Are you fighting your battles the right way? Is there someone you’re praying for, that you want them to be well just because it feels better? (Admit it now… ;) )
Again, I’ve had cause to “hearken back” to that Perspectives course, when it was suggested that people can never keep up missions work just out of love for people. Because we’re imperfect, and that would not continuously hold up (besides being exhausting, really). Our goal instead, should be for the glory of God. When God is highlighted, it’s to everyone’s benefit anyway.
So I suggest that if you pray for someone to get better so that God will be glorified, it will strengthen your faith as you pray, and we all know the power of faith (especially rightly placed faith)! If you happen to know the unique gifts and talents of the particular person you’re praying for, you’ll know even more that God’s plan will prevail in that person’s life: he will get better so that his gifting can be used to (again) bring glory to God!
This is what I got out of our sermon last Sunday, which was based on the story of David and Goliath. The connection: sickness is a battle. It was pointed out that it’s not just the little battles that God helps us with, but the big ones. And he doesn’t just help us, but fights FOR us! Actually, David did have a lot of smaller battles–various wild animals to protect his sheep from–that prepared him to have faith for the big one. Also, the fact that he’d spent time dwelling on God (see the Psalms that he wrote), prepared him for this battle with Goliath.
Another important “tidbit”: that battle is against the evil (Goliath) that is defying God. So like David, we should declare triumph!
“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you… For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory”. (Deuteronomy 20:1-4)