August 2, 2007 at 11:27 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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There is an article on the London Times website that talks about the miracle of a priest praying for rain. Reading the article, it is uplifting and not so uplifting at the same time. The uplifting part is the fact that the priest felt the burden of the people of his community and interceded for their needs. They had been facing a long drought and the much-needed rain was nowhere to be found. Father Angelo Marcandella prayed for rain for three days and on the fourth day, the skies opened and the rain fell. Anyone that knows me, knows that I can’t help but ask questions. Sometimes it gets me in trouble because some people don’t like to have things questioned. Other times, it gets me labelled. None of that keeps me from asking them though.  

As I read this article, I began to ask a few questions. The first question that came to mind was: “Why is anyone surprised?”  Of all the people in the world, the ones who should be least surprised are Christians. There are many scriptures (Mk. 11:23-25, Mt. 7:7-8, Jas. 1:5-8, Jas. 4:2) that show that Christians should be able to ask and expect in faith that what they ask for will happen. 1 John 5:14-15 says that there is a stipulation though. We are to ask according to His Will. So when someone prays to God and that prayer gets answered, should we be surprised? NO! We should rejoice and praise God. We may even dance and sing, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Why? Because we should know that we’re asking according to His Will. The only way to be sure is to make sure that it lines up with the Word of God. 

The next question that came to mind was: “Who performed the miracle?” The article says that the father said that he had performed the miracle before. I disagree. God performed the miracle both times. I’m not denying that the father had a part in it. I’m just saying that anytime something like this has happened to me, it has been God and not something I’ve done. What adds to this is that the father says that this was in response to the same “pattern” that he prayed in March. Is there a formula that we can come up with for rain? Does it include liturgical or ritualistic prayers to the dead saints? If so, how many times must we say them a day for the three-day pattern for rain to come? What speed should we say them? How loud? All of this may seem ridiculous, but that how it looks from my side too…How can the dead hear, let alone answer our prayers? There is nothing in the Bible that states that the dead can answer our prayers. Is the fact that cancer hasn’t been cured yet due to the fact that we haven’t found the right combination of liturgy and ritual? That we haven’t found the right prayer to the right dead saint and the right number of days?

I just don’t get it I guess. Having prayers answered and seeing miracles is something that the body of Christ should be doing all the time. This should be commonplace in occurrence but not value…And when it happens, it shouldn’t be because I said the right prayer the correct number of times while directing it toward the specific saint. It should be because I am lined up with God’s Word, I’m free from sin and bondage, and I’m seeking the Lord above all else…

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