A gracEmail subscriber in the U.S. Southwest writes that he prays fervently for God to restore a loved one who is ill, believing that God will mercifully heal but humbly entrusting the matter to his sovereign will.
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Like you, I urgently beseech God to heal the sick. For their sake and their family’s, but also to advance his kingdom, to show his glory, to manifest his mercy, to build faith of others, to vindicate the faith of those who pray — and of those who specifically express faith by praying and anointing with oil (James 5:15). Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Fiery Furnace, our attitude should surely be, “Our God, whom we serve, will deliver us. But even if he does not, we will serve him still” (Daniel 3:17-18).
In the meantime, we may know that wherever people love, there is healing. Wherever people trust God, there is blessing. Wherever people believe God, there he is present. I applaud you and your friends for your act of faith and obedience. And I praise the living God who makes it all possible, and who puts it in our hearts to seek him with confidence that he is really there (Heb. 11:6).
May God strengthen all who look to him in faith. May he guide all who seek his leading. May he fulfill the heart’s highest desires of all who put their hope in him. May he make us know and feel that he is God, that he still works wonders, and that he knows those who are his. Amen.