[The majority of our prayers concern physical health. We all know someone who is dealing with the pain of sickness. Here is an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]
SICKNESS – MEANS TO REMOVE COMPLACENCY
FATHER, You have set eternity in my heart and I resist the death of anything (Eccl 3:11). It is natural to pray for healing. Therefore, I can often fall into thinking the objective of my healing prayers is to gain back for someone a degree of health.
CHRIST’s reason for healing was not to get rid of the sickness only. Healing was not just an isolated incident where He proved His power. He came to create a brand new people.
Refresh my memory, FATHER, that Your Son raised His friend Lazarus from the dead not to heal him, but so others would have eyes to lay hold of Your Son—the eternal Resurrection (John 11:25).
Cause me to remember that healing is not just You giving back health, but healing is a part of the Gospel—not just a result of it. Healing is CHRIST giving Himself as the eternal Resurrection (John 11:15).
Healing is a helper to the advancement of the Gospel because it causes the unbelievers and the believers to be separated. The crowd’s response was one of glorifying GOD with awe when CHRIST healed the paralytic in Matt 9:8. But when He healed the man with the withered hand in Luke 6:11, some were filled with fury. Healing fetches out a true heart response to those observing the healing. It advances Your kingdom by shaking people out of their stagnation and forcing them to commit to being for or against You.
As You prompt my mind to dwell on these things, I pray for ____. I pray for (his/her) healing not only because my human desires want to see her well, but I want to see You bringing Your heavenly kingdom to earth by shaking Your creation out of their complacency and verifying CHRIST to be the eternal resurrection.