Praying for Healing from Chronic Disease

17 Aug

drunk-and-smoking-babyA group of Christians are sitting around smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey.

“We really need to pray for Greg. He has Stage 4 lung cancer.”

“Yes. And don’t forget Amy. Her liver is almost gone.”

“Thank you,” says Greg as he lights up another.

“Yes, your prayers mean so much. Jesus still heals!” adds Amy as she opens up another bottle of Jim Beam.

This sounds silly of course, but it’s more relevant than you might think. Most of us have no idea what the food we eat is doing to us. Most of the diseases, and almost all of the chronic illnesses for which we pray, are caused by the rich American diet — cancer, diabetes (including Type 1 — did you consume cow dairy growing up?), arthritis, leukemia, osteoporosis, kidney stones, gall stones, tonsillitis, ear infections, appendicitis, coronary disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s — the list goes on and on — all of these are caused, the majority of the time, by the food we eat.

Does God heal self-inflicted disease? Yes, He often does. Especially when the people who are sick don’t know it’s the food they’re eating that’s killing them. But should we presume that if we choose to turn a blind eye to the truth about the food we eat, God will continue to heal the results? He might. But that just might be a foolish thing to assume.

Let’s take responsibility, just like we would give up drunkenness or cigarettes, and return to the simple, life-giving foods we were originally designed to eat. Leave the feasting on the rich foods from the kings’ tables for a rare celebration, or just leave them be like you’d forego an occasional drinking binge, and fill up on something good instead.

What should we eat?

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