Norman Vincent Peal
How to Use Faith in Healing
In the prevention of sickness and in
the healing mind and body, do not fail to draw upon one of the greatest
resources available to you --- the faith that heals.
In the light of principals outlined
in this chapter, what can you do of a constructive manner when a loved
one or you are ill? Following are eight practical suggestions:
1. Follow the advice of a prominent
medical school head who said, "In sickness, send for your minister
even as you send for your doctor." In other words, believe that
spiritual forces as well as medical technique are important in healing.
2. Pray for the doctor. Realize that
God uses trained instrumentality to aid his healing powers. As one doctor
has put it, "We treat the patient and God heals him." Pray,
therefore, that the doctor may be an open channel of God's healing grace.
3. Whatever you do, do not become panicky
or filled with fear, for if you do, you will send out negative thoughts
and therefore destructive thoughts in the direction of your loved one
when he requires positive and healing thoughts to assist him.
4. Remember that God does nothing except
by law. Also remember that our little materialistic laws are only fragmentary
revelations of the great power flowing through the universe. Spiritual
law also governs illness. God has arranged two remedies for all illness.
One is healing through natural laws applicable by science, and the other
brings healing by spiritual law applicable through faith.
5. Completely surrender your loved one
into the hands of God. By your faith you can place him in the flow of
Divine power. There is healing there, but in order for it to be effective
the patient must be completely released into the operation of God's
will. This is difficult to understand and equally difficult to perform,
but it is a fact that if the great desire for the loved one to live
is matched with an equally great willingness to relinquish him to God,
healing powers are amazingly set in motion.
6. It is also important that harmony
prevail in the family, that is, spiritual harmony. Remember the emphasis
in the scripture, Matthew 18:19: "If two of you shall agree on
earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for
them of my Father which is in heaven." Apparently, disharmony and
disease are akin.
7. Form a picture in your mind of the
loved on being well. Visualize him in perfect health. Picture him as
radiant with the love and goodness of God. The conscious mind may suggest
sickness, even death, but nine-tenths of your mind is in the subconscious.
Let the picture of health sink into the subconscious and this powerful
part of the mind will send forth radiant health energy. What we believe
in the subconscious we usually get. Unless your faith controls the subconscious,
you will never get any good thing, for the subconscious gives back only
that which you real thought is. If the real thought is negative, the
results will also be negative. If the real thought is positive, you
will get positive and healing results.
8. Be perfectly natural. Ask God to
heal your loved one. That is what you want with all your heart, so ask
Him please to do it, but we suggest that you say PLEASE just once. Thereafter
in your prayer, thank Him for his goodness. This affirmative faith will
help to release deep spiritual power and also joy through reassurance
of God's loving care. This joy will sustain you, and remember that joy
itself possesses healing power.