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Does praying for someone make a difference?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I don't think it does any good to pray for someone with a health crisis. They'll either get better or they won't, depending on how they react to their medications or surgery. Praying for them doesn't make any difference, as far as I can tell. -- E.W.

A: As I read your letter I couldn't help but wonder if you've ever personally faced a serious health crisis, either in your own life or in the life of someone you love. When people do, I've found, they almost always pray -- even if they haven't had much to do with God.

Why is this? One reason is because we all know that even with the best medical care, things can go wrong, and healing is not assured. In addition, some situations are so serious that there seems to be little or no hope of recovery. We also know that our bodies and our minds are very closely connected, and if someone is very discouraged or doesn't want to live, their recovery is doubtful. Why not pray for them?

Your question, however, suggests to me that the real reason for your letter is that you simply don't believe God answers prayer, or that He even cares about us. You may not even believe He exists (or at least you're uncertain of it).

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Whatever your reasons, I challenge you to examine your doubts in the light of Jesus Christ. He was God in human form, and He came into the world to bridge the gap between us and God. Don't let doubt keep you in its grip any longer, but open your heart and mind to Jesus Christ. His promise is true: "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you" (John 15:7).

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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

(c)2018 BILLY GRAHAM DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.
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