In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God tells us that he will begin to work in saving all mankind. Even the date of January 26, 1887 is given as the special day. God promises that he will do “Marvelous workings” to save mankind. Many of us would think that marvelous would mean benefits like financial or worldly gains; but in the Book of Prophecy, it appears that marvelous refers to God placing illness on our bodies. How could illness be marvelous and benefit us?
It is said that God will begin to begin the process of helping mankind live a joyous life. Illness becomes God’s tool in informing us that we are using our minds contrary to God’s intentions. God uses illness to help us remove these evils from our minds. But how does he place illness on us? God gives us a glimpse of our future lives by entering us and comparing our minds with the pure mind (Oyasama) at the creation of mankind. When evil is present, God places illness on our bodies. Illness becomes God’s guidance. These illnesses that God places, requires a special prayer (Joyous Service). But why does God require a prayer in initiating his miraculous workings (placing illness)?
In the Book of Prophecy, God states that he has given us a special prayer, and opened the portal to save all mankind. This should mean that our religion should be increasing in membership. But our church membership does not increase. Who of us has the true sincerity to pray (Joyous Service) that God will place illness on others; and who of us have the courage and faith to heal and teach them when God places them in front of us. What is the use of God placing illness on people if there is no one to heal them and tell them God’s teachings? This is why our prayer (Joyous service) must be sincere for God to accept it. We must know what we are praying for, and have the faith and strength to heal and inform others when God answers our prayers. When this happens, God’s promise will be realized. A prayer for God’s marvelous workings (verse 17-74).