Prayers for Miracles
In 2003 Jeannette Cooperman published an article in the National Catholic Reporter entitled, “Replacing Prayer with Pills.” In it she illustrates a scene in a local community center where people of various ages can be seen treating “their medicine and herbs the way pagans treat fire” (14). In developed countries around the world people sink themselves into poverty and submit themselves to increasing taxes to maintain an ever increasing dependence on pills and other medications. With all this blind dependence it is no wonder that some religious organizations consider the taking of medication contrary to God’s teachings.
Prayers for Miracles – God Works Through Means
However, before committing to a total dependence on Biblical style miracles, it is important to remember that God works through means. My freshmen year of high school my principal’s 30 year old, healthy wife and mother of three suffered a rip inside a chamber of her heart. The condition was completely undetectable and considered all but fatal. For hours, doctors struggled to restart the dying muscle. Thankfully, they did, and despite hours of oxygen deprivation, she suffered no long-term brain damage. After searching the medical records, doctors discovered they had become only the second team of physicians in medical history to save a patent after this type of heart trauma. No doubt, God laid his healing hands upon that women that day as she lay dying in the operating room. I firmly believe that an entire community worth of prayers helped attribute to this healing. I also firmly believe that fourteen hours of surgery contributed to that healing.
While an individual’s dependence on medicine can become sacrilegious, the medical world is not an idol or the antichrist. At a 1996 meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians ninety-nine percent of doctors agreed that a patient’s spiritual beliefs can play a major role in their successful treatment. A study conducted that same year shows that forty-three percent of doctors pray for their patents (Dubois 25). John 14:22 states, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” Are we to believe that the words of the Great Physician were not intended for modern physicians? Again, God works through means. God encourages us to call on His name, not on the pharmacy’s. In times of trouble however, it is important to remember that the miracle we are praying for can come in the form of modern medicine, healthy eating, exercise, an anonymous donor, or healing that seems straight out of Scripture.
Some Prayers for Miracles:
The Miracle Prayer
Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me.
In Thy Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I
give Thee my entire self, Lord Jesus, I accept Thee as my Lord God and Savior. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit.
Come Lord Jesus, cover me with Thy Precious Blood, and fill me with Thy Holy Spirit, I love Thee Lord Jesus, I praise Thee Lord Jesus, I thank Thee Jesus, I shall follow Thee every day of my life. Amen.
Mary, My Mother, Queen of Peace, all the Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.
Saint Anthony’s Prayer for a Miracle
Dear St. Anthony, your prayers obtained miracles during your lifetime. You still seem to move at ease in the realm of minor and major miracles.
St. Anthony, Performer of Miracles, please obtain for me the blessings God holds in reserve who serve Him. Pray that I may be worthy of the promises my Lord Jesus attaches to confident prayer.
(Mention your special intentions.)
Cooperman, Jeannette. “Replacing Prayer With Pills.” National Catholic Reporter 40.2 (2003): 14. Academic Search Premier. Web. 4 Aug. 2013.
Dubois, Christine. “Prayer.”U.S. Catholic 62.10 (1997): 25. Academic Search Premier. Web. 4 Aug. 2013.
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