I am creating this thread as a companion piece to my thread “Are you a blessing machine?” Sometimes people aren’t healed because the right faith-filled person did not prayer for the answer to the need in question. Here is the first of my many instructive examples that illustrate the need for reflection on precisely what is the ideal state of consciousness “to get the job done.”
(1) Anglican mystic, Agnes Sanford, has written several books on prayer and spirituality. In her classic, “The Healing Light,” she tells the story of her dying baby grandson. Doctors had doomed the baby to imminent death. She was caring for the boy and organized prayer vigils to pray for healing–to no effect. She prayed constantly for healing without success. Then one day, a young first-year Bible school student dropped by, saying, “I heard you have a dying baby here and I’ve come to pray for his healing.” Agnes said she felt indignant at his presumption. Didn’t he realize that she was an expert on prayer and that the room was prayer-saturated? The arrogance of this inexperienced young man! But she couldn’t bring herself to deny his request; so she grudgingly complied. She watched as he picked up the baby with joy radiating from his face as he lovingly prayed for the boy’s recovery. She saw the baby gloriously healed before her very eyes, and was properly humbled by the realization that this young man was the right person at that time to serve as God’s instrument of healing.
Agnes, was too ego-invested and too agitated to be God’s instrument of healing in this case, and the Bible school student’s calm divinely instilled confidence was exactly what God needed to channel full healing. Such anecdotes could be multiplied. Agnes’s humbling experience raises that question of the criteria God uses to determine “the right intercessor.”