And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet (beat) me, lest I be exalted above measure. II Corinthians 12:7
All my life I have been in relatively good shape, worked out and walked two or more miles a day for the past 30 years and prided myself for being healthy and fit, even catching myself looking down my nose at those who were ill, as if my health was somehow by my own strength. Over the past thirty five years I have prayed for the sick and have seen miracle after miracle of healing and deliverance and have trusted the Lord for my own health and provision.
Nothing we do in God's kingdom comes from our own strength, it comes from submission to His perfect will and belief in His divine power. About three years ago my blood pressure went off the charts and my heart began to skip and beat irregularly, so I prayed and cried out to the Lord but it didn't go down and I hadn't been to a doctor in 40 years. I finally went, not wanting to leave my wife with a vegetable and they put me on BP meds and it went back down. I immediately went back to my old routine until a week ago when my heart rate soared to 170 BPM for over 6 hours in full AFIB!
This happened on a Sunday and I prayed, went to my fellowship on Tuesday night, felt fine and then Wednesday morning it happened again, so I called my doctor and he had me come in and ran an EKG that looked like the Rocky Mountains, so he sent me to a cardiologist for further tests which resulted in a diagnosis of AFIB, an irregular heartbeat and he put me on blood thinners and that seemed to calm everything down. I am telling you all this to comfort those who are sick or suffering and to let you know that God cares for you and His will is for all of us to be well.
At first I began to think about how was I going to pray for the sick if I'm sick and that's when the Lord spoke and said, "My grace is sufficient!" The apostle Paul had some physical infirmity in his body and he saw as many miracles of healing as any in the New Testament scripture and God didn't heal him! Spiritual pride is a sin that destroys faith and exalts the flesh and must be repented of in order to see the power of God heal, deliver and restore those who are afflicted. Do I still believe God is a healer, yes, will I still pray for the sick, definitely, will I respect His sovereignty and trust in His perfect will for my life? Yes I will and I hope you will to!
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong. II Corinthians 12:9,10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin