Thorn in the Flesh
Another argument against healing is what's known as Paul's thorn in the flesh. The apostle Paul mentions this in his second letter to the Corinthians (2:7-10). Many people have interpreted the thorn in the flesh to be some physical illness, and argue, therefore, that if Paul was not healed of his thorn in the flesh then healing is not for all Christians.
Paul says the thorn in the flesh was given to him - God does not give us sickness because God is all good. Paul says the thorn in the flesh is a messenger from Satan - obviously not from God and Paul recognized that it was not from God. Paul then goes on to testify that he prayed, asking God to take it away, but God said "no."
There is really no indication that this is a physical illness. More likely it was a person or persons who followed him around accusing him of apostasy to the Jewish faith and leading people astray. This is similar to what Paul was doing when he was called by God. God does not remove this person(s) who constantly reminds Paul of his former life. So it is another instance of Paul suffering on behalf of the Gospel - an irritating thorn in his side rather than the 40 lashes or stoning or shipwreck that he suffered at other times.
Let us pray. Jesus, you suffered much more than we will ever have to suffer. Give us discernment and the ability to hear your voice as Paul did. Help us to know how to pray for healing and deliverance from suffering.
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I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.