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“He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Matthew 8:3).

Healing is the Lord’s choice.  Mind you, in grace, all who believe are healed with salvation.  We pray to be healed, and it is the Lord’s choice as to whether this is going to be done.  Of course, the Lord can heal.  He knows the chain of events for everything.  He does all things with great purpose, and this is His creation.

Too many approach the Lord expecting that because they are lifting up a prayer, the Lord will do what we ask.  Of course He can do it; that is not the question.  Is what you are asking something that will trigger off a sequence of events contrary to God’s will?  You do not know, but He foreknows.  We are given the promise that for those who love Him all things work together for good

Lord God, I have lifted many prayers to You with the expectation that You would do what I say instead of what You say.  When You said “No,” I was disappointed.  Help my heart to shift so that when praying I know that the Father’s will shall be done.  Teach me to pray in humility so that I am thankful for the privilege of coming to You in prayer, trusting that You love all who walk in the Spirit and will do what is best for all of Your creation.  Amen.

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