Re: On Praying for Sickness and Healing.
I honestly believe when God doesn't heal instantly or otherwise that would be a heavy cross to bear, but bear it...some must. The really important thing, after all has been said, is life...life is enough to thank God for having! Each day we wake up still breathing the breath of life, we should be oh so very thankful.
There are those, even on this board, who probably may never be 'healed', but I see them still going on, serving the Lord with everything in them! And I thank God for them! That, to me, takes a very, very strong believer!
IMINXTZ, thank God for your faithfulness! You are right. False teaching abounds today, to the shame of Christians. Even though I have received instant healing more than once, still there were other things --horrible things -- I've had to suffer through. Still sometimes have to endure. I don't know why God does not heal every time, but he DOES still heal and perform miracles.
You know, I can't imagine those 3 Hebrew boys enjoyed going through that fire, but they had to! Paul's thorn in the flesh, I believe he wanted to rid himself of that, but he had to endure it and go on. We don't know why. We are not God. And we can command all we want to, but HE'S STILL GOD. But...he's God on the mountain and he's still God in every dark valley!
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)