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Interceding for the Dying

Prayer and intercession is a curious topic that many struggle with. This is particularly true as we pray for those who are dying–and whose deaths seem timely or inevitable.  How do we pray? What should prayer look like? How do we know when our prayers are effective–especially since God can answer prayer with a “no” ? In Crossing the Threshold of Eternity, I used the metaphor of a magnifying glass to describe why some prayers are more effective than others. Adjusting the magnifying glass to a correct distance from a piece of paper has everything to do with whether a fire will start or not. I’ve learned that it’s possible for my praying to be “out of focus” and not helpful. At other times when I seem to be right on target, the results speak for themselves.

Genesis 1.28 tells us about the principle of dominion over creation which corresponds to our need for prayer and intercession. The passage says that God has given humanity dominion in the world–responsibility. We have control over the land as well as accountability for production. We are created to have authority in this world and our Creator waits for us to extend dominion over the world around us through our actions, intentions and prayers. Interceding is a part of this responsibility. By praying for those on their deathbeds, we are extending petitions directly to God for His creation. I believe that our prayers can offer the support and encouragement the dying need for crossing to the other side.

A magnifying glass must be held at the right angle and distance to focus the rays of the sun on grass with such intensity that a fire results. The vitality of the sun has been there all the time but it required a human hand to create the proper concentration. Have you ever considered that you might not have explored how prayer needs to be under the “right conditions” to be as effective as possible? God’s love is no different than the magnifying glass. it’s around us constantly, but our prayrs become like a lens that focuses the power on a specific human need and alert us to the direction of God’s love and grace. Give some thought to the idea that we not simply ‘shouting at God’ but attempting to come into harmony with his purposes.

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Where Science Cannot Go

In writing my book Crossing the Threshold of Eternity I had the opportunity to work with and learn a good deal from those who have had near death experiences. It is hardly common to have the chance to observe or hear from those who have had such an experience or to witness such an event as an individual moves from life to death. Even more challenging is communicating the importance of learning from such stories to a culture where “death” is something of a taboo topic.

In writing about these near-death experiences I note that many people have never seen any of these events happen and are therefore justifiably skeptical. As well, I give some of the reasons that even physicians may miss and therefor disregard these events. However, doctors like Raymond Moody and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross base their positive conclusion that these experiences do occur on their field work.

Despite the quantifiable evidence given by Moody and Kubler-Ross, my ultimate conclusion is that science and medicine aren’t going to give us the answers we seek. I conclude we must turn to the Bible and faith. (After all, Israel has the highest resurrection rate in the world.) The resurrection suggests that we can live in two different worlds, one physical and the other spiritual. In the Easter morning experience, the risen Christ brought these two worlds together because he had a foot in each one. My personal experience teaches that He continues to bring these world together.

This is something that people of faith must consider each and every day rather than trying to avoid. Death is not the end, as we may observe and learn from those who are close to passing from here to the final frontier. Not only must we recognize that this life is not all there is–we must strive to reconcile this truth with our day to day lives, asking how both worlds collide and how that may impact what we do today, tomorrow and next year.

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