Last fall, our son John had to have his appendix taken out.
Prior to this hospital trip, I spent a wonderful week with a friend of mine that I went to Bible school with over 12 years ago. Among many things we discussed, the subject of divine healing came up. Not because we knew John was going to need it but because we do believe so strongly that it is God’s will to heal even today. What we questioned mostly was why we don’t see more manifestations of divine healing than we do.
When the pain in John’s body persisted and we decided to take him to the emergency room, we had no idea of what to expect.
When they first suggested it might be his appendix and he might need surgery, I focused on the word might. Might, in my opinion, could be used interchangeably with might not, which is how I chose to hear it. Words like might go a long way to support my denial. Oddly enough though, my husband didn’t hear it that way; he heard he needs surgery and that was reflected in his prayer that God guide the hand of the surgeon when performed surgery. My friend also prayed that God would guide the hand of the surgeon and grant John quick recovery.
John and I both have been recipients of instantaneous, a diving healing that kept us from having the surgery a surgeon said we needed. God had done that twice on our behalf; He could certainly do it again. And so I prayed that way – that God would heal John this side of surgery. John agreed with me.
I read of people who are so dogmatic in their beliefs in divine healing that they would allow a loved one to die from appendicitis because they don’t believe it’s God’s will to allow surgeons to fix what they believe is God’s to fix. I am not one of those.
But like I said, I have been healed this side of surgery and would have loved for my son to escape yet another surgery. I thought that since we all believe in divine healing that we would be in agreement that John would not have the surgery but instead walk out healed. I was saddened that we weren’t in agreement. We all prayed for his healing but there was no agreement about what we thought that would look like.
Jesus said, “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything they may ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven”. Matthew 18:19
He had the surgery, God was with him and he had a good recovery. I am grateful. But I am also convinced that one reason we don’t see more healings is that even though with our mouths we are saying we believe in divine healing, we are putting limits on God when we assume the path of healing He would choose to use. It’s a good idea to ask before praying – what are you believing for? Are we on the same page? Couldn’t hurt and it just might bring in more healings.
Have you ever experienced something like this?
Father in heaven, how awesome that we can come to You and believe that You hear our prayers and are moved to respond. Thank You for being with John through that surgery and thank You for the doctors. Help me to not put limits on You and help me to encourage others to do the same. Let Your healing power touch our lives in ways that can only be You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.