I am reading Christian Counseling by Gary Collins, and am struck by the way he describes how Christians, believe it or not, may need help when they’re ill. Why do we think we are all alone when we suffer from illness, or other stressors in our lives?
We may call upon the Lord, but I know from my own experience and from what people tell me, that they are often so weak, battled-down and de-energized that they cannot pray for themselves. They appreciate when others pray for them. I agree with this and have felt the same way. Sometimes it takes all our energy just to survive.
“The entire field of health psychology deals with the psychological implications of physical illness”. – Gary R. Collins, PhD., Christian Counseling
I think one of the most important things we can do for Christians who are suffering and in pain is to listen compassionately, and help them to strengthen their Christian walk with Jesus Christ. These are comforts that, when people are in pain, they cannot do alone. That’s why a Christian community where you can talk about your issues, receive prayer from others and receive encouragement can be of great help. I’ve started one here with a few ways to get in touch, including emailing me from the Prayer Requests page on this blog. I will also keep praying for anyone who “likes” this blog or comments.
The Lord is there willing to answer. He hears our prayers. He cares for us and loves us as His children.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. – 1 John 3:1-2
We are his people and family to one another. God says so.