Efficacy of Prayers
Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (as)
I do not find adequate words to express the faith that I have in recovery of the sick through the prayer. The Physician goes upto a certain stage and he stops there and loses hope. Further to that, it is God who opens up the way through the prayers. The understanding of the prayers is the real comprehension of the Divine and trust in God the Almighty. One should go beyond the limits that the people have fixed and he should be full of hope. If one does not do that, his life is no better than that of a dead person. It is at this stage that a man begins to recognise God.
I like Maulvi Roomi’s couplet to the effect that, “O you who have studied wisdom of the Greeks, you should also study the wisdom of the people who are full of faith.”
When a common man thinks that the matter has reached the stage of despair, God the Almighty starts making some changes which are not ordinarily visible and the matter is cleared up (it results in success).
I receive quite a large number of letters for prayers and I pray for all those who write to me for this purpose, but most of the people do not comprehend the philosophy of the prayer. They do not know that great concentration is needed to get the prayers accepted. The fact is that to pray earnestly is no less than accepting a sort of death.
(Malfoozat Vol. 7, pg. 386)