A few weeks ago I needed to go to the hospital to have a CT scan. I went to the front desk and checked in, then took a seat in the waiting area. There were maybe 10-15 people also waiting for their turn. As I sat there, I began to notice the people waiting. There were people from at least 4 or 5 different countries. Some of the people were elderly, some middle-aged, some were young, even a baby in a mother’s arms. Some were dressed to the “nines,” some not. There was about an even number of men as there were women.
Each of us was there for the same purpose. Each had a health problem. This was where we were told to go by our doctor. Each adult, even the young, had a worried look on his/her face. As I sat there, I wondered what was the religion of each one? Did they pray about their health? Did they even think about Jesus, and His ability to heal? Did they even know about Jesus? Then I thought about myself!
Needing a CT scan meant I had a health problem! Prayer? Did I pray about MY problem? Did I talk to the Lord about it? I, of all people in that room, needed to put my trust in Jesus. It is human nature to pray when we have a problem, health or otherwise. That is not right!
We as Christians should pray all the time whether we have blessings, health issues, family problems, etc. We have a song in our songbook about praying. “Pray in the morning, pray in the evening, pray when you are happy, pray when in sorrow, pray all the time.” Remember singing this song? Do you pray all the time, or only when you are in need?
In the Gospels, we read of the many people Jesus healed. Word spread about Jesus healing people. Loved ones brought their sick, friends brought their sick and the lame, all with a need, to Jesus to be healed. He healed each and every one of them. Our faith should show calm assurance that no matter what the doctor says, we trust what Jesus says, therefore, we say, “with Jesus, it is well with my soul.” The “Great Physician” cares for me when I worry and I’m afraid. He sees me through the waiting room and beyond. Let each of us, whether we be young or old or in the middle, go to God in prayer each and every day. God hears our prayers! – (just) claude