. . . if there was no one around in whose prayers you had confidence? Fortunately, this is no longer a problem for me, but for too many years, I was in a church setting in which I had ZERO confidence in the ministry, thus no confidence in their prayers. In such a circumstance, and considering the Scripture which says to call upon the elders of the congregation to pray for the sick: * How much does confidence in their prayers have to do with the prayers and with the sought healing? * If the leaders are truly not trust worthy, whose prayers are the "effectual, fervent prayers," or does the lack of faith in the elders render useless the prayers of all those praying? What if their praying stifles the faith of the one who is sick? * If one does not have faith in one person's prayers but has faith in another person who is present, is it acceptable to reject one who is called over to pray for them and/or to request someone else?