Pray for them.
Carey and I finished reading a compilation of sermons by John G. Lake Monday.
Lake (1870-1935) is one of the most renown “faith healers” in history. There are even reports that healings from his ministry were responsible for closing a hospital in his home base of Spokane, Washington.
Last Thursday a very good friend called and asked if Carey and I would come pray for healing for a friend the next night. He said, “She is ready for her healing.”
This felt like an odd request of two people who had each watched their spouses die even though each had believed very strongly for their healing. But we know that the Bible tells us to pray for the sick and we still believe that it is God’s will for all to be healed.
We went. We prayed.
I would like to report that our friend stood up and walked.
But she didn’t.
That was part of the problem: I wanted to report it. I wanted to be part of the healing. I wanted to be able to say, “I prayed for her. She was healed.”
And, re-reading what I just wrote, I know there is still a lot of my “self” in me. God forgive me. I can think it possible for my selfishness to be the hindrance to someone else’s healing.
This week, talking with others who were there last Friday night, I heard disappointment and discouragement. Why didn’t our friend stand up and walk?
I didn’t – I don’t – know.
It wasn’t until Monday that Carey and I read the main point of the Lake book:
“God is letting your soul down, beloved, into the bedrock, right down where your mind is not occupied anymore with the manifestation of God. God is trying to get your mind occupied with Himself. God has come into you, and now He is drawing you into Himself.”
Even after seeing thousands of healings, Lake knew healing wasn’t what it was all about. It wasn’t until he knew – really, really knew – how much God loved him that he was totally free and walking in the full power of God.
Is that the step our friend took last Friday? Did she take another step in walking in God’s love?
It’s not about Lake. It’s not about healing – healing can easily become an idol.
It’s about knowing the full Love of God. It’s about having the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. His love is complete.
You can’t remove all the need in the world today but there are lots of ways you can help. Ask God to tell you how much He loves you.