Praying Through The Bumps of Chronic Illness

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

How often do you feel there is not much you can do now, since physical injury or illness has prevented you doing the things you once did? There is something all of us can still do. We can all pray.

Never underestimate the privilege it is to pray for others. To be trusted with someone else’s pain or struggle, even the desperation they might be feeling, when they reach out to you, is indeed a privilege.

Last year, during a period where I was fighting severe depression and even wishing that life didn’t have to go on, a friend confronted me about not telling her that things were that bad. We talked about whether I share enough with those who are close to me, to enable them to support me in prayer, or if I keep too much to myself and don’t give them that privilege, or a sense that there is something they can do to help me. She encouraged me to reach out and ask for prayer.

With a chronic illness, it’s sometimes hard to know what to ask for prayer for. If we believe that God has chosen not to heal our pain, or illness now, sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray for. Healing remains there as an unanswered prayer–even if we believe that God has answered it in a different way. But there are always other bumps along the way. This journey of chronic illness, has many bumps, and prayer is necessary to get us over the bumps.

Recently, I had one of those bumps. Things were tough and I knew I needed the prayers of others, especially when I found it hard to pray myself. I know it was God’s help and the support of people who prayed (including some of you), that got me through. I was shown understanding and empathy and given the encouragement to keep on fighting, for which I’m so thankful.

Prayer: Father, never let us lose sight of the power of prayer and how much difference it can make in the life of someone who is struggling. Help us to reach out when we need to and claim that power. Amen.

About The Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.

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What bump have you experienced lately? Do you feel like you had enough prayer though it? Why or why not?

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