Last night we had dinner with a friend who is battling a serious illness. Marsha and I are committed to standing with her for healing. It was while I was praying for our friend–more than a friend, but a daughter–that I wrote in my journal the following:
We cannot command God to do anything, and those who say we can are confused at best and arrogant at worst. But we can appropriate what He as already said is ours, not demanding it, or even asking for it, but by appropriating it. It’s ours already.
Asking God to heal is asking Him to do something He has already done (Is 53; Ps 103 and others). So, we don’t demand of God, but we exercise the authority He has given us, and declare the truth of His Word. Therefore, I can boldly proclaim healing, command sickness to leave, and by faith know that in Christ all of God’s promises are “Yes” and Amen” (2 Cor 1:20)!
I told Marsha that I won’t let go of the horns of the altar until I see our friend healed. Without her permission I won’t share our friend’s name, but I invite you to agree with me for her healing, knowing that she love the Lord and wants to please Him, and is standing by faith knowing He will see her through this time.