Thought Conditioner #8

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16, NLT

God does heal. He does it in two ways, through science and through faith.

In healing, confession is important, for much illness results from buried resentments and guilt. Confession to a competent counselor releases these poisons, cleanses the mind and soul, thus stopping the passing on of diseased thoughts to the body. Effectual prayer, that is scientific prayer, is very powerful.

The essence of the technique is confess your faults, pray with kindred spirits even if separated by distance, and enthusiastically (fervently) believe.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale


I must confess: of any area that I seek help from the father, health usually doesn’t even make the list. Why don’t I pray for my health? I pray for the health of others and I do see results. I know God healed in the past and still does today. It’s not because I don’t think I deserve it because it’s not about us – it’s about Him. Oddly, it just doesn’t seem to cross my mind. So if I’m not praying for healing then I’m probably not dealing with my own spiritual maladies, in my case and unbalanced schedule.

I may not harbor resentment, live in bitterness or anger towards another, but I can say I’ve not been so good at stewardship of this temple – diet and exercise of course but rest is my nemesis. I am a recovering workaholic who occasionally falls off the time management wagon. If I’m not multitasking I don’t know what to do with myself. At home I just want to do, do, do. On the road, living in the wilderness I was content with just be, be, be. I miss those days but now that I’m back in the real world I struggle again to find balance between my be and my do. This is where my prayers must start – forgiveness, repentance and resting in my Lord.

Reflect: Have you received healing? Do you need healed? What do you think may be hindering your healing?


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