My intention with this question
Hi, with this question I intend to better understand the means and ends of prayer. (For some background about the kind of things I have in mind, you may refer to Bishop Barron’s
To elaborate on the question
Imagine a person who is suffering from a terminal illness who is also at peace with the possibility of imminent death, thanks to his faith.
However, the person feels compelled to make a choice between - embarking on a prayer journey seeking a miraculous healing; versus spending his last days in a state of thanks giving prayer.
The question is does this choice really have a bearing on this person’s future here on Earth ?
My own thoughts about the answer
A good case in point is the fact that miraculous healings tend to happen far more often in certain places (e.g. at Lourdes, or with certain people with the gift of healing) as opposed to others. So, the people who got healed at these places, did make a choice to come there. So, I wonder that they would have missed that chance if they had decided not to go there.
P.S. I understand that a lot of people who pray for healing may not really get healed in the way they have asked for. However, a discussion on that is not necessarily what I intend here.