…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14
I find Joy Dawson’s prayer insight simple, refreshing & Godly,
… when one’s walking with Him, … praying fervently,
… and yet, … still waiting, …
in the face of challenges or sickness.
Always start with worshiping and praising God for Who He is. This gives reason to praise Him under every circumstance, and praise releases God’s power.
The first prayer is, “Dear God, do something in these circumstances that will bring the maximum glory to Your name.“
That’s the prayer that will cause God’s hand to be moved more than any other. And yet that’s often the last prayer that God hears when we are sick. Many times we have tried everything we know to be healed and then finally say,”Well God, just do something that will bring glory to Your name.” And that’s the moment when God starts to act. Sounds familiar?
In Catherine Marshall’s marvelous book, Beyond Ourselves, we read about the time when she had tuberculosis for two years and had been doing everything to be healed, including much praying. Finally she said something like, “Lord, I relinquish myself into Your hands. Do anything that will bring glory to Your name.”
And then it happened. The Lord Jesus came and manifested Himself to her in her bedroom. She felt his presence and knew that He was sitting beside her, had touched her and healed her. He has been waiting all that time for her to get to the place where all that mattered was that glory came to His name in His way and time through her circumstances. When we are truly at that place, it won’t matter to us whether we are healed or not. We leave that decision to an all-wise, all loving God.
The fact that our requests to God should always be motivated by a primary desire for His glory is highlighted in John 14:13, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.”
The second prayer we need to pray is,“Please tell me what it is You’re trying to teach me at this time. Thank You that You will.” Not, “Teach the other person.”
Perhaps you have the responsibility for praying for one who is sick. It may be a family member or a friend and you have no understanding why healing doesn’t come. Well, ask God what it is He’s trying to teach you. Or you may be the one who needs the healing. The more deeply involved we are, the more we need to pray that prayer, and believe God will answer.
The third prayer is,“In Your way, and in Your time, please reveal to me the purposes and/or the causes of this illness. Thank You that You will.”
It is often more important to have answers to these last two questions than it is to be healed.
When we have understanding about how our sickness fits into God’s overall plan for our lives, we can accept the circumstance and then expect God to use it for His glory and our good.
We are also going to come out of our suffering with a lot more understanding of God’s ways.
The fourth prayer is, “Tell me the next thing that I am to do. Thank you that You will, in Your way and in Your time.”
Now there’s nothing complicated about that. As we diligently seek God, He will fulfill His promises to make clear to us our next steps. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8)
But as for me I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me” (Micah 7:7 RSV)
We now have things in their right perspective and God is released to go into action.
In whichever way God works and however God answers us, we should always remember the sovereigntyof God. “See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand (Deuteronomy 32:39).
We can’t twist God’s arm to try and get Him to do something we want Him to do. God is waiting for us to have the maturity to come to the point where we pray these kinds of prayers that are according to His character and His ways.
We need to understand that in God’s sovereignty, He is absolutely righteous. He is absolutely just. “The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings” (Psalm 145:17 RSV). “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4)
In Ezekiel 14:23 we read “‘… I have not done without cause all that I have done in it,’ says the Lord God” (RSV). God always has a reason for what He has allowed to happen tous. He is not a capricious God, and He is not an unkind God. He is a loving God who is working out a plan for our ultimate good.
Source: Joy Dawson, Some of the Ways of God in Healing, YWAM Publishing, 1991, pg 29-32.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
By the way, I’ve found this book to be the most balanced sharing on God’s Healing, … rather than just cookie-cutter answers.
by 林弟兄, bro Lim
July 4, 2015
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