Re: Can we pray for a certain spiritual gift or not?
Our say on the matter is whether we make ourselves available for the Holy Spirit to work through in a way that will bring glory to God. Seeking such and even with specificity is Biblical in my opinion.
Originally Posted by moonglow
There is much made about Paul's prelude and postlude to I Corinthians 13 (Paul's discourse on love) but I believe the sense given on an unfiltered basis is the correct sense (at least to me):
I Corinthians 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
I Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
Paul is instructing the Corinthians to desire to be used (gifted) by the Holy Spirit for the accomplishing of God's will in the matter (I Corinthians 12:11) through them. My sense is that we should seek with specificity to be used of God according to how we are placed in the body.
None of us have any kind of propensity to supernaturally heal another and so none of us are more "fit" for the gift than another by our natural abilities. But where we might differ one from another is in our willingness to be used, in our belief that God desires to gift us with supernatural gifts, in our desire to bring glory to God, and our faith in God and in His active role in our lives as Christians.
If you believe that God can heal through gifting of the Holy Spirit then I think the scriptures encourage you to ask God to use you in such a capacity.
I Samuel 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.