It may perhaps sound sacrilegious to say that I do not pray for healing any longer. It is not that I do not pray at all. It is just that the content material of my prayers and the motivation behind them has changed.
You see, I employed to be angry for the reason that of the chronic discomfort and the infirmities of my flesh. I begged God to take them from me and restore my wellness. I didn’t want to endure.
Just about every time I prayed the Lord gave me the similar answer…
~2Corinthians 12:eight-10~ For this issue I besought the Lord thrice, that it could depart from me. And he stated unto me, My grace is adequate for thee: for my strength is created excellent in weakness. Most gladly for that reason will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the energy of Christ may perhaps rest upon me.
More than and more than once again I heard “My grace is adequate for thee.” I started to loathe these verses, for the reason that I didn’t want grace, I wanted healing. Ugly, correct?
God started to show me that I was desiring the healing a lot more than the Healer. Even even though the suffering drives me closer to my Savior and develops peace and patience inside me, with out realizing it, I was telling the Lord that I’d rather have a healthful physique a lot more than a healthful partnership with Him.
I didn’t cease praying for healing for the reason that I lack faith in God’s capability to heal. I know He can do all items, and if it had been His will for me to be rid of this chronic discomfort, I’m confident that He could and would take away it. I have robust faith and I think in the energy of prayer.
I often quote verses like “ye have not, for the reason that ye ask not” (James four:two) and “Pray with out ceasing” (1 Thessalonians five:17). I’m familiar with Jesus’ teaching on persistent prayer in Luke 18:1-eight. I take God at His word when He says that if I have faith as a grain of mustard seed I can move mountains (Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:21, Mark 11:23, Luke 17:six). And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that “with God nothing at all shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
But for me, the mountain I have to have moved is not the chronic discomfort. It is pride and self-sufficiency that stands in my way. I have to have to direct my faith-filled prayers to the actual challenge at hand. Praying for healing does not do that.
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Someday I’ll have a glorified physique and will not have to endure yet another second. Till then, my prayer list appears distinctive than it as soon as did.
Now I pray for:
- Appropriate point of view
- A correct heart attitude
- God’s will to be performed in my life
- A closer stroll with Jesus
Paul goes on to say in two Corinthians 12:10 that he requires pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, and distresses for Christ’s sake, for the reason that when he was weak then he was created robust. I am SO far from this sort of attitude. To truly uncover pleasure in the discomfort is a level of maturity I’m not at but, but God will get me there.
Possibly by then I’ll be in a position to pray for healing once again, with a pure heart motivation for God to be glorified and not solely for my advantage. Not for my comfort, or to make me comfy. But for His wonderful name’s sake.
Till then, I’ll hold praying that God continues to mold my heart into a devoted disciple of Christ. I’ll let Him strengthen me in my weakness. And I’ll praise Him for the very good that He is operating in and by way of me as a outcome of this chronic discomfort.
~Philippians three:10~ That I may perhaps know him, and the energy of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, getting created conformable unto his death
For a lot more articles on chronic discomfort:
A Day in the Life of a Christian with Chronic Discomfort
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Grateful More than Griping: Cultivating thankfulness in the midst of chronic discomfort
If you endure from chronic illness please hear me when I say that prayer is normally a very good thought. Just for the reason that this is what the Lord is laying on my heart does not imply it is the course of action He desires you to take. Prayer is a required element of our stroll with Christ and important to our spiritual development. The content material of our prayers will differ from individual to individual.
The way the Lord bargains with me may perhaps appear really distinctive from how He does you. That is why it is known as a personal partnership with God. Everybody is one of a kind. On the other hand the Lord is pressing upon you to pray, then do that. Please do not adopt my method as your personal unless the Spirit convicts you to do so. Praying for healing may perhaps be precisely what the Lord desires you to do!