Halsey has explained how I feel & worship God to a tee! While I don’t think He causes me to suffer things like pain, illness, & not being able to walk or do things for myself, I do believe He allows me to have this life in order that I will be uniquely qualified to minister in whatever way to people that is needed. I have never been 1 of those people who wished as a young child that I could walk or do things other children could do because I knew this was my calling in this life.
I had my 1st encounter with people praying for me when I was about 7 yrs. old. My brother & I often played with the neighborhood kids outside during the summer. I was being pushed in my chair down the road to a friend’s house by her & her sisters. We were just laughing & going along like kids will do when a car full of what I thought were much older people drove by, then stopped just ahead of us. Out piled about 6 or 7 “hippies” (they were probably around 18 or so yrs. old & had bell bottom jeans, long hair, lots of fringe) who ran up to us, immediately fell to their knees, & asked if they could pray for me. At this point in my life, I had no other experience with religion or God or prayers, so I was a little bit frightened. The girl who was pushing me was about 3 yrs. older than me and had a little knowledge of what they were about to do, so she said yes for me. They took out their Bibles & began what I thought was chanting & putting their hands on my head & arms. It wasn’t particularly scary, but it did feel weird to me. I didn’t tell my parents later because actually, I was so caught up in playing with my friends that, I pretty much let it go as young kids often do. It wasn’t until much later, in high school, that this memory came back to me, because I was faced with another similar incident on my own.
I’ve had many of these experiences, both alone and with others, including my parents. None of us have ever said no, not even before we were Christ followers. I know for myself I see it as beneficial in that it does show my faith in God, that He has a plan in all of this for me. I also believe it’s helpful to the other person because they are worshiping with their own faith, and they believe it will do me some good to pray.
It’s not offensive to me at all, but I do understand why it might be to others who are either shy or don’t believe in what I do. I think it’s okay to politely tell the people that you would rather not have them do that right now, but that you appreciate their thoughts. They shouldn’t get offended by that – if they do, they aren’t particularly the right kind of Christians to begin with.