God Isn’t Finish Yet!

As a charismatic Catholic I often get asked to pray for the healing of other people, many of whom are in their eighties and nineties. There is often the temptation not to bother praying for the healing of a person in their nineties. You wonder if God is calling them home and whether or not God would want you to pray for their healing.
The thing that we have to remember is that if a person is alive God isn’t finish with them yet. As long as they have breath God is still working on them. While the likelihood of a physical healing may not be great, that usually is the last kind of healing that God does. All of us need spiritual healing of some sort. We may also need emotional, relational or intellectual healing.
It is not our job to decide or judge. Our job is simply to pray and let God decide what kind of healing is most needed. Personally, I like to pray for people before the Eucharist asking the Holy Spirit to help them to be open to whatever graces the Lord wants to grant them.
We don’t know everything they need and most often neither do they know. Our prayers may open their eyes to a need to forgive someone or a need to reconcile with someone. They may receive the courage to ask someone for forgiveness.
It is possible that our prayers help them to receive spiritual healing, to recognize a sin or fault that they need to take to the Lord. We may help them to let go of the past, to let go of the anger and resentment they carry over something that happened way back during their teenage years or earlier.
By praying we may help them to focus more on Jesus and less on themselves, to make Jesus the center of their lives before they die. Perhaps God wants them to learn humility.
Often God wants them to learn to trust in Him, not to be afraid of dying but to trust in His mercy. How blessed are we if we get to help someone open their heart to the mercy of God and not be afraid. So many people are afraid of death yet Jesus personally appeared to St. Faustina to tell us we need not be afraid but need to trust in His Divine Mercy.
Maybe all our prayers will achieve is for the person to receive the peace and courage they need to face death. We may be disappointed but what greater grace could they receive? What more could they really need?
God alone knows what they need best. All we are called to do is pray with love and leave the rest up to God. This is a perfect time to pray in the Spirit to pray in tongues and allow God to use us for His purposes.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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