‘If you, then…. know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’(Mt.7:11)
Prayer for a Christian is his admission that he is not yet perfect. We have been made righteous by our faith and yet our faith has not been perfected owing to the condition that we are in the body. St. Paul despaired at times on this point to cry out,’O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?'(Ro.7:24) We are among children of men and yet not of them and such a situation can create difficulties for us in many areas. (Jas.4:4)The world did not know him so the world will not know or appreciate us.(I Jn3 :1). Children of light and children of darkness or disobedience have different attitude that are contrary to one another. Jesus in his parable of the unjust steward(Lk.17.1-12) speaks that no man can serve two masters. While in body we are stewards and we are serving others and it is likely that we are holding their ‘unrighteous money'(vs.11. KJV). How we handle it is one way we might be tested. Are we wise and just to be entrusted with true riches? Or do we fall into a trap that we end up serving Mammon instead? ‘Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray’.(Jas.5:13)
Good Neighborliness in God’s Kingdom
Being in a weak body we are subject to sickness and many other ills that this corruptible body is prey to. In certain societies one may not be covered for medical care so a costly procedure to be rid of his or her sickness may be impossible. Living in a body subject to wear and tear it is not the power of our wallet that we should put our confidence but in our Savior and Redeemer. He himself took our infirmities and his wisdom and power must work in our case. We must trust that God works with many agencies for the succour of His children. God fed Elijah by the brook of Cherith and at Zarephath. ‘Behold I have commanded a widow there to sustain thee(I Ki 17:9, 4). The earth and the fulness thereof belongs to the Lord and as such we are to trust God in matters small or large. Worldly men who practice the art of healing are also under God’s sovereignty. Only that by our prayers we make the connection between God and the sick on the right footing. ( Some sects drum loud that they are unlike others for they practice divine healing. They wear only white as though outward purity is a guarantee for their inner holiness. Those who practice such divine healing do not give credit to their fellow beings or God. Like Pharisees of old they despise those who do not see eye to eye with them. Are they exercising faith in its proper context? I do not think so.) The kingdom of God extends even as far as the earth. Anywhere in his kingdom there are opportunities for all to taste divine goodness. Through natural causes (of being made of earthly bodies) God creates situation for man to love and serve one another. We are to be good neighbors to all as the parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us. By such interaction godly as well as ungodly may taste his Love. Falling sick cannot be helped but surely we can get helped if it falls within divine will.
‘If thou wilt’
We are stewards for all since we are sustained by all no matter saved or not. Our reasonable service is to be served by godly and ungodly alike in areas where God has entrusted them with the art of healing. By our healing those physicians are given occasion to see divine care and their role as divine Instruments. Faith in God means faith in God’s power and wisdom to work with all. In the gospel of Luke we see how Jesus healed the leper. He honored Christ by recognizing his Power to heal. ‘If thou wilt'(I Jn.5:14) We also have the assurance from the Word that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (Jas.5:17). While we are in body we pray and we honor God by making our prayers to fall subject to his will.
God has given his wisdom and power. Holy Spirit narrates the Creation account in which God breathed into man to make him a living soul. (Gen. 2:7) We are exercising the same wisdom as well as power in subordinate to his.
Every good and perfect gift is from above.(Jas.1:17) and we have the confidence that God will hear us in whatever we ask according to his will. Jesus Christ knows our needs and weaknesses since he lived among the world.(Jn1:14). The Word was made flesh and glory of God was revealed to us. We read that we have received from the fulness of his grace one blessing after the other. One blessing that we can enjoy all through our days is to keep connected with God. When we pray according to his Will we are ‘yea saying to Life’ that life in the body merely prepares us here and now.