I have prayed for a sick lady who had cancer, and she died. In fact more than one person I have prayed for has died and not been healed. Do you want someone like me to pray for you? Why weren't they healed? Not enough faith? I prayed for a wonderful Pastor who had cancer who was involved in doing the most amazing things for God. He had enough faith for both of us, and we really thought he would be healed. He was not healed and died soon after. He had a wife and children. I can't imagine watching your Husband and your Father die slowly and all you could do was to pray, and later to grieve his loss. It didn't seem like anything particularly good came from his death from a human point of view.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I have seen some of the most amazing healings and God has even used me to pray. But why doesn't God choose to heal ALL who come to Him? I'm not talking about non-Christians who have rejected Him. I mean those who love Him and yet die of cancer. And not only the big diseases. Why aren't we healed of the common cold? It seems everyone I know spends about fortnight getting over it no matter how hard I pray?
The POSB commentary says "Disease- Sickness- Corruption: the ultimate cause of corruption is sin and evil in the world (Genesis 2:15-3:7). An imperfect and corruptible world produces the seed of imperfection and incompleteness. It produces the seed of aging and deterioration until finally all waste away. Imperfection, sin, and disease are just the way of a world that is imperfect. The seed of corruption eats away until all become diseased and sick and ready for the grave."
After Peter's Mother-in-law was healed by Jesus, Matthew 8:16-17 (NLT) says that "That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, AND HE HEALED ALL THE SICK. This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, "He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.""
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