Theme: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESSES
“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” – 1 John 5:14,15.
Comment: Some people’s prayers are not answered by God because they are not in accordance with His will. For instance, God does not hear prayer for only oneself without concern for others’ welfare and most importantly for the progress of His Kingdom. He does not like prayers for doom to befall one’s neighbour. He does not want prayers for overnight wealth. God does not want loud, repetitive prayers. He does not honour prayers made for formality sake, not based on faith, and so on. Those afflicted with chronic illnesses should not be weary in praying to God to enable them overcome the trial and to get cured by his grace. One should also reflect on what spiritual purpose is being served by reason of the crisis one is facing. The need to understand the will of God, therefore, cannot be overstressed. David stated, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” (Psalm 119:71) The understanding God gave Job the prophet about his condition is highly enlightening. “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.” – Job 23:8-12.