2 Corinthians 12:7-9 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me--to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness " Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
I thank God for modern medicine and all the good that it does, but there are times when the physician does not have the answer. There are alternatives to the care of physicians that might be appropriate in some situations, and one of them is prayer.
The Bible promises answers to prayer (see next paragraph), and I have personally observed many in my time. I believe that God invariably answers prayer. However, He often will give us what we need rather than what we ask for. I learned to modify my “gimme a job” prayer, instead asking God to protect me from taking the wrong job. I have often prayed for healing, but on one occasion I was moved to pray instead for the Spirit to be with a lady, rather than to pray for her healing. Looking back, I could see God’s guidance – the lady died in surgery the following day. She was ready to go, and the Lord took her home. That event helped me understand that the purpose of prayer is not so much for us to beg favors from God as it is for us to seek the presence of God and “tune in” to His Spirit.
Matthew 18:19-20 Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.
Matthew 21:22 And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
The Lord Provides!