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Does praying for the sick imply that we can change God’s mind?


I&#039;ve been having trouble lately defending the practice of praying for those who are sick. Praying that those who are ill and their loved ones would accept God&#039;s will, whatever that may be—that type of prayer makes sense to me. But doesn&#039;t praying for someone&#039;s healing imply that we have some control over God&#039;s will? If God felt it was time to bring a sick person home to him, would everyone&#039;s prayers for healing somehow change God&#039;s mind, as if what we wanted was better for the world than God&#039;s plan? And if prayer can accomplish that, it seems unfair to the sick person who has no one to pray for him.


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