“What Is the role of words in healing? Strictly speaking, words play no part at all in healing. The motivating factor is prayer, or asking. What you ask for you receive. But this refers to the prayer of the heart, not to the words you use in praying. (M-21.1)”
Affirmation: “Guide my prayers today.”
1 – Healing
If we are trying to heal ourselves or a brother or sister, we must be sure that the prayer of our heart is to truly heal. If we say words about healing, and do not believe that the person will live, we may be negating our prayer. Or we may be correctly intuiting. There will always be a healing, but some illnesses do end in death, and we do not know what happens after death (though there are psychic books on the market, which purport to tell us).
2 – Unbelief in the Heart
If we do not, in our heart, believe that a healing will happen, then we need to get quiet and ask for guidance. Is it true that this individual will not be healed? No, for elsewhere in the Manual, we are told that healing is always certain. We cannot understand this, for there are many illnesses that do not get “healed,” as we define the word. But I believe Jesus, and I believe that there is something going on here that I do not understand. Let us all ask for the healing that Jesus says will come, and then may we accept what does happen. There may be a greater definition of “healing” that we have ever known.
3 – Words May Be Meaningless
So know that to say words is virtually meaningless. It is the prayer of the heart that gives us the desires of our heart. And it is this that heals, this and only this.
4 – Prayer Is Asking
Prayer at its most elemental is asking. And God does not turn His back on those of us who are His children, especially when we are in need. It may sometimes seem that we have been abandoned, but this may only be a dark night of the soul (from St. John of the Cross, a medieval mystic), and the light will shine on us again. Keep hope in your mind and heart and spirit, and see what miracles take place. We will not have to wait long.
I pray for your comfort today, and I hope that this is the “prayer of the heart.” I ask for a healing of anything that is wrong for my brothers and sisters, as well as myself.
Handle my heart with gentleness, and give me the understanding, in my heart, that I need. I would follow Your guidance today, but I would not “force” myself if my form, my human body, is not ready. Jesus says this to us in A Course in Miracles, in slightly different words.
Thank You again for the blessing of ACIM.