When I’ve inquired why healthcare professionals don’t specifically pray for their patients, usually the top reason is the potential for disappointment if God doesn’t answer the prayer. “I don’t want to leave the patient spiritually injured and questioning God while they are also sick” is a common comment.
Healthcare professionals, especially ones that work in hospital settings, are regularly dealing with situations that are dire, tragic or at the very least, challenging. Patients frequently desire a “now God intervention” in their situation and it can be scary facing the reality of God’s timing, which may be an answer of “not yet”. Trying to navigate this with a patient, in the moment, can be unsettling. The question that stops us from praying turns to “What if God doesn’t…..”
Let’s not mix up that the satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and that a loving Father God doesn’t send sickness and disease to teach his children a lesson. Using that as a foundation What if we turn the question from “what if God doesn’t” to “what if God did“? How can we start thinking in a way that the God of the universe wants to show up and change a life in a significant way today? We might be one prayer away from a miracle 3 feet in front of us. Praying for your patients and their care can be incredibly healthy and spiritually significant.
John 14:13-14 – Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
In a future post I will share practical tips for praying with patients without leaving them spiritually injured….