At church … twice as healed
At church man is freed from the demonic influence
and the traps the devil sets.
At church man is healed.
These are not just words. It’s the truth.
The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
is for the healing of our illnesses.
If we are not healed,
we don’t need to be healed,
that’s why we aren’t.
If you take it this way, you are already healed.
You know very well that an illness which lingers
and doesn’t go is precious.
Whatever needs to go, God will take away.
Whatever doesn’t need to stay, God will take away
be it an illness or demonic influence.
And for whatever stays on and hurts us
we pray to God.
We should pray many a time,
time and again should we beg
not only for deliverance from soul illnesses
and the demonic influence
but also for deliverance from body illnesses, as well.
Let us pray to God for everything time and again.
Not because God needs us to pray to him again and again.
We need to do this again and again,
because, precisely, God wants to see our faith.
Man, especially today,
gets used to something by repeating it,
learns something by reapeating it.
If you pray time and again
–you need to do this–
and God doesn’t relieve you of your illness, know that:
either you have not shown
as much faith as He wants and expects from you,
or that the illness should not go
because it is necessary.
If you take your illness issue according to God,
then, by it remaining,
you feel twice healed.
If He heals you, you are healed once.
If the illness lingers,
you feel healed twice.
Because both when time comes
will you be healed from your illness
and until the right time comes to be healed
will your soul be healed, too.
Your inner person will be healed,
this person who suffers from illness,
from the leprosis of sin.
The same goes for all mental illness
and whatever else hurts us.
If man sees all his issues
within the providence of God,
he will feel such a relief,
as if all his problems are solved.
Because in God
all is resolved!
Holy Hesychasterion “The Nativity of Theotokos” Publications.
Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos