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Making praying for others more powerful (part two)

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing.
Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing.
AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito

If you believe God already loves us so much that anyone else’s entreaty can’t boost God’s love, why pray for someone?

Because there is power in praying as a group, and even in praying for others; that power is the focus of intent. Praying for others at the very least can feel good to the person doing the praying. If it isn’t just a rote response, there is a feeling of doing something loving for another. Loving another, having that love flow through you, can feel wonderful.

Also, when everyone in a congregation prays for someone, there is a feeling of being part of a community that cares for its members. The people being prayed for get the message that they are cared about. They are loved enough for someone to take the time to think about their needs.

Medical research has shown, when people feel good (worthy, loved), their immune systems respond better and they get well faster. Additionally, whenever someone’s feeling of self-worth goes up, it is easier for them to mobilize their resources to achieve what they want.

The Law of Attraction tells us what we envision is more likely to occur. Faith healers believe in their power. When they feel confident, they know the person before them will become well, and in that certainty they invite the ill person to feel the same. When someone accepts this, in that moment their self-perception changes and their body responds.

Scientists call this the placebo effect, and it can actually be much more powerful than a modern medical procedure. “Praying for another” in this instance, is holding an unwavering image of the person as having what they want—and inviting them to do the same.

So, even if Source or God loves us so much that praying for another is never necessary, there is still something to be gained for the person making that effort and the one being cared about.

If we look at faith healing and prayer for others from the traditional perspective, the people doing this are literally trying to bend God’s will. God wasn’t helping this sick person before, and now He is. What made the difference? The one helping can say, “It was the power of my prayer and my ability to heal that made God change His mind. I can take the power of the Creator and shape it to my desires.” (They may say it was all God’s doing. But if they really believed that, why offer their services?)

Having God respond to your wishes is a heady feeling. And this is essentially what happens. Understanding the Law of Attraction makes clear how this is so. What the healer does is not so much change the mind of an overarching God, but change the mind of the ill person—the co-creator with Source or God via the Law of Attraction.

A side-effect of telling someone you will pray for them can be the message that they aren’t worthy enough or good enough on their own to receive God’s love and blessings. Many of us are taught this and then spend the rest of our lives praying for others and being grateful that others will pray for us.

A more powerful path is to reinforce how worthy and loved we all are in the eyes of God. Rather than telling someone you will pray for them and then asking God on their behalf, you can help them feel their worthiness and connection to Source. And then picture them—and help them picture themselves—as having achieved the resolution of that which ails them.

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