Focusing on the symptoms, and not the disease?

Imagine if you went to the doctor with a serious illness. You described the symptoms to him, and he told you that you had a serious disease. In our imaginary situation, you have cancer. The doctor explained that the cancer would severely weaken you, so, he prescribed that you should drink a lot of coffee, take a few energy drinks, and stay positive. Now, you would obviously get a different doctor. It’s not that hard to understand. We understand that that we can’t fix a problem by addressing the negative results of the problem. In order to fix the problem, we must do just that.

You may have thought that the previous illustration was a ridiculous one, but i would invite you to truly think about the idea in a spiritual context. Think about the world. When we pray for the world, we often try to fix the symptoms but not the problems. We think, "We need world peace." Or "We need to fix our governments!" Or, "We need to . . ." Consider this, if the people of the world turned to the great physician, would not their social ills be cured? Are not their "problems" only a result of their lack of a savior? Let’s say you taught people to live in peacefully, would they really be cured? Don’t they still need God? Let’s say their government was freed from corruption, would that truly fix society?

I challenge you to rethink your prayer life and rethink your view of the world in general. There is one disease. There is one cure. The disease is sin. The cure is Christ.

It’s easy to get distracted by all the problems of our society. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by every issue that needs to be addressed. My friends, just like a renewed focus on Christ fixes all that is wrong in your life, that same focus when brought to this dying world, will cure them and rid them of a multitude of errors.

I challenge you, pray for your nation. Pray for the world. Pray that God will send laborers and that God will renew His church. Never forget, this world doesn’t need custom cures for each and every problem. They need Christ. Introduce them to the Great Physician, and watch Him do what only He can.

"Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases" – Psalm 103:3


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