"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Thursday, January 6, 2011

There is something that has really stood out to me as of late and it has to do with what I see when people put out prayer requests and what I seem to hear come from a lot of people. Let’s just say someone is sick or in the hospital, etc. And they ask for prayer from others in the (Christian) body. It goes out but rarely are people asked to pray for healing. It is always prayer for the doctors, to give them wisdom in how to treat someone, give the person comfort as they deal with what they have. But not (very often) for healing. Don’t we think God can do that? Do we think God needs us to do something for him? Do we think God has changed over time and He doesn’t heal people like that anymore? Or is it our own fear to ask for what seems to be the impossible? Or are we afraid we’ll be disappointed if we ask for the big stuff? I just think it is really sad that we have made God so small. Do we not even have the faith of a mustard seed? Do you not want to see God move mountains or does that scare you too much? It bothers me that we seem to want to limit God, that we are to afraid to ask for the possible from Him.


Anonymous said...

Maybe it's just your congregation -when we have prayer requests in our church, the minister always prays for healing

Anonymous said...

saudhIt must be your church that thinks God is too small we always ask for healing first and even lay on hands. Better figure out your church's downfall in their small God

Anonymous said...

Why do you stay at your church if it makes you so unpleased? Wouldn't it be better to go somewhere else that you can grow in your faith walk? Just remember there are no perfect churches.

Brian and Kelly Jo Kallevig said...

First off, I tried to write it so that it wasn't just about my church-because it's not. I see/hear it from others as well. Sure, sometimes there are requests for healing, but mostly it's about the things that you could take as requests for healing, but yet they skirt around it a bit by not saying those words. It just seems that people don't want to be that direct, because they don't think God will answer in such a direct way, He'll do it through the doctors, or whatever, but I don't know. They just don't want to ask in such a big way.
Second, you are right, there is no perfect church so it wouldn't do me a whole lot of good to go looking for it. The Sunday morning "event" of church isn't where I really expect/look to be challenged in my faith walk. That happens in daily life, in small groups, in connections with people. The event on Sunday morning that we refer to as "church" is just a small part of really being a church. It's just the place where the connections are made for growth.