A Conversation With the Scriptures
Written and compiled by: Cynthia Butler
Believer: I’ve prayed to you to heal me, Lord, but I’m still sick. I don’t know what to do.
Scriptures: “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
Believer: I’d like to have that kind of faith, but I don’t think I do. How can I just make myself have more faith? I’m afraid it’s too late. Maybe I’ve missed my chance for healing.
Scriptures: “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” (Mark 5:36) “Fix [your] eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of [your] faith.” (Heb. 12:2) “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
Believer: It’s not that I don’t believe you’re able to heal me. I know you can; I just don’t know whether I believe that you will.
Scriptures: “Whoever has faith in me will do what I [Jesus] have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.” (John14:12-14)
Believer: Anything? Did you really mean for that statement to be unconditional?
Scriptures: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.” (John 15:7)
Believer: Ok. But how do I know whether it’s your will to heal me?
Scriptures: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10?)
Believer: I know, Lord, and I thank you. I am abundantly blessed! Even if you never heal me I am still blessed. And I know that suffering builds perseverance. That’s why I thought maybe this illness might be your will. That’s why I thought you might not want to heal me. Maybe you’re withholding healing for a higher purpose.
Scriptures: “[The Lord] does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.” (Lam. 3:33) “The Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” (Psalm 84:11)
Believer: But I’m not blameless. I probably deserve every affliction in my body. Maybe I even brought this on myself.
Scriptures: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) “God chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Eph. 1:3) “God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.” (2 Cor. 5:19) “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21)
Believer: Thank you, God. Thank you for not giving me the punishment I deserve. Thank you for saving me. And I know that in Heaven I will have no more sickness. But what about on this earth?
Scriptures: “This, then, is how you should pray. . . your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” (Matt 6:9) “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) “I have given you authority. . . to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm (injure) you.” (Luke 10:19)
Believer: I want that to happen in my life; for nothing to injure or harm me. I know your word is true. It’s got to be true, because you are the truth. Teach me how to receive this, Lord.
Scriptures: “Ask and it will be given to you.” (Luke 11:9)
Believer: Jesus, I know you are the healer. Please take away this illness. I want to live in health.
Scriptures: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matt. 9:28)
Believer: Yes, Lord
Scriptures: “According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matt. 9:29)