Continuing the series on Kingdom skills–inner healing
There are some interesting verses in Proverbs 15. Verse 13 says, “A glad heart makes a
happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.” And verse 15 says, “For the despondent, every day brings
trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.”
The implication, especially from verse 15, is that people
have a choice as to the kind of heart that they have. They can choose to see the glass half full or half
empty. If their internal choice is
to have “an afflicted heart” as the older versions say, it doesn’t matter what
we pray about, nothing will change.
But if they choose “a merry heart,” then our prayers for them make a
I remember praying over a person with epilepsy over a period
of several months. Healing didn’t
happen for her because her epilepsy was something she could hide behind,
something that brought her attention.
However, when she changed her attitude, and following prayer by someone
else, she was completely healed.
She told us about the difference changing her attitude made.
Some people choose to be unhappy. It gives them significance and draws attention to them. That attitude has to change in someone if we want to see transformation in their lives.
Jesus asked the man at the pool of Bethesda, “Do you want to
be made whole?”