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 willdo 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)