Theological Thoughts on healing -

Can we get better than hit and miss?

For many of us, praying for healing is a bit 'hit and miss' and we put much of the misses down to God's overall sovereignty. However this says in effect, at this moment it is God's will for the person to stay sick. But its easier to deal with emotionally and intellectually than some postions that  say its the person's lack of faith that has kept them ill ie. it's God's will to heal so all the problem is at our end. I am expecting some of these assumptions to be probed a bit by our experiences this week.

 

Consider this: Jesus healed all who came to him, and all who touched him were healed. In the early chapters of Acts we see the early church having similar levels of success to the point where thay were dragging the sick onto the streets so that Peter's shadow could fall on them. Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God and personified it - he was the kingdom come. We are taught to prayer for the Kingdom to come on earth 'as it is in heaven' ie. we pray for an increasingly perfect reflection of God's heart, values and will to be demonstrated in our time and space -literally in our world. We need more Kingdom to come.

 

Please feel free to leave comments or questions.

 

Andy 

Andy Merrick, 12/09/2009
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Alan Harrison 12/09/2009 18:23
Certainly an interesting observation and I’d be curious to hear how your assumptions are probed over these days. I would make two observations of my own though. Firstly, speaking personally rather than theologically, on the occasions I’ve prayed for a physical healing I approach it with two things in mind; that I am not God and am asking for nothing less than a miracle, and that God is very much God and knows far more than I do about any given situation, having farsighted wisdom and being ultimately in complete control. To this end, I cannot say to God “I know better than you and demand that you act in this situation”, simply because it’s not true.

Secondly, there are several parts of scripture which speak of suffering and physical ailments as being character building and ultimately used to God’s glory. I’d site the plight of Job, the tale of Joseph, the discussion of discipline in Hebrews 12, Paul’s thorn in his flesh (2 Cor 12:7, whatever that is referring to) and advice to Timothy for his ‘frequent ailments’ (1 Tim 5:23), as well as a curious comment made by Christ in Gethsemane in Matthew 26:53 (“Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?”).

But both these scriptures, and those which you site in your post, are from the same God-inspired texts. So I’d be keen to hear what you make of that which you experience in LA.

Blessings,

Alan
Andy Merrick 15/09/2009 07:10
you really need to seperate out the scriptures that deal directly with sickness from those that are suffering in general, as I think sickness does warrant a category of its own. David suffered many trials yet said that the benefits of salvation included forgiveness and the healing of al his diseases (Ps 103). Here in the church not all are healed, they are reaching for that to be the case and kiving in the incompleteness of their desire without diminishing God's ability or desire to heal or pressursing the still sick...grace is extended in all directions