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Prayer for Healing

A classic devotion from Daily Guideposts to help you find comfort and healing in your moment of need.

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Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. II Corinthians 12:9

In a little town in the French Pyrenees, there is a shrine celebrated for miracles of healing. As the story goes, an amputee veteran of World War II appeared there one day. As he hobbled up to the shrine, a bystander remarked, “Poor man. Does he think God will give him back his leg?” The veteran overheard him.

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“No, sir,” he replied, “I don’t expect God to give me back my leg. I am going to pray to Him to help me live without it.”

I’ve always liked this story because when I was 8 years old, after a bad case of measles, I began to lose my hearing. My loss was a gradual one. Today, I have about twenty percent hearing in each ear. Well-meaning Christian friends often suggest that I ask God to give me back my hearing. When they do, I tell them that I have done this but, so far, my hearing has not been restored.

Still, when I pray to Him to help me live with my loss, I believe He answers. Lip reading skills and two hearing aids enable me to hold a job and get along just fine in the world. What’s more important, through my dependence on the power of Christ, I find I am able to hear Him a whole lot better. And that, I have found, is the greatest gift of all.

Dear Lord Jesus, help me each day to accept my infirmities and lean on You.

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