Have you ever heard of a "prayer cloth?"
The Apostle Luke speaks of it in Acts 19:12. Luke was the writer of Acts, although he was writing for the Apostle Paul.
Luke, who was a physician before becoming one of Christ’s apostles, is telling about how people were being blessed through
the preaching and miracles of Paul when he says, "So that from his body were brought unto the sick, handkerchiefs or
aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them."
Usually, the problems with our bodies start cropping up after age 30 or 40. Even if you’ve taken care of yourself
down through the years, things can happen. But it can help if you’ve walked with the Lord. I’m eighty-four at
this writing and have been blessed with excellent health all of my life. And you know something? I’m not sure of the
year of my age at the time, but it was 40 to 50 years ago that my Mom and Dad prayed over a cloth and sent it to me in a letter.
I recognized this as a thing important to me and I put it in my billfold. After
a while, I put it in a small plastic and I’ve carried it from the day my parents sent it, until now, and I have no intention
of stopping. No magic. But they prayed for me over it! Not magical, but the prayer and the memory still lingers.
Sure, I have inconveniences come and go in my body…age just naturally takes its toll, because we all are heading
for our "long home" (Ecclesiastes 12:5 and others)
But I’m ever
thankful for this blessing. My Dad, who preached for 50 years, had a habit of saying, "Thank you Lord, for life, health
and strength," and it’s mine, now that he’s gone. Carrying that prayer cloth is my statement that I believe
Christians have some habits that might seem strange to a non-believer,
but my advice is that you never speak ill of such things as prayer cloths, the tongues of the Holy Spirit, or a person "fasting,"
which is the giving up a meal or some thing over a period of time given over to prayer. Rather, ask about it or read
for yourself in the Bible. "Study to show thyself approved" (2nd Timothy 2:15).
There’ll come a day when all these things come together. Prepare for it.