True Gospel Revealed Anew By Jesus. Volume 1
Why prayers for healing are sometimes not effective
Comment on Jesus’ message on the cause of war.
December 25th, 1916
Received by James Padgett.
I am here, Elias, Prophet of Old, (Elijah). I will write a short message tonight, as it is late and you are tired. Well, I desire to say that the message you received from the Master contains some of the most important truths affecting the relationship of God to man in his worldly or material living.
Every Truth that was uttered has in it an element which shows that man to a certain extent must expect and know that God will not interfere with the Law of Compensation as to its effects and results. Only will He help man to remove the causes that so certainly entail the results, and the sooner men know this and more thoroughly understand it, will they become able to avoid the consequences of sin and the violation of law, and also understand that no prayer will cause God to respond, where a suspension or setting aside of his Laws or their workings are necessary. He will respond to prayer, where that prayer asks the removal of causes,1 but never when it applies only to effects.
This Truth men should learn and in their prayers ask that those things or causes which in compliance with the Law of Compensation bring about results that are harmful to them be removed, or eliminated from their acts and deeds as well as from their desires. l could write a long message on this subject but will not do so now, as you are not just in condition to receive it. I will come soon and write at length. So with my love I will say, good night.
Your brother in Christ,
1 Causes are for example the causes of sin. As an example, if someone is an alcoholic, God will assist to remove or lessen the desire for drink, if the mortal truly wishes and prays for this assistance. However the results of alcoholism, are not likely to be removed, as this is part of the Law of Compensation. So praying for relationships to be healed, which were damaged as a result of alcoholism, or healing a damaged liver may not be effective, unless and until the primary cause is totally resolved. And even then, its possible it may not be resolved if its part of the compensation due.
2 This message is a composite of two, being published in Volume I on page 237 and Volume III on page 287. For more details see this page.