in 1951. It was shown that cardiovascular disease and AIDS had positive results in prayer and healing Lorentz (2004). Different people have different beliefs about prayer and healing and how the two work together. Dr Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School was one of the first medical researchers to study the health benefits of prayer and meditation. Additionally, his research proved that a person's belief system, is responsible for producing healing Lorentz (2004). Prayer has been proved to decrease heart and respiration rates.
I am a firm believer that prayer, faith, and healing work together. I am reminded of a few years ago, I was in a tragic car accident, which took the lives of two people who I loved very much. My friends and I was on our way to church and we were hit by a drunk driver. The accident left two people dead and myself and the other two young girls fighting for our lives. No matter what the doctors said to my family, prayers were being prayed for us. People were praying that God would heal us and God did exactly what His word said that He would do. Although I was in a coma for seven days, God still healed my body. I know there were people praying for me who I did not know; however I believe because of those prayers, God moved for me in a miraculously way. I am a firm believer that prayer can and will have a positive effect on us when we pray and believe or when someone else is praying for us and believing. Healing belongs to us and by the stripes of Jesus we are healed. We must pray to God for what we want and pray in faith. There is nothing to hard for God. I believe whatever we need we can find it in God. I believe God can heal us from the inside out, but we must believe that he can do it. I also believe the more time we spent in the word of God the more we know and understand who God is and how praying to Him helps us understand the power of prayer and healing.