Christians: What happens when you pray for a sick person to get well?

Does God make people sick, then wait to see how many people are opposed to it to see if he should make the person well? Does God decide that it's time for someone to die, then change his mind if the right person (or the right number of people) ask him not to? What if someone really, really doesn't want the person to die but never utters it as a formal prayer?

Bottom line, does God change his mind depending on the muttered words of humans? Or does petitionary prayer change nothing?


David N: But most people don't pray that way. What you're describing isn't petitionary prayer. Most people pray to ask a deity to do what the person wants.

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best answer

    That's one of those mystery questions that cannot be answered with a general answer but has to be looked at from the point of view that God has a unique plan for each person's life.

    On the one hand you have verses like these...

    1 John 5:14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

    ...that remind us that God answers prayers with a "yes" that fit in with His plans. On the other hand you have verses like these...

    Psalms 106:21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt, 22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things by the Red Sea. 23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.

    James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

    So the bottom line is that God hears prayers, has a response to them that are according to His overall will, and that it is better to pray for sick people than it is to lack faith in the goodness of God and His ability and willingness to hear prayers that He can work together for good in His overall plan for people here on earth.

  • 1 decade ago

    I like the way the first answerer answered.

    Sometimes they recover, many times not, but I will tell you were I desperately sick, I'd be grateful for all prayers. To be covered by the love of those who care is comforting. God blesses the persons who do care. Sometimes what we may believe, or may really be is miraculous. But to pray for miracles at every turn isn't going to make them happen. Death is part of living, and even tho those left are in anguish, our Lord will comfort and give strength for us to carry on.

  • 4 years ago

    This comes from false teachings by most religions. By saying God needed another angel, it's blaming God for their death. This is not true. When a person dies, they fall asleep in death and await the Resurrection that Jesus spoke of. John 5:28 Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. Their are no memorial tombs in heaven, only the earth.

  • Mike K
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago


    First of all if you believe in God, the whole point of this life is to prepare and be happy and in eternal bliss in the next life. If you get sick or die quicker you have gotten fast tracked to heaven so why complain. Most of us, even believers seem to have problems being too focused on this material plain of existence. We do not like to lose our friends or loved ones as it is like someone saying good-bye and going to work on the other side of the world forever. We all just want to cling on to them for just a little longer and so they ask God for just some more quality time.

    That said, after prayer and petition, sometimes people improve, get well and carry on with us. Other times they do not.



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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    What happens when you pray for a sick person to get well?


    it is the sick person who is responsible for his illness so he is also responsible for getting himself better.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well what's the point in being Christian (or any religion) if you're not going to put your faith in him and only in yourself. It's your choice

  • 1 decade ago

    they stay ill, the only thing which could save them is doctors, nurses and this wonderful thing called medicine!

    Source(s): agnostic atheist
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you pray correctly, the prayer is "Thy will be done."

    EDIT: I dun'no...

    Even if people are not aware of the fact, "please" is a contraction of "If you please."

    That would make any prayer with the word "please" in it a "Thy will be done" prayer.

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