In my situation doctors have no answers – but God does.
I have six months away from work and will be using that time to seek God, and to build and strengthen my faith.
I start this journey with two significant scripture statements. The first is very encouraging, offering a very firm promise, a guarantee of answered prayer.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer (Mt 21)
And the second admonishes and cautions, with two examples of things that will prevent us from receiving: a failure to ask, and a selfish reason for asking.
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives (James 4)
My understanding of these statements, is that we can’t pray with genuine belief, and therefore have the assurance that we will receive whatever we ask for – unless we have a clear and indisputable knowledge that we are praying according to God’s will, and not merely for our own misguided reasons.
This need to know God’s will is also confirmed by John:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5. my bold emphasis.)
How does all of this relate to my personal situation?
- I need to ask for healing
- I need to believe that I’ll be healed.
- I need to be sure of my motive for asking for healing.
- (most significantly) I need to KNOW that my healing is God’s will, or the other three are irrelevant.
How, therefore, can I know His will for my personal circumstances so I can confidently pray in faith?
Does He leave everyone in my position facing uncertainty, and therefore unable to REALLY believe? Does God work in such a hit or miss way, so that knowing His will is guesswork or even impossible?
Or does He reveal His will through a personal revelation, a dream, a vision, a voice from heaven? (But only to a select few).
Or has He in fact already made His will clear in the same way that He has made His will about other things known?
Through His word, in scripture.