Is a Christian’s death from terminal illness proof that prayer has no meaning? Is it proof that there is no God? The questions are fair, and to answer them we should consider why we pray, and how we are told to pray.
Prayer is about communion with God. He wants us to bring our concerns, worries, and feelings to Him. We share these things with our family, for example, because that’s what you do with people you care about. Sharing our cares with loved ones bonds us together, and bringing our cares to God brings us closer to Him. So, why do people sometimes die even when they ask God to spare them?
Romans tells us, “…sin entered the world through one man….and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” And Hebrews tells us man is appointed once to die. If a Christian prayed that he or she would never die, they would be asking God to go against Bible. Consider that Luke tells us when Jesus prayed before his execution, he said, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.” Yet Jesus was executed anyway. He brought his cares to God the Father for communion, not to place an order. He didn’t ask for his desire without concern of God’s will; he asked for only what is in the will of the Father.
Christians pray to have communion with God. All people, even Christians, die because we live in a world made imperfect by sin, and their deaths are certainly not proof there is no God.
What are your thoughts?