Prayer, Death, and Healing

Lorraine: Doing the work that I do as a medium, I often hear people say they are angry at you or hate you because a loved one of theirs has died. They believe you should have healed their loved one or somehow prevented their death. I’m always perplexed when I hear this. And I’ve often wondered, how do you feel about the people who say this about you?

Jesus: It will be difficult for some people to believe what I’m about to say because their religion teaches otherwise. It’s not possible for me to heal everyone, or to prevent everyone’s death. Not everyone is meant to be healed or saved from dying. Sooner or later everyone must die. Death is inevitable. Even during my physical lifetime, I didn’t heal everyone or resurrect every person from the dead. Nor did I prevent the death of all those that were dying. I healed only those that could be healed, resurrected the few that could be raised from the dead, and saved those that could be saved from death- regardless of whether they were believers or non-believers, Jews or gentiles, Romans or other non-Israelites. Healing, resurrecting, and saving everyone from death wasn’t and isn’t possible.

Lorraine: But you did heal everyone you touched, including those that touched you. You healed anyone that asked for healing. You healed freely and generously, denying no one. Is this not correct?

Jesus: No, not entirely. The stories in the New Testament are about my teachings, the words I spoke, and my healing work. They tell about the miracles and about my people, and the times in which I lived. They tell about my persecution and death for doing the work God sent me to do. They give the reader a small glimpse of my life; who and what I was, what I did, and where I traveled. While the Gospels say little about the people I didn’t heal, they acknowledge that I didn’t heal everyone.

Lorraine: But you did heal everyone that came to you? Is that much correct?

Jesus: Yes. Because of their belief – that they would be healed through me.  They are the ones that could be healed. But there were many people that weren’t healed because they could not be healed.  These were the ones I wouldn’t heal.

This is a hard concept for people to grasp; why I healed some and not all, and why it was not possible to heal everyone. It was hard for my disciples too. When preparing them to go out into the world to teach and heal, I told them to heal anyone in need and anyone that wanted healing. But not everyone they gave healing to was cured. And when they came back, they wanted to know why. So, before I tell you why, I want to tell the healers who are reading this text to read it very carefully. This is an important lesson I had to teach my disciples, and it’s an important lesson for all healers. Not everyone you touch, do laying on of hands, or pray for will be healed.

Healers can only heal those that are ready to be healed; those who believe in their healing, in me, and in God – and to a certain extent, their healer. Healing requires faith. But that’s not all. For it is God that chooses who is to be healed – not the instruments who do his work. Healers are God’s instruments. They provide healing through touch and prayer. God decides what healing, if any, will take place.

While the procedures to provide healing to the supplicant are quite simple, the mechanics of healing are quite difficult to grasp. Of all the people that go to healers to receive healing, only a percentage of them truly want to be healed. While earnest in their petition for healing, they may be too afraid to receive it, or they may feel unworthy of being healed, and some people really do want to die. Some people are ready to die and have accepted the fact that they are dying. They believe it is God’s will for them. And, in fact, it may be God’s will for them. But let’s not forget that death is just as healing as a physical cure. Sometimes it is easier to die than to fight a long and difficult battle to get well, especially when it is uncertain if the battle can or will be won. Death is easier than living. And some people choose and prefer it over a physical cure, whether they acknowledge it verbally or not.

In your work, Lorraine, you have seen people touched by the hand of God; you have personally touched and prayed over several cancer patients, some of whom died a short time later. You felt sad and angry when your petition for healing wasn’t granted. What you didn’t realize was, they were healed. Death was their healing and it came swiftly. In fact, they received the ultimate healing – they went home to be with God. There is no better healing than that.

When dealing with death, it is important to remember that some people die because they are old. And/or it is their time to die. It is easier and less painful to die. Ultimately, of course, it is God who has the final say as to who lives, who dies, and when death occurs. When it’s God’s will for someone to be healed or saved from dying, I am the instrument that carries out his word. I fulfill his word as his son through many means. Healers are among the many instruments that I work through. And they should heal freely. But not everyone they work with will be healed for reasons stated above. And aside from me, no one knows God’s will, so healers should never question the work they do.

Lorraine: If you are God’s instrument for healing, why do you need me? Why do you need any healer to work through? I understand why you would need me to write your words for others to read, but why do you need me or anyone else to be a healer?

Jesus: Why can’t there be two instruments for God’s work? Or three or four, or even five million? Why can’t I work on God’s behalf, and you work on both of our behalves? You provide prayer and the laying on of hands to the supplicant. God determines what the healing will be, if any, and how it is to be carried out. I then deliver God’s healing through your hands. We are both needed. All healers are needed. Does this make sense to you?

Lorraine: Well, the way you’ve said it, yes it does. But Jesus, we both know you don’t need anyone to give healing to a supplicant.

Jesus: That is where you are wrong. I very much need you. I need every healer I can get. People believe in healing. And they believe an instrument, like a healer, is necessary to give the healing. But it can also be a cloth that’s been anointed for healing or prayer that is spoken by one or many. Few people believe in spontaneous healing. Although I will tell you, it does occur. And let’s not forget other factors like the comfort one feels when talking to a compassionate human being or being touched by a human hand. Do you have any idea how healing a hug can be? Or, how soothing it is to have someone hold your hand when you’re sick and dying? While not all deaths and illnesses can be prevented, a caring touch, empathetic ear, or loving embrace can ease the fear and pain of illness and make the transition into spirit a whole lot easier.

Lorraine: I see your point. Do you mind if we go back to the original question? We kind of got sidetracked. Again, there are people that hate you because they have lost a loved one that you did not heal or save. Unfortunately, I know too many people who feel this way. As you know, I lost my four-year-old dog to cancer. With an elderly dog in the house that has lived beyond her life expectancy, I felt angry and resentful that it was my youngest dog that had to die. So, I sort of understand now how they feel, but I still can’t comprehend their hatred for you. What do you have to say to these people? Do you have any feelings for them? And why am I so angry about Oreo’s death?

Oreo 2015-2019

Jesus: First of all, you are not angry with me. You are angry at the fact that your beloved dog died at such a young age; that her health declined so rapidly, and despite all the treatments, she didn’t get well. You are angry that she got cancer, died, and is gone forever. And more importantly, you’re angry because you had a dog that showed you a great deal of love every day, and now that love is gone. Cancer brings up emotions in people they may have never felt before and might not understand. Unresolved emotions make you question everything about life, religion, and spirituality. You are angry because the dog you loved is forever gone. Do you not think that that is why everyone else is angry? Because their loved one has died? And perhaps they weren’t prepared to lose their loved one, nor ready to let them go? And because the love they received from their loved one is now gone, they feel lost and alone? Do you think that this could be at the core of their anger and hatred towards me?

Lorraine: Yes, I suppose it is. But why do they direct their anger towards you, or God for that matter, and I don’t? And what can you do to get them to be believers again?

Jesus: These are difficult questions to answer. Everyone is different. As angry as you are about the loss of your dog, you understand that I am real. And that healing is real. And that I love every being on the planet Earth because they are children of God. I listen to every prayer and intervene when I can. When God permits me. When I’m truly needed. But I can’t fix every problem nor can I heal every ailment. And I can’t prevent everyone from dying. But I can and do listen. And I can and do feel compassion for you. And even when I can’t intervene, I am here to lift you up.

It makes people feel better to talk to me, to seek my help, and to request healing. Whether they are healed or not, whether their problem is resolved or not – that’s not always important. And I want you to understand one thing; while I can’t always intervene, every prayer is answered. Sometimes the answer is no because what they are petitioning God for is not in accordance with his will.

For those that choose to hate me or be angry with me, I cannot change their hearts or minds. Only they can do that. Deep down they know I am not responsible for the death of their loved ones. Nor am I responsible for anyone’s illness or problems, which, by the way, most people bring on themselves. I am not responsible for anyone not being healed, nor for not saving anyone that is dying. Whatever the outcome is in any situation where prayer is involved, and you are not exercising your own free will, it is the desired outcome of God – and, in many cases, the supplicant too.

You winced, Lorraine. That, apparently, did not sit well with you. But I’m afraid it’s true. Not everything you pray for is what you truly want. Some people who pray for healing truly want to die. Some people who pray for money don’t want to work. And sometimes people who pray for the healing of a loved one, really don’t want that loved one to survive. Feelings get in the way and play a very important role in prayer. You pray for what you think is right or what you think you want. But sometimes your heart may be saying something completely different. When this occurs, you’re saying to God: I’m petitioning you for this, but I really want that. This creates for a conflicted prayer, which can never be answered to the petitioner’s satisfaction. This may be hard for some to fathom. But, Lorraine, you have experienced this in your own work, have you not?

Lorraine: Yes, I have. And on some level, it does make sense. But what about when the opposite occurs. What happens when someone’s prayer is based solely on their feelings, and it isn’t right, and maybe it’s even illegal? Do you listen to and answer those prayers, as well?

Jesus: Yes, I do. I listen to all prayers. And all prayers are answered. But remember, sometimes the answer is no. Let’s put this into context. Let’s say someone prays that their father and mother will die because they will receive a sizable inheritance when their deaths occur. A month later their parents die in an automobile accident. Although the petitioner knew at the time of their prayer that what they were praying for was wrong, they got their wish. It happens. And the petitioner may even feel remorse for the prayer, realizing that it is better to be poor than to have no family. I urge you to be careful what you pray for, especially when they’re based purely on your emotions. What feels good today may not feel good tomorrow. Getting back to my example. Would God grant this person’s prayer request? Certainly not. If this situation and outcome were real, either the parents’ deaths would be coincidental, it was their time to die, or someone committed murder.

Lorraine: Is there such a thing as coincidence?

Jesus: Actually, no. But it’s a term you and your readers understand. And it correctly illustrates my point. Coincidence is nothing more than synchronicity.

Lorraine: There’s another topic I can see us talking about in the future.

Jesus: I look forward to it. I chose this example to illustrate to you that people don’t always know what’s in their own best interests. And they certainly don’t know what’s in the best interests of others. But God does. Praying for the death of your parents is not what’s best for you or for them. And certainly, God would never give the petitioner what they prayed for. But at the same time, he also would never intervene in the exercising of your free will, or the free will of others. And this is why you have crimes such as murder.

Lorraine: I really don’t wish to continue talking about the death of anyone’s parents, but in your example, you said the supplicant’s petition to God was based on the fact that he would receive a large inheritance. But what if it was something else? What if the petitioner was being abused by his parents, and he was asking God to end their lives to end the abuse? What would God do then?

Jesus: The answer to the prayer would still be no. There are better ways to resolve that kind of problem. Murder would never be one of them.

Lorraine: Prayer is a tricky thing. The mechanics of it are just as difficult to understand as healing.

Jesus: That’s a true statement. For the best possible outcome for all involved – always pray for what you know is right – right in your heart, and right in your mind. Make sure the two are on the same page.

Lorraine: How do you always know when the two are on the same page?

Jesus: That’s a good question. Truth is, you won’t always know. So, when petitioning God for help or healing, either for yourself or a loved one, pray for what’s best for you or the person you’re praying for. Pray for the best possible outcome. Pray with confidence and faith that God will do what is right and best for all involved.

Lorraine: Jesus, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to be healed of cancer? And who wouldn’t want their loved one to survive? That doesn’t make any sense to me.

Jesus:  You’d be surprised. While my example above was fictional, there are plenty of people in the world who would rather see their loved ones die than get well, for reasons that often have to do with money.  Money makes people think and do horrible things. But there are other examples I could give you, as well. Like the person who, although is requesting healing for themselves, would rather die so they can get out of an abusive marriage. Or the person who prays for a job promotion because they need more money to support their family. They may not really want that promotion because it will mean more work, longer hours, and more time away from their family. Now I ask you, how can God successfully answer any of these conflicted prayers? He cannot – at least not to the satisfaction of the petitioner. When your heart and mind are on the same page, and you pray for what is right, and in the best interest of all those involved, then God can answer that prayer successfully. And when he does, it’s called a miracle.

Lorraine: Interesting. Are most of us praying wrong?

Jesus: A good number of you are, yes.

Lorraine: Okay then, what do you say to help the people who hate you because they have lost a loved one but don’t know that their prayers were not answered because they were conflicted? Or, because they were not in the best interest of all involved?

Jesus: I say, it’s okay to hate me. I won’t love you any less. It’s okay to get angry at me; to take your hurt and pain out on me, and to misdirect your negative emotions onto me. It’s okay to feel whatever you feel. Your feelings are neither right nor wrong. They just are. I will never turn my back on you in your time of need.

When your feelings change, your mind will likely change too. And when you’re ready to accept me back into your life, I will be there with open arms. I will never hate you or forsake you. I will never forget about you or ignore you. And I will never ever give up on you. Not for any reason. And should you never change your mind and welcome me back into your heart, I will still bring you home to God when your time on Earth is done. Nothing will ever change that.

But I must forewarn you, the time apart is long and hard. Anger is a hard emotion to live with. It wears and tears on your nerves and the cardiovascular system. Anger festers. It turns into hate. And the hatred spreads like a disease. Finding peace and tranquility in your life and in the world will be challenging. You’ll begin to feel less alive, less happy, and less fulfilled. You’ll trudge through life and it will make you weary. People won’t want to be around you. You’ll be more isolative, and the world will become a lonely and bitter place to be. I know some of you are experiencing this already. Your anger is killing you. Many of you who are living in anger are also living in poor health. And all the while you are destroying yourselves with anger, I am here, waiting for you with love, peace, and healing. Why would any of you choose anger and hate over love?

If your loved one dies after you’ve prayed for healing, it was God’s will. And maybe it was your loved one’s will too – even if they never say so. You may never know why your loved one died. But if you remember that there is life after death, and there is no illness, crime, hatred, or hardship of any kind in heaven, you might begin to understand why being in heaven, with all it has to offer, is preferable to fighting and surviving an illness, injury, or crime.

I understand this may be hard for some of you to comprehend. You were born with the will to live. It is natural for you to pray for life when faced with death; to overcome any illness or injury, and to conquer any problem life can throw at you. While it’s hard for you to fathom why any other outcome would be in your best interest or the best interest of a loved one, I can promise you without a shadow of a doubt, it can be. And that’s why it’s so important to surrender to God’s will and to accept it in your heart even when your mind can’t grasp it.

Think about that for a while.

Lorraine: That’s a lot to absorb. Please let me make sure I understand. Are you suggesting that when faced with a difficult problem, an illness, or a life and death situation, that we should not fight it but surrender to God? There is a religion that promotes that – that their lives are in the hands of God, and therefore, they will not seek medical care when illness strikes. Is this what you mean? I just can’t subscribe to that belief, and I certainly can’t espouse it to others. When faced with a life and death situation, I’m going to fight for my life. I going to fight to overcome an illness or injury because I want to live, not die. How could you suggest otherwise?

Jesus: I’m not suggesting otherwise. You have the will to live for a reason. It helps you overcome many things in life. But when you can no longer fight; when the battle has become too hard; when cancer has spread throughout your body and you’re too weak to fight – there is a time to surrender to God. And you might not always know when that time is, but you’ll always know when it is not.

For the record, I know of the religion that you were referring to. There are actually many religions that do not believe in and reject all forms of medical care. Unfortunately, they’re all misleading and misguiding their flocks. If you are sick, see your doctor. Doctors, hospitals, and medication are there for a reason. Use them. They are helpful. They can’t cure everything. But more things are curable with proper medical care than without it. And pray while you are sick or injured and receiving medical care. God and I hear every prayer. And every prayer is answered. And sometimes, when healing occurs, it occurs through the use of medicine and the hands of doctors.

Lorraine: Well, this has been one of our more interesting conversations. I wasn’t expecting you to talk about healers or the need for them. Or, doctors and medicine for that matter. Why was it important that you talk about healers in this dialogue?

Jesus: The original question was about anger and hatred, and why some people displace those emotions towards me when a loved one has died. Sometimes too they are misdirected towards healers. And if the healer has their own issues with anger and hatred, the healing session can be negatively impacted. You won’t make your supplicant any worse, but you also won’t make them feel any better.

I must make healers understand how very much they are needed. And that it is important for them to control any and all negative emotions before going into the healing session, whether they are their own or the supplicants. Negative emotions will hamper your work and likely cause the healing not to occur. Go into each healing session with peace and love in your heart, and only the supplicant’s healing on your mind. Both you and your supplicant will come out of the session feeling much better, and the possibility for healing is exponentially greater.

When going into the healing session, there are two things happening simultaneously. The supplicant is there in hopes of being healed. At the very least, they want to feel better. The healer is there to heal the supplicant. Or, at the very least, to take away their pain. When healing isn’t effective or doesn’t occur, both parties can feel angry and depressed. It’s important that both parties go into the healing session without any negative emotions. And that will be harder for the supplicant to do. It is so crucial that the healer remains positive and control his or her negative emotions while working on a supplicant.

And always remember, God’s will is God’s will. There isn’t anything anyone can do to change it. Healers are intercessors. They are necessary in your world and in healing. But whether the supplicant is cured or not, the healer is not responsible. Healers heal on faith, and the good ones know it is I that is working through them. And if the supplicant is healed, it is God that is responsible.

Lorraine: Thank you for answering my questions today. And for giving messages to the people who are struggling with their faith, and healers who struggle with guilt and feeling like a failure when their supplicants aren’t healed. Any final words?

Jesus: Yes. When going into a healing session, whether you’re the supplicant or the healer, ask God for healing before the session begins. Healers – allow me to work through you during the healing session. Supplicants – know that the healer is only the instrument and that I am working through their hands. Place your faith and expectations on God, that he will do what is best and right for all involved. Place no expectation or responsibility onto the healer, unless, of course, they act unprofessionally or illegally.

This is an important note for healers. If you are not a doctor or licensed practitioner, the proper way to heal your supplicant is done in either of these two ways:

  1. Place your hands in the supplicant’s energy field and work with their energy. Pray, and move your hands through any warm or negative areas until the area feels cool and positive;
  2. You may also touch the supplicant but always ask permission first. Explain to your supplicant how and where you intend to touch them. Touch only their shoulders, back of the neck, hands, the top of their heads, or on each side of their arms provided those areas are not overly sensitive to the supplicant. Proceed only when you have been given permission to do so, and do not apply pressure to any area of the body. Gently place your hands on the supplicant. Do not massage or rub the supplicant, and do not manipulate any part of their body.

Lorraine: You surprised me with that. You’ve never given me instructions on how to heal before.

Jesus: That’s because you were properly trained in how to pray and do laying on of hands. There are many healers who have received no training at all, and not everyone has common sense. There is a book about how to be a healer, pray effectively, and do the laying on of hands. It’s called, “The Power to Heal.” I highly recommend it.

Be well, my friends and pray often. I’ll be listening.

Jesus

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