Faithful Praying and Physical Healing

I just read the beautiful post of Randy Alcorn on Blueprint of Life, and honestly? I was really, really impressed.

http://blueprintforlife.com/blog/what-to-pray-for-beyond-physical-healing/

It’s all I’m hearing lately, everyone emphasizing one’s lack of faith or perseverence in prayer if/when God doesn’t offer physical healing to the uncurable illnessed. I was just so thrilled to discover the treasure of heavenly blessings we are to live in, promised as they already are (Ephes.1.3)

source: underthegoldenappletree.com

Being a Christian, praying and learning how to pray constantly, eagerly hearing advices, here and there, how to do it better, why some of my prayers went unanswered, or having received an undesired or not so pleasant answer. Having the hard task to deliver bad news almost each day, it’s so hard to keep believing in God’s miracles, or even expecting Him to do a miracle, since all I see, day by day, is His sovereign decision NOT to heal, NOT to raise up the dead, NOT to perform any remarcable, outstanding physical healing. Aren’t we asking for it? Oh, we do! Aren’t we faithful enough? Is any of you all quite faithful enough to dare request… I don’t know, anything?

And still, there are some far more important things than physical wellbeing. My spiritual one, my soul’s wellbeing – and sometimes I cannot make a difference. It’s just everything else except the physical.

And then again, why should the physicial be more important then the “everything else”, since everything that’s physical is of this world, and will be left behind after death, or completely transformed to something else, outside this decaying world?

I choose today to focuse more on the “everything else”, starting with now. And let God be God, and nothing less.

And my thanks-giving will not be measured by the measure of physical health I have right now! Because this body and everything I owe and administer in this world will remain here – but my heavenly treasure is all that really matters to me. Today. And Ever.

...I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith.  My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

Philippians 3:8-10 (HCSB)

So, from Randy Alcorn, the list for what to pray for, BEYOND Physical Healing:

“Here’s a partial list of things the New Testament tells us to pray for:

Pray for people who give you a hard time (Matthew 5:43-44; Luke 6:28)

Pray for children (Matthew 19:13)

Pray for strength to endure difficult times (Luke 21:36)

Pray you will not fall into temptation (Luke 22:40)

Pray for all Christians (1 Thessalonians 5:25; Hebrews 13:18)

Pray that God’s Kingdom will come and His will be done (Matthew 6:10)

Pray God will provide your daily needs (Matthew 6:11)

Pray for God’s forgiveness as we forgive others (Matthew 6:12)

Pray we will not be led into temptation, but delivered from evil (Matthew 6:13)

Pray for boldness in proclaiming the gospel and for God to do miracles in people’s lives (Acts 4:29-31)

Pray all the time, be alert, pray for fellow believers (Ephesians 6:18)

Pray for fearless teaching of the Word (Ephesians 6:20)

Pray to be filled with the knowledge of His will (Colossians 1:9)

Pray for open doors for the gospel (Colossians 4:3)

Pray that the Word of God may be glorified (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

Pray for deliverance from evil men (2 Thessalonians 3:2)

Pray for everyone, government leaders, peace, quiet, godliness, holiness (1 Timothy 2:1,2)

Pray for sinners to find life in Christ (1 John 5:16)

Ask God for wisdom (James 1:5)”

8 thoughts on “Faithful Praying and Physical Healing

  1. Great thoughts. Philippians 3 is my life chapter when it comes to thinking through chronic pain and illness…if I can truly believe it then everything starts to make sense 🙂

    • Thank you so much for visiting. And I can only say that Jesus and His permanent, passionate love is all that makes me going, and my life starts to make sense too!. Keep the good fight!
      Blessings

  2. Thank you for opening a door to Phil 3:8-10 today. This post is perfect timing for me, as I have no strength or will left to go it on my own where the path gets denser.

    • Thank you, Julie, for visiting, and sharing your heart. God is the only one that strengthens me up when everything is not OK, when people fail to encourage or hold me. And having His Words in my mind helps me going, raising my children, talking to my patients… and not letting depression or chronic pain becoming my masters. I became a Christian, and thus, God’s loved & protected child. It’s only one tiny problem with that – or two! Satan is now fully engaged in distroying my faith, and God’s love and protection comes sometimes in highly odd and unusual ways. Certainly not as expected, and not as people predict it. And keeping that in mind helps a lot!
      May our Lord strengthen you! Keep in touch.

      • Returning to this post, I “stumbled” 🙂 across “… everyone emphasizing one’s lack of faith or perseverence in prayer if/when God doesn’t offer physical healing to the uncurable illnessed.” It is a lesson to me to be strong in faith, even and especially if what I have never goes away. Thank you for yet another gem and for your kind and thoughtful reply, which is also filled with lessons. It appears that teaching — and doing it effectively — seeps through your pores. 🙂

  3. This is a wonderful faith building list!!! Thanks for reaching out because it led me to your blog 😉 I also loved what you shared in response to Julie’s comment. Very encouraging and loving.

  4. This is absolutely beautiful and I am so honored that you are now following my blog. Thank you so much and I look forward to searching through your posts and getting to know you better (as soon as we finish unpacking and trying to set up our new home, 🙂 ) Blessings my new friend and I hope you enjoy comments as much as I do!

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