In the first post we thought about some aspects of why the Lord doesn’t always heal. Does that mean we shouldn’t pray for healing? Here are some more points to consider.
Everyone asks their god to heal
Even those who worship gods made by hands believe that their gods will heal. If enough prayer time, persistence, and appropriate offerings are made, every religion makes room for healing. Therefore, when one is not healed, the conclusion is that they have been lacking faith, persistence, or that they have sinned.
How have we allowed this thinking into our heads, homes and churches? We do not serve a god made with hands! We serve the living and true God! All of the above methods of bringing about healing are dependent on (1) works and (2) persuading someone who is reluctant to give.
Others prayers during physical illness
Those who do not believe in the God of the Bible would find it hard to imagine anything could be more important than healing. However, I suggest that there are many other things that we can pray for.
An opportunity to be a witness
Do we pray for the medical staff that the ill one will come in contact with? There is a lovely lady from our assembly who had a stroke a number of months ago. This lady is an eager evangelist, a hugger, and a beautiful soul who loves on and smiles at everyone. As I pray for her, I am so excited for the opportunities that she has, every day, to love on the nurses, the doctors, the others on her ward.
The medical community is huge, and they deal with difficult people and lots of discouragements every day. Maybe the Lord has allowed an illness in the life of one of His own in order to be a blessing to a few nurses and doctors.
Our assembly had 4 people experiencing heart problems this last Christmas. I think maybe God wanted to give the cardiac teams in Hamilton a special Christmas gift from Himself, and He sent a few of His own to them, for a time. Am I willing to be that gift? Am I willing to think outside of myself? Will anyone pray for me to have the perspective needed to see this as an opportunity?
Many forms of healing
Do we really believe that the only healing power God has is over bodies? I do know and believe that the Lord is able to heal. I’ve seen it in my life. He is healing me from the desire to be in control. He is healing me from my limited view of who He is. He is healing me from my persistent self-centered view of all around me. There is so much in my heart and mind that is more dangerous than my physical condition!
When I die, I will receive a new body! Healing for that is certainly coming! But the opportunity to become more like Christ will have passed. As you pray for me, pray that the Lord will teach me and grow me to be more like Christ.
Pray that my heart and mind would be renewed, and that I would be willing to walk through whatever is given in order to build up my spiritual muscles and to get rid of the flesh. Pray that my heart and mind would be healed. And that the physical pain, limitations, and fears would not hinder the greater work that the Lord wants to do in me.
Should We Pray for Healing Series by Anne Griffiths
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