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Does Prayer Work?

Last Sunday night, I went to bed with a headache. Typically, sleep will take care of it and when I wake up, it will be gone. Sunday night was different. I woke up early Monday morning and my head was still pounding. I decided to act by doing four things.

First, I went and drank a bottle of water. Headaches can sometimes be caused by dehydration. Second, I took some Excedrin. Headaches are from swollen blood vessels in my head, Excedrin has aspirin which is a blood thinner and caffeine which helps restrict blood vessels. Third, my headaches are always on one side or the other of my head, so I decided to sleep on the opposite site with the idea it would help pull blood away from the painful area. Fourth, I prayed that God would take it away.

I woke up again maybe only an hour later and my headache was gone. So my question is, what do I do with that? Did God heal my headache or did one of the other three things do it? Now the typical thing to say is God healed it and he may have used one (or several) of the other things to do it. That is fine but my first thought went to if I had a lack of faith by not relying only on the miraculous power of God.

After wrestling with this for awhile, I realized my faith was not in how he was going to heal it, but whether I believed He would heal it with whatever means. It came down to the fact that I don’t care how it was healed. All I know is that I asked God for it and it happened. So God gets the credit and the glory. What will I do next headache? Probably all the same things, but especially the prayer.

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