Thy Kingdom Come
Today we're going to address one of the two passages of scripture used as proof that healing is part of the atonement or at least a guarantee of God for the Christian in this life: "The Lords Prayer" (Matthew 6:9-13 also Luke 11:1-13)
The Lord's prayer reads, "Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." This little phrase is considered proof for many that healing is a guarantee in this life. But why? Well, the reasoning goes something like this, "There's no sickness in heaven. And Jesus taught us to pray for His kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. Therefore, God wants people healed here on earth."
The heart of this argument is fantastic! After all Jesus Himself taught us to pray this very idea and make no mistake He didn't teach us to pray without expectation; that would contradict James 1:6-8. The problem is that Jesus didn't teach us to attach anything we want to this prayer. Let me give you two reasons why the Lord's prayer should not be applied this way:
1. There's a lot more to the Kingdom of God than healing. I'm sure we could go on for days imagining the glory of such a place. But think about this, in God's Kingdom there's also no sin or poverty. It therefore logically follows that we should pray for the eradication of these things. In the case of poverty, Jesus tells us that the poor will always be with us. Would God ask us to pray for His kingdom to come in this way but also tell us it'll never happen?
2. Jesus seems to give us the expressions of the Kingdom that we are to pray for in the next few lines. "Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.']
The Kingdom of God is one in which we are provided for, our debts are forgiven, and we are delivered from evil. This prayer is just not intended for any purpose. Does God say to pray for the sick? Yes! But to insert it here doesn't make sense.
In conclusion, we still haven't arrived at a text from scripture that guarantees God to heal in this life. We have however seen that God does heal. He sends us to heal. He heals us in this life. But as we're going to see moving forward, there are times when He doesn't heal. This lack of physical healing is where we have to be humble and patient with God. Laying down our man-made doctrines we must rightly divide the word of truth, wherever that leads us.
Next week we're going to explore Philippians 2:25-27, 1 Timothy 5:23, 2 Timothy 4:20, and many more ideas related to healing. Have a great weekend. I hope to see you Sunday morning as we worship God together!