Are we praying too small when we pray for healing? So often at our prayer meetings, we have lists of those who are sick and aging. As we pray, we often recall that our God is the Creator who made our bodies so wonderfully and has the ability to recreate parts that don’t work. And we remind ourselves that He is the Healer, and He is able to restore life to the dead.
Speaking from experience
While all of this is true, could it be that we are missing the bigger issue? I will interject here, that I have suffered with a chronic and terminal disease for the last 11 years, since the age of 19, so I do not write this lightly or without experience.
It has often worried me when people have, kindly and with great intentions and love, said “I’m praying that the Lord will heal you. We pray every day! We know He can and we’re just believing He will.” There are a number of issues with this common way of thinking that cause me concern.
Our God knows our beginning from our ending. Job 14:5. He loves us and desires for us to walk in the Spirit and grow in the likeness of Christ. Eph. 2:10 and Phil. 1:6. So the hardships that enter our lives, be they medical, financial, relational, etc. are allowed. We know God does not tempt us; however, I cannot find Scriptural backing for the idea that God does not challenge and push us – with the end goal that we will come out like gold. Job 23:10.
From the mind of a 4 year old
My son, Alistair, is 4. The other day I made him a special treat. He loves hot dogs, and I had found Pillsbury wraps and made pigs in a blanket. When first presented with this new food, he got angry that it wasn’t hot dogs as he has previously known them and told me, very strongly, to take them away. However, after he tried one, and found that I had made them with him in mind, he did indeed enjoy them.
We are not promised an easy life
I worry often because I hear myself, and so many other believers, praying away everything that we perceive as “different” or “hard”. We are not promised in Scripture that life will be easy. However, we are promised that God will complete His work in our lives! And that we will not be alone. If every time I get a cold, or feel sick to my stomach, or have aches and pains, all I can think of is to pray it away.
What does that say to my heart, to those around me, and to the angels about my view of God? Does it say, “I trust God as long as I’m comfortable”? Does it say, “I deserve to have a life immune to the environment that I live in”? Does it say, “God can’t have intended for this to happen, so I need to make sure He knows what’s going on because when He does, it will be removed”? Are any of those true? I don’t think they should be.
In the next post in the series we will look at some other thoughts to consider.
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