“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven” (James 5:15).
When doctors see patients get well, even those patients with incurable cancer, they usually explain it as a wrong diagnosis, or a cause that they missed in their original diagnosis. Even if they said their diagnosis was correct, they explain the healing as a result of an unexplainable cause, most are never willing to admit that the unexplainable cause might be God.
A few doctors may say that prayers make people feel better. And since hope has therapeutic value for medicinal causes (and psychological causes), then prayer gives people hope and makes them better. When the whole psychological and physical systems of the individual are “up,” then the body works better, and heals itself.
However, there are Bible promises that God heals in answer to prayer, i.e., “The prayer of faith shall save the sick” (Jas. 5:15). God will answer prayers for healing when we approach Him properly. Yes, there are laws that govern the universe, but first let’s define law, i.e., law is the extension of God’s nature and power that He uses to govern the universe. Since law comes from God, cannot God create a higher power/higher law to override the existing ones? Can’t God do anything within His will that He desires to do? And can’t God govern His spiritual world by spiritual laws? The answer is YES!
God, You are able to do above and beyond all we can think or imagine! I bow my heart to the Divine Mystery who uses the weak and insignificant people to do great and glorious things for Your kingdom! Your creative power governs the universe to save and to heal. I believe that You and You alone have the power to heal hearts, circumstances, relationships and physical bodies. As my faith is set in You, I yield myself to be used as an instrument of healing for the sake of Your kingdom.
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 15, Problems of Seemingly Unanswered Prayer by Elmer L. Towns). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the Maker of heaven and earth for the marvels of creation in this world. Thank the Lord that he never slumbers or sleeps and that he constantly watches over you. Confess those times in which you refuse God’s help and resent his watching over you. Commit yourself to trusting fully in the Maker of heaven and earth. Ask that God himself will make you strong, firm, and steadfast (1 Pet. 4:13).
Pray that marriages in danger of breaking up will be healed and the pain of divorce avoided.
“The first purpose of prayer is to know God.” —Charles L. Allen
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