In almost every religion, prayers play a significant role in a person's faith and belief. Prayer is one of the means of communicating with a higher being, and for Christians, praying to Jesus can also be the means to ask for favors and request, such as healing of a physical condition.
Where does this belief come from?
- God is a loving and caring being who can heal, and will heal.
- As seen in the stories in the Bible, people are healed because of their faith. Jesus has said to them that because they have strong faith, healing was then brought forth because of it.
- Such as in the two blind men, or in Mark 5:34 with the woman who has been bleeding for many years, or when Jairus wanted his daughter to be healed, Jesus replied, "Daughter, Your faith has healed you...", "...According to your faith will it be done to you", and "Don't be afraid, just believe, and she will be healed" (Luke 8:50). Acts 3:16 says, "...It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see."
- Praying for healing is a religious view that according to believers, prayer allows divine intervention or a call for divine presence that then allows its power to heal the person who prayed or the person being prayed for.
- This may involve prayers with ritualistic movements of a person or a group of persons. For groups of people requesting healing, they are usually concerned for healing of only one specific person and not the individual requests in the group.
- Music, as that played in church, and reading the Bible are also said to help in a person's healing.
- Throughout the world, even in today's times, there have been claims about healing, even of terminal illnesses such as cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, blindness, physical deformity, and paralysis, that was requested through prayer.
- Even emotional or social ‘illnesses' have been said to be cured by prayer--peace and social stability has also been attributed to be brought out by prayer.
While this belief has been around for years, there are people who say that prayer may not be enough and that it may actually cause more harm. They argue that for those who are steadfast in believing that prayer heals, there are some instances where they would cancel or delay urgent medical help by physicians in the belief that prayer alone can cure their or their loved ones illness. Prayer may or may not heal, but what is proven true is that believing and being proactive in resolving any problem, whether physical, social or emotional, can indeed cure or be the answer in these kinds of situations. More importantly, prayer brings hope to a person, and that in itself can be considered as a good result coming out of a person's faith and prayer.