I often ask God for healing for my body, mind, and spirit. This actually involves a long list of requests because of my many physical problems. I also struggle with taking medication every two hours all day long. After I take most of them, I want to sleep it off for a couple hours. It’s difficult to be productive when you’re so tired from medication. Working outside the home isn’t really an option right now. I pray for God to heal me, but it hasn’t happened yet.
How does someone continue asking in faith for God to heal them and yet live with contentment in their current situation? It’s not easy. Here are three thoughts that come to mind from my perspective.
Remember these brief trials are insignificant in comparison to the glory that awaits us.
Paul wrote: “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NLT). Life will be uncomfortable and even painful, but it is only temporary. Remember to look forward to the joy ahead.
Depend on God.
After being blinded by the light on the road to Damascus, Paul apparently had ongoing trouble with his eyes. He described writing the closing of a letter with his own hand and how readers could tell because of the large lettering. And he acknowledged that the Galatians would have given him their own eyes, if they could. Paul asked God three times to heal him, but God said “no” because He wanted Paul to depend on God’s strength for his weakness (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).
Minister to others from your brokenness.
When we experience trouble, God comforts us. But then He expects us to comfort others going through the same troubles (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). He pours out his love to us so we can pour His love out on others: “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7, NLT). Because we are broken, God’s power and love can flow through us.
Understanding our pain and inconvenience from the perspective of what God might be trying to do through our lives makes it easier to find contentment in our circumstances, even in our unanswered prayer. And we can always live in faith believing God will someday choose to answer. If nothing else, our physical healing will come like an answer to prayer when we are ultimately healed in heaven.
These are the issues I wrestle with in prayer and Bible meditation.