A Prayer for the Sick

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well and healthy. This week I would like You to think about those who are neither well nor healthy. Of course that could be You. If it is, then I feel very sorry for You and wish You, if possible, a speedy recovery. When You are sick there is no wealth but health.

James 5:14-16

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Proverbs 12:18

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

It may seem to some that sickness is a kind of karma. That God is dishing out just deserts. As Christians We believe that God does not punish sin with sickness, because the cross has dealt with the penalty of sin once and for all. The issue of sickness is always a difficult one to deal with. The key is remembering that God’s ways are higher than our ways. When we are suffering with a sickness, disease, or injury, we usually focus solely on our own suffering. In the midst of a trial of sickness, it is very difficult to focus on what good God might bring about as a result. God can bring about good from any situation. Many people look back on times of sickness as times when they grew closer to God, learned to trust Him more, and/or learned how to truly value life. This is the perspective God has because He is sovereign and knows the end result. Sickness should not cause us to lose faith in God. God is good, even when we are suffering. Even the ultimate of suffering—death—is an act of God’s goodness. It is hard to imagine that anyone who is in heaven as a result of sickness or suffering regrets what they went through in this life.

God Bless You all. Have a peaceful Sunday and a great week ahead.

Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen.