The power of faith and prayer for others - what does the history of the relaxed teach?
The power of faith and prayer for others truly work wonders. How else can one explain the miraculous recovery of people, an appeal to God, a change in life under the influence of a prayer not indifferent to us. Healing the paralytic, the conversion of unbelieving spouses and children are examples of substitutionary faith.
Healing the relaxed
If you take a closer look at the Gospel narration, it is not difficult to notice: Christ helps only those who approach him in faith. The lepers believe that He will heal them, the blind — that giving them sight, bleeding a woman — that only by touching Christ, she will be healed.
But there are other cases: people come to ask not for myself, but for the loved ones. Immediately remembered the story of relaxed, which brought friends. This happened in Capernaum. A lot of people gathered to listen to the teachings of Christ. And four comrades brought their sick friend.
It is necessary to immediately note the strength of their faith in the fact that Jesus will heal the sick, you just need to get to Him. There were so many people that there was no place for the apple to fall. There was no other way out than to open the roof and lower the paralytic to the feet of Christ. So did. The Gospel says:Jesus Christ, seeing the faith of the people who brought the sick, said to the paralytic: “Son! Your sins are forgiven. ”
Then, looking at the thoughts of the Pharisees, he said: The patient got up and went. This example shows us the amazing power of faith and prayer for your neighbor.
God is patient ... until the last righteous
Even if the person himself does not have a relationship with God, but there are people who love him and turn to the Lord, even this person is covered by love — human and divine.
Very often in families where one spouse is a believer, and the second is not, by the prayers and love of the first to God, the second comes. The amazing happens with lost children, who by the force of the mother’s prayer return to the temple. And the example with the relaxed, and with unbelievers spouses or children shows the same situation: someone is good or saving because of the fact that people who are in relationship with God are praying for us.
As Archpriest Andrei Tkachev says, God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah until the last righteous people, Lot's family, were there.
The power of faith and 12 akathists
It is the same in the modern world: a person does not think at all that very often it is good for him just because someone asks the Lord for them.
While a friend easily passed the difficult exam at the institute, her friend and mother bowed before the icon for her.
One priest turned to his confessor (he was then about 80 years old) with a request to pray for him before an important matter.
At the first meeting, the spiritual father asks:
- Has everything gone well?
The priest answers:
- Thank you, Father, everything went like clockwork.
To which I heard the answer:
- Well, thank God! My son, I read 12 akathists for you that night.
So God by faith sends the right not only to us, but also to the people for whom we ask. And if at some point everything in the family, the city or even the country is going well, maybe this is not our slightest merit. The Lord holds all as the family of Lot, because there is a small handful of righteous people, the power of whose prayer saves the rest from destruction.