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I grew up in the Christian church. That is to say, I grew up in the Land of Faith, and I have always found it to be a lovely land. It is full of beauty, color, light, sound, mercy, love, forgiveness and compassion. It is a land of joy, strength, and laughter. Because I live in the Land of Faith, now at age 88 I have a city inside my head: memorized music from the great composers, poetry, texts, hymns, images—they’re all playing in there; and I have fellowship and a bond with others who also hunger that there be a God, and love the idea that we have a Creator.
I have friends, of course, who know no such hunger. They not only do not believe we have a creator, they feel no need that there be one. Some of them, indeed, are glad there is no one to whom they will be ultimately accountable, or to whom they owe Gratitude.
Talk between those who feel a hunger that there be a God and those who do not, is usually not very fruitful. The conversation usually degenerates into each side trying to convince the other that they are wrong. For example, Richard Dawkins, in his book The God Delusion states “If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.“ There are also the famous atheist billboards in New York’s Times Squareand elsewhere. On the other side, there are fundamentalist and evangelical Christians who feel a deep need to convince those who have no hunger for God, of the error of their ways—and they have Biblical texts to justify their doing this.
I myself have never been a fundamentalist, and never could be one. I have never felt any need to convert those who feel no hunger for God. My thoughts run in another direction, entirely: Let it be, let it be, let it be. We who have a hunger for God should just place those who do not, into the hands of the God they do not believe in. And let it be. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
But among ourselves, I think we should talk. Talk and share. By the age of 88, you have had a lot of experiences. A lot. And you have learned a lot. So, I thought today I would share my experiences with prayer. Particularly with prayer for healing. When I have seen prayers for the healing of someone, and small miracles then occur, I have noticed certain things that hinder such prayers, and certain things that seem to help. So, here are my learnings, for what they're worth:
1. They begin by focussing on God, and thanking Him (Her) for all past blessings in their life. If we are not grateful for what we have already received, why should we think that we will receive any more?
2. They then tell Our Creator, that they trust in His power to intervene in our lives, but only when invited in.
3. They picture to themselves a door, and beyond that door lies a beautiful countryside with a radiant, healed person, for whom they are praying