Does Prayer Alone Bring Healing?
Recently I was at 7 Women – 7 Stories. A conference hosted by Anne Beiler, the founder of the very successful Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzel franchise. If she only told that part of her story, she would be a rousing American success story.
But Anne now shares the story of her painful struggles in life also. Years ago, her husband and her lost a young daughter in an accident. This began a series of events that plunged Anne into a nightmare that held her hostage for decades and almost ruined her body, mind and spirit.
She lived in misery for years, because she kept her struggles secret, scared to share them with anyone.
Anne prayed for hours to be delivered from her struggles and her depression. While there was nothing wrong with praying, she didn’t receive healing from it. It was only after she broke her silence and told one person, that she felt a glimmer of hope.
That gave her courage to tell another person and then to go for counseling and take more steps towards healing. Now she devotes her life to sharing her story of healing in person and has written about it in Twist of Faith.
I appreciate her willingness to talk about that ‘scared cow’ of Christianity — the one that implies prayer alone will solve everything. We usually see experts when our body needs healing, but when it’s our mind and spirit, too often we try to pray our way to healing.
When I struggled with depression, I talked to God until I was blue in the face — I was still depressed and miserable.
It was only through help from a mentor and a counselor that I was able to have hope again. As I learned how to be honest with myself, with others and with God, healing for my traumatized mind and spirit slowly happened … and still continues.
My idealistic view of God wanted him to magically fix all my problems, but reality showed me it wasn’t going to work that way. Just as I had to work to help my body heal (physical therapy, eat healthy, rest and exercise) I also had to work to help my mind and spirit heal (talk, be counseled, think, process and make choices).
Do you think prayer alone solves everything? Or what others things have you found to help your body, mind or spirit heal?This is part of a Blog Carnival hosted by Bridget Chumbley at One Word at a Time – the theme today is healing. .