Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Opus 2024-023: Don’t Pray for Healing

Recently the pastor was sharing about his wife’s heart problem.  Like many people she has developed atrial fibrillation, A-fib.  She had gone through a procedure called cardiac ablation.  They send a lazar up your blood vessels and singe a section of nerve in the heart.  This blocks the too frequent messages being sent and returns you to a regular heart beat.  At least that is the story and they are sticking with it.

I have been praying for her healing but got a surprise.  He shared that what was needed was not to heal because if the healing continued she would be forced to endure the procedure again.  The heart would reestablish what was there before, recreating the problem.  Now that is an interesting twist.  I made a joke about praying wrong.

Isn’t it wonderful that God knows what we mean even when we don’t.  This is a classic application of a Bible promise,

(Rom 8:26 KJV)  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Actually praying for the opposite was not how I usually thought of this verse but in this case it fits.  God thinks of everything.

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