It's easy to think that God's not listening to your requests--especially when you're praying for that "special request" that continues to go unanswered. I am finding that more and more my petitions are for a healing touch for a family member, friend, or co-worker. Are you finding that to be true as well?
During chemo treatments, there were two prayers I prayed out loud most days. These prayers comforted me, encouraged me, and strengthened me. When everything else around me was out of control I knew God was in control of my situation. Even though I did not receive a miraculous, healing of the cancer being immediately removed, I believe God healed me through the advances of medicine.
Why doesn't God heal us instantly? I believe that sometimes, God allows that which He hates to accomplish that which He loves. Because God did not heal me instantly, I have a powerful testimony of His grace and mercy....first hand experience of how He saw me through, helped me endure, and brought me to a closer walk with Him. Because isn't that why we're here?
Father God, I thank You for creating me in Your image. I praise You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I confess that You are the God who heals, my Great Physician. I ask You to heal my body from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I pray that You would regenerate every bone, joint, tendon, ligament, tissue, organ, and cell of my body. This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Evening Prayer of Restoration
Father God, I thank You for sustaining me today. I thank You that You are made perfect in my weakness. Your grace is sufficient for me. I thank You that Your steadfast love never ceases and Your mercies are new every morning. You say in Your Word that mourning may come for a night, but the new day will bring gladness. Bless me with a healing night's sleep. Restore unto me the joy of my salvation. Help me to stay on the path that leads to life.
Most of all, don't be discouraged! Here's what He says about prayer:
- Pray boldly! God wants us to approach Him with confidence (Heb 4:16)
- Pray often. God desires a relationship with us (1 Thess 5:17)
- Pray in faith. He is able and willing (Mark 11:24-26).
Peace and Joy,