Scientific research has shown that prayer can affect healing. In 1988, San Francisco cardiologist Randolph Byrd conducted an experiment in which he asked a group of born-again Christians to pray for a group of hospitalized patients, and compare the results to similarly affected patients who were not on the prayer list during the time of the study.
"If you wish, you can make me clean." Those words contain the essence of how we begin each Confession; we speak the words, "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."
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Jesus said, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” They abandoned their nets and followed Him. That is such an amazing statement describing the calling of the first four apostles.
Let us not domesticate Christmas! It is something of a miracle that each year Christmas comes and a peace descends upon the whole earth, as families and friends come together to celebrate. Certainly this year we need consolation of friends and family, and we hope and pray that people can find it, in spite of all the restrictions.
I have come across many people who give up on God when they go through a crisis in their life. They feel abandoned by Him.