‘But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy."’2 Kings 5.11
Praying for healing is a beautiful ministry, and is being developed in many churches today. However, it is not without its problems, one of which is our expectations as we seek healing. We often come to Jesus with quite fixed ideas about how he will answer our prayers. If he answers us in a way that differs from our own expectations, we are likely to miss the opportunity of recognising him at work.
This was Naaman’s problem: he had a pretty clear idea of how he thought God would bring healing to him, and we are told that he went into a rage when it was suggested that God might do it differently (2 Kings 5.12).
Psalm 5.3 encourages us to lay our requests before God and ‘wait in expectation’. The calling on us is to be open to the many ways in which our creative God brings his answers to us. If we are only looking in one particular direction, we may well miss him altogether.
Take a moment to do just this. Lay out your requests before God, thank him that each of them has been heard, and wait in expectation for what he will do.
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