Do you struggle with the dilemma of prayer and physical healing?
What are we to pray for the Huntington’s adult or the Down syndrome infant?
Does prayer carry any weight against genes or mortality rates?
Pancreatic cancer, epilepsy, Huntington’s, cystic fibrosis, Down Syndrome, AIDS, spina bifida, and hundreds more have no cure.
If you are like me, you have, at some point in your faith, presumed that suffering is due to a flaw in the afflicted person. Either the sufferer is being punished for sin or lacks healing because of inadequate faith.
I begin to think like Job’s friends.
I begin to dampen a friend’s faith.
I begin to think less of God.
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (John 9:1-3)
But how do I encourage this work but also not do harm by holding out false hope of physical healing?
I hold tightly to God’s will.
Which may not be healing.
Which may result in unimaginable possibilities and increased suffering.
Which promises to mince my faith.
The cup wasn’t taken from Jesus.
There was no other way than the cross.
He is my extravagant Hope.