Answered (Questions about) Prayer
- Monday, November 06, 2006
4) How do you deal with the sin of anger when it is so real an emotion?
Anger is not always sinful. There are times when we ought to be angry. When we read about that man who shot those Amish schoolchildren, we ought to either be angry or heartbroken, or both. If we can sit by and be unmoved by the suffering of the world, then there is something wrong with us. It is not wrong to be angry at the wanton destruction of unborn human life through abortion. And if that anger leads us to get involved in helping unwed mothers choose life, then our anger has led to a righteous action. When Jesus saw the sorrow of Mary over the death of Lazarus, He was deeply moved and troubled in His spirit. That is why "Jesus wept" (John 11:35). The phrase "deeply troubled" speaks of sorrow and anger mixed together as Jesus confronted the awesome reality of death. Anger becomes sinful when we do not deal with it, when we let it fester within, when we make excuses for it, or when we allow it to control us.
5) What part does the faith of the person being prayed for play in the prayer for healing versus the faith of the person doing the praying?
We know that faith releases God's power. Sometimes when Jesus healed, He responded to the faith of the person calling out to Him. Other times He responded to the faith of those who brought the sick person to Him.
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Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries and author of And When You Pray. He has ministered extensively overseas and is a frequent conference speaker and guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. He has authored over 27 books, including Credo, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul, and Why Did This Happen to Me?
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