Many of us have seen people ask for prayers on facebook and other social media, and so we see people respond with words like; “sending positive thoughts your way”, “sending healing thoughts your way” or simply “thinking of you”. It appears that many people believe that simply having the right thoughts will accomplish what prayer won’t. It would seem to me that if someone is requesting you to pray on their behalf, that is what should be done.
Positive thoughts on our part when it comes to someone’s illness or life situation, what does that mean? Does simply thinking positive thoughts about another’s problems really help? Do we possess the power to change someone’s life by simply thinking it into being?
When someone asks for prayer that it was they want. They want you to pray to God on their behalf. A person gets to the point of asking for prayer because they realize the circumstances are beyond human help and are requesting divine intervention. Responding with “positive thoughts” keeps the request within the realm of human influence. Our thoughts are not divine and certainly do not carry healing powers. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9 (ESV)
Today when we receive a request for prayers lets remember our place, and hand the request over to the one that can handle it. Let’s pray.
© 2014 Leo J. Woodman