Prayer, chronic illness & healing (Part 1)

Praying for your chronically ill friend – the pros and cons.

Prayer. Healing. Chronic Illness.

These are tricky topics, and ones I’ve struggled with quite a bit. In these two posts you will find my thoughts… and why prayer has often seemed like a simple ‘wish’ when really it’s more like a magic wand.

Prayer, chronic illness & healing

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Sickness and Jesus’ response

We can talk on and on about how we ought to respond to our chronically sick Loved Ones. We can outline what the Right Thing to do is, or make lists of What Not To Do. But in the end, if we claim Jesus as our Saviour and role model, the only thing that really matters is how He responded.

Like father, like son.

Like Saviour, like saved.

Being a Christian is copying Jesus.

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Can Jesus really sympathise?

“Jesus knows what you’re going through.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus as a High Priest can sympathise with all of our sufferings. That He knows what it is to be human.

I have often rebelled against that. Was Mary sick with an incurable disease? Was Joseph? Did one of Jesus’ brothers or sisters suffer from epilepsy or depression or MS? If not, then how can He possibly know what it’s like to be a Watcher? How can He possibly sympathise with me?



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4 reasons admitting we are sad is not that easy

Sadness… it seems so simple, so appropriate – but is it really?

Updated October 2017

It seems a bit silly to even have to say this, but when a Loved One is diagnosed with a chronic illness, it can make us feel sad.

It sounds ridiculous. Of course when someone is sick it is going to make us sad. But I genuinely believe it’s not that simple. At least it wasn’t for me. I actually found it quite difficult to respond to:

‘How are you?’

With, ‘Sad.’

It didn’t seem like an appropriate answer somehow. Here’s why.

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Why praying for healing is tricky (dealing with ‘troublesome’ Bible passages)

I used to hate passages like these with a hot, furious passion..

Updated December 2017

As I’ve wrestled with the concept of prayer and the reality of chronic illness in my life, I’ve discovered a Big Tricky Question.

I can’t ignore it any longer.

I’ve written about prayer in Why we need to make up our minds about prayer and Why we should pray for healing from chronic illness.

But the Big Tricky Question keeps niggling at me. It’s this:

Not everyone who prays is healed. So what do we do (as Christians and/or as Watchers) with the parts of the Bible that promise immediate healing?

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Why we should pray for healing in chronic illness (& 3 reasons it is so hard)

Prayer is like waving a magic wand… but we are not the ones holding it.

The last post discussed why we need to make up our minds about prayer, even if it seems silly or childish. I said that for me, prayer is often feels like making a wish on a ‘wish chip’ or over a birthday cake. Today, I want to suggest that perhaps prayer is also like waving a magic wand…

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Prayer + Chronic Illness = ? (Or, why we need to make up our minds about prayer)

For many of us prayer is like wishing on birthday candles. We may as well give it a go..

This is the first in a series of posts about prayer. Below are what I believe are the “pros” of prayer, the “cons” of prayer, and the reason we need to discuss it!

Why we feel we need prayer

When I was little I used to search the chip packet for wish chips. Chips in general were rare, and those double folded chips were even rarer. When you ate them you were meant to make a wish. Like wish bones in chickens and blowing out birthday candles.

Every time I crunched a wish chip, I wished for the same thing.

I wished for my mum to be healed.

Now even if you had asked, I would have said I didn’t really believe in wishes… but I felt I had to try. Just in case.

A lot of us think the same thing about praying for healing.

We have to try. Just in case.

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