Monday, 12 October 2009
I found this article on aolzines.com (I think) and I was so interested in it! I was devestated because this couple prayed for their daughter who died at their home, rather than calling the ambulance first. I wasn't devestated because they prayed for her instead of calling the ambulance; I was more surprised that she died when they prayed for her.
As a Christian who has witnessed the power of prayer for healing in my own life and other's that I know, when I read this I asked "Why do some people get healed through prayer and others don't?" I have seen a man's right leg grow longer to match his left leg, so that he could walk straight. I have prayed for two girls who had headaches through prayer their headaches immediately went away. As for myself, I was nauseous, threw up two times at a conference once and so I prayed. I rebuked satan and immediately the feeling of nausea went away.
My first response was this: "The parents didn't have enough faith that God would heal their daughter."
But then, I realized something else. God is God and we are not. He knows the best time for EVERYthing, whether it be death, a job change, a call into missions, or whatever. We cannot pray to God with manipulation of His will. Yes, we can and must use the scriptures to pray, for God is not a liar (Numbers 23:19), He WILL honor His word. However. if we pray expecting ONLY our way, rather than being open and content for whatever happens (knowing that God is always good and that the world is fallen and not a result of God's actions but the fallen world's), then that is wrong. I am not saying that this is what the parents here did though. I don't know their hearts or reactions.
The parents were sentenced to jail time, about 6 months for each of them.
You can read the whole article here.
The saddest thing is that on a poll for this article AOL asks, "Do you believe prayer is an effective way of medical healing," 81 percent of poll-takers said they don't believe prayer is an effective method to heal someone, while only 19 percent said they believe it is effective for healing!! YOU KNOW there's a problem with our country when the majority of the people living here are claiming to be Christians yet they don't believe that the gifts of God are active today! The Bible says that God is the "same yesterday, today and forever!" (Hebrews 13:8)
What do you think about this case? Do you think that the parents should have gotten jail time? Do you personally believe in or have you witnessed a healing miracle through praying? If so, what was it? If you don't believe in the power of prayer for things such as healing, why not? Why do you think people (Christians & non-Christians) don't believe in the power of healing through prayer?
Are are your answers to these question? What's your reaction to the decision of this girl's parents?