Signs of the Times

Topic: The Healing Power of Good

[Rev. James Reid, D. D., in the British Weekly, London, England]

There is a danger that prayer should be merely a means of getting something from God which we have failed to get by our own efforts. That is all that prayer means to some people. It might give us a shock if we brought our prayers under that light. We might find that what we really wanted was not God's will or His fellowship, but just escape from some danger or success in some plan. It is perfectly true that God means us to ... bring everything to Him about which we are anxious or troubled. But real prayer is prayer for God's will to be done in our lives and the lives of those for whom we pray. In God's will is all that is good. ...

I have known a man who sought God for years because he wanted to be freed from the handicap of ill-health and nothing happened. But he found both God and physical deliverance when he was willing to seek life with God, however crippled. ...

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February 4, 1939

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