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Does praying for the sick imply that we can change God’s mind?

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I’ve been having trouble lately defending the practice of praying for those who are sick. Praying that those who are ill and their loved ones would accept God’s will, whatever that may be—that type of prayer makes sense to me. But doesn’t praying for someone’s healing imply that we have some control over God’s will? If God felt it was time to bring a sick person home to him, would everyone’s prayers for healing somehow change God’s mind, as if what we wanted was better for the world than God’s plan? And if prayer can accomplish that, it seems unfair to the sick person who has no one to pray for him.


Do you think that those people who asked Jesus to heal them in the Gospels should have kept quiet? If Jesus wanted to heal them, he would know their need and respond if he chose to. But the fact is that Jesus told us to ask for what we need (cf. Mk 11:24, Lk 18:1). He obviously wanted those people to express their confidence in his power and love. So it is with us. It is not a matter of trying to change God’s mind. God may very well intend to heal certain sick persons if they ask him to. The prayer of petition requires faith. It is good for us, and he always wants what is good for us.


  1. Leolaydz Reply

    I agree with the answer on this! Our prayer of petition requires faith! God always wants what is good for us. If we firmly believe in God He will grant us our petition! Prayer can move mountain!

  2. lornaibanez Reply

    I agree. Faith in god.. Hope he can help my husband to get well. Coz he stroke last sunday. He cannot speak. I feel very very sad.. Pls. Pray for him to recover..

  3. Judeline June Noronha Reply

    Dear Lornaibanez,
    Sure will pray for your husband.

  4. A.O Reply

    My son needs urgent prayers, he’s seriously sick and only a miracle can heal him. Lord I believe in you. Please help me pray to God to heal him and make him whole.

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