We pray, “Heal me”. We want God to take away this problem. “Fix it,” we demand.

But what would happen if we prayed like Job. “ ‘…We accept the good that God gives us. Shouldn’t we also accept the bad?’…” (Job 2:9-10 God’s Word). Job affirmed his loyalty to God.

Or consider Paul. A physical ailment stuck with him, which has been the explanation of Luke, the doctor, travelling with him. Paul’s explanation in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 reads “…I am forced to deal with a recurring problem. That problem, Satan’s messenger, torments me to keep me from being conceited. I begged the Lord three times to take it away from me. But he told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” …Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ…” (God’s Word). Maybe your prayer should take you before God to examine your weak points or unconfessed sin.

So, before chasing faith healers or asking your church to pray for healing, check what God wants you to receive healing for! Maybe your attitude shames God, or you think too highly of yourself, or something really wrong hides inside you which the outside thing signals needing faced.

Or my usual observation, when we fail to visit the sick (Matthew 25:36, 39) God may just have to sicken you to get you into the hospital to do your job!

Healing feels good, but sick isn’t automatically bad.