The world is brimming with people praying for healing:
· Healing for a broken relationship.
· Healing for an inadequate income.
· Healing for an ailing body.
· And yes, healing for a hurting and frightened humanity.
My concern with this is that lurking beneath the surface of most prayers for healing are prayers for comfort.
It usually works something like this:
We have a comfortable existence (dysfunctional as it might be, mediocre as it might be, limited as it might be). Something jolts us from that comfortable existence. So, we pray to make the pain go away and to return us to a comfortable existence.
Lurking beneath the surface of most prayers for healing, are prayers for comfort. And the problem with this is that healing and comfort are radically different prayers: healing being a symbolic path usually leading toward something of a new way of being and comfort being a symbolic path usually leading toward something of an old way of being.
That broken relationship? While comfort may make the pain go away and return you to your dysfunction, deep healing may compel you through the discomforts of a break-up or divorce.