“You Can’t Dictate How God Will Heal You”
– Rev. Tammie Denyse, President/CEO Carrie’s TOUCH
There is a story in the Bible about a great man, Naaman, that was inflicted with leprosy. I’m not going to recant the entire story, but you can read it here, 2Kings 5:1-19. Naaman sought out another great man of the Bible, the Prophet Elisha, for healing. Naaman was told by Elisha’s servant to go wash seven times in the muddy Jordan River. This greatly offended Naaman on a couple of levels. First, he was offended that the servant came as opposed to Elisha. And, more importantly, he expected some other type of healing from God. At least he expected a cleaner river, one closer to where he was currently located. Naaman was dictating how God was to heal him, and in fact almost missed out on his blessing.
This greatly offended Naaman on a couple of levels. First, he was offended that the servant came as opposed to Elisha. And, more importantly, he expected some other type of healing from God. At least he expected a cleaner river, one closer to where he was currently located. Naaman was dictating how God was to heal him, and in fact almost missed out on his blessing.
How often have you heard someone say,
“God will heal me.”
“I’m praying for miraculous healing.”
“The medical healing is too complicated, too burdensome, too scary. I don’t trust Doctors. I can just pray on it and God will answer my prayers. I have faith. Scripture says that if I believe, that if I simply ask, have patience, strength, and courage, God will answer my prayers.”
Then you watch as they sit around waiting for the miracle. They pray for the miracle. They pray and wait. Others pray and wait with them. They pray and wait with strong faith and conviction. They stand in agreement for the healing as it says in the scriptures. They stand and touch in agreement for the healing.
What happens when God doesn’t answer your pray exactly like you requested?
Where you open to hearing what God wanted you to do or where you simply waiting for God to do exactly what you requested?
God does answer prayers. His ability to heal is on multiple levels. Some people do receive a miraculous healing. Some use eastern techniques or a more homeopathic approach. Others are led to utilize modern western medicine. And there are those few that are led to do the unthinkable – as was the case with Naaman. Yet others use a combination of the above. I know for me, I anchored my healing in prayer. I asked for guidance and followed where the Holy Spirit led me – to use western medicine. I told the doctors they were instruments of God. I had faith that God would work his power over my life through western medicine. My treatment was cut in half and today I remain in remission after three years.
I believe in the power of prayer that is anchored in faith in God through Jesus Christ. I believe that God will save me. I lay my petitions at the feet of God, seeking his direction and his guidance. I step out on faith as if the healing had taken place. I expect to heal. I just don’t dictate to God the nature of that healing.
Naaman got his healing. After much coercion from his servant, he went down to the muddy Jordan river and washed seven times and was cured of leprosy.
Don’t miss your blessing by trying to dictate to God. Seek God’s divine will for your life and then, step out on faith that he will provide salvation through Jesus Christ.