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Selected Messages Book 2, Page 345

Chapter 43—Miraculous Healing

[The items appearing here are supplemental to the abundance of counsel on prayer for the sick. See the Ministry of Healing, pp. 225-233; Counsels on Health, 373-382; Medical Ministry, 195-196; also the 36-page pamphlet, “Guiding Principles in Prayer for the Sick.”—Compilers.]

A Delicate Situation

In regard to the matter of prayer for the sick, many confusing ideas are advanced. One says, “He who has been prayed for must walk out in faith, giving God the glory, and making use of no remedies. If he is at a health institute he should leave it at once.”

I know that these ideas are wrong, and that if accepted they would lead to many evils.

On the other hand, I do not wish to say anything that might be interpreted to mean a lack of belief in the efficacy of prayer.

The path of faith lies close beside the path of presumption. Satan is ever seeking to lead us into false paths. He sees that a misunderstanding of what constitutes faith will confuse and disappoint. He is pleased when he can persuade men and women to reason from false premises.

I can pray for the sick only in one way—“Lord, if it be in accordance with Thy will, for Thy glory and the good

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