<< Daily Hope with Rick Warren

When You Pray for Healing, You Can Pray with Confidence - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - February 6, 2021

  • 2021 Feb 06

When You Pray for Healing, You Can Pray with Confidence
By Rick Warren

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14 (NIV)

Why doesn’t God heal everyone that asks him for it?

When you pray and ask for God’s healing, you can trust that he’ll hear and answer you. But he may not answer in the way you hope. He won’t give you something against his will. God always wants what’s best for you—and the best thing may be to use an illness in ways you did not expect.

Sometimes God uses sickness to get your attention and redirect you. He may have to lay you flat on your back in order to get you to look up to him. Proverbs 20:30 says, “Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways” (GNT). Most of us could give a story of how it took a painful experience to make us change our ways.

Sometimes God allows a sickness to be a testimony for others. He knows he can trust you with an illness, and he knows you'll be a good example to other people, particularly unbelievers.

Paul says in Philippians 1:12, “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel” (NIV). Paul was sick and in prison when he wrote that, testifying to how God used his circumstances to spread the Good News.

The greatest witness you will ever have is your example of the way you handle pain. In my own life, God has used my deepest moments of pain as a witness to my neighbors and the world. When you respond to pressure and pain in a way that points people back to God, it brings glory to him.

Sometimes God allows a sickness to take a person into eternity—a sickness unto death. Hebrews 9:27 says, “Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God” (GNT). If you could be healed of every illness just by having enough faith, then if you had enough faith, you might never die. That certainly isn't God's will.

When you are sick, you can pray and ask God in confidence for healing. Why should you have confidence? “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14 NIV).

That’s right: When you pray in God’s will, he always hears you. His answer may not come through the method or in the timing you want, but his answer is always for good and for his glory.

PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick

For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit pastorrick.com!

the lords prayer childrens book daily hope rick warren october 2021 offerBuild a Firm Foundation of Prayer in the Next Generation!

“Perhaps the most important role you can play in the life of a child is teaching them to trust God through prayer. It’s the key to living with hope.” —Pastor Rick

That’s why it’s so important to strengthen the hope of kids by introducing them to Jesus’ model for prayer at an early age. And we’re excited to help you do that with Pastor Rick’s children’s book, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness.

Filled with thoughtful insights from Pastor Rick as well as stunning illustrations from award-winning artist, Richard Jesse Watson, this book brings the poetic scripture from the King James Version alive for readers young and old. It’s sure to become a meaningful bedtime ritual, a treasured memory, and by God’s grace, a legacy that bears good fruit for generations to come.

This book is a perfect way to share the beauty and richness of The Lord’s Prayer with the children the Lord has placed in your life. And it’s our thanks for your gift below to help Daily Hope take the Good News to more people everywhere. So please request a copy for yourself or a friend today, and thanks for your generosity!

*The USA IRS code permits you to deduct the amount of your financial gift to Daily Hope that exceeds the fair market value of materials you received from Daily Hope.

This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

You can listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.

More Daily Hope with Rick Warren Articles

Follow Crosswalk.com