"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Sigh, believe it or not, but another old sister whom my family know passed away last morning. As a matter of fact, we have been visiting and praying for her at either the hospital or her home for the last six months. Somehow, her prolonged sickness forced me to rethink on the issue about prayer and healing. Indeed, we have always prayed for healing when we visited her, but there seems to be no progress at all, on hindsight. So what's the problem? Did we not pray hard enough, or did we pray without faith? But again, does praying in faith means that we will surely get what we prayed for? Or does it simply means trusting things into the hands of God, no matter which way it turns out to be? How then shall we pray? Should we pray for healing and hopefully our will coincides with God's will? Or should we pray for God's will (whether is it time to go home or is it a trial to be overcome) to be revealed to us instead? To complicate things further, could we embrace a rationalistic mindset in regards to praying for healing? For example, we know that it's easier to pray for speedy recovery after an operation, but what about praying for healing for a patient in the last stage of cancer who is supposed (unless God says otherwise) to die soon? Theoretically, God can heal the patient even in the most advance stage of cancer, but does He need to? Factually, some died of cancer without receiving healing at all, is it because of faith issue? Probably, these are questions I would never find any satisfying answers to. And I think this is simply something which I will struggle with throughout this life journey.