Thursday, July 19, 2012

Can You Pray at a Distance?

Do you believe God is limited by time, space, or matter? Think of what that means.

Jesus Heeds the Woman
(Artist Unknown,

People wonder how well prayer works at a distance. They want to pray by phone, on the Internet, or even around the World. Perhaps, they forget they are dealing with the God of the Universe who knows no limitations. Not time, not matter, not space.

I was delighted to find a woman across the country healed of two serious conditions recently, one short term and the other chronic, after prayer over the Internet. This, even by chat typing on Facebook.

Jesus shows us in scripture. 

A Syro-Phoenician woman in the Region of Tyre and Sidon, not normally accepted by the Jews, begged Jesus to heal her possessed daughter who remained back at her own house.

But Jesus said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."
28 And she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs."
29 Then He said to her, "For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter."
30 And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed (Mark 7:27-30 NKJV).

Jesus healed the paralyzed servant of a pagan Roman Centurion who would also not cause Jesus to return to his house.

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,
6 saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented."
7 And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."
8 The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
9 "For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” (Matt 8:5-10 NKJV).

A nobleman came from Capernaum to Cana and begged Jesus to heal his son dying at home.

The nobleman said to Him, "Sir, come down before my child dies!"
50 Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your son lives." So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, "Your son lives!"
52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him."
53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." And he himself believed, and his whole household (John 4:49-53 NKJV).

Yes. You can pray at a distance, by phone, by radio, by mail, by computer, by Internet, or indeed, spiritually, across your neighborhood, across the country, or even around the World. Do you have Faith? God knows no limitations, other than your heart before him.

The World needs your prayer.

– Bill Hunt
World in Christ


Lori said...

Great post Bill, God is not limited to time OR space, He can heal with a thought, a word, a touch no matter how far away! Lori

Anonymous said...

ABSOLUTELY the world needs our prayers! I'm so thankful that God hears even our every groaning of our hearts when we can't find the words to pray. God hears - no limits of time or space. He hears and our prayers move His heart.
Thanks for the reminder to pray without ceasing for the needs of this world.

BILL HUNT said...

Thank you for your most gracious
visit. You're like honey dripping
on my day. Readers should visit
you each at Truth's Vessel and Lori's
Prayer Closet.
How do I leave a comment on your blog?
God's Gracious Love to you both.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bill,
If you'd like to leave a comment on my blog, click under my post click where it says either "No Comments" or a number of comments ("8 Comments"). That should open up a box to type in your comment.
Thanks for directing visitors to my blog and thanks for following God's Word and the lead of the Holy Spirit in your blog.