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Q:

We prayed and prayed for my mother's cancer to be healed, and we really believed God was going to do it (as did she, for she had a strong faith). But He didn't, and we're devastated. Was it because we didn't have enough faith?


A:

Don’t blame yourself for what happened; your mother didn’t suffer and die because you didn’t have enough faith. Instead, God graciously took her to her heavenly home — and that should give you great joy, in spite of your grief.

God certainly wants us to pray when loved ones face a health crisis — and we should pray in faith, believing that God is able to bring healing. And He is, because He is all-powerful, and He is able to act in ways that are far beyond our understanding. (Remember, too, that He can use medicines and doctors and nurses to bring healing; after all, He gave them their abilities.)

But the Bible also tells us that we live in a fallen, sin-ravaged world — and eventually we all will die. When we know Christ, however, we need not fear death, for ahead of us is heaven because of what Jesus Christ did for us. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Is your hope in Him?

Although it may be hard for you to accept, in reality your prayers were answered and your mother was healed, for she is now in heaven. Her cancer is gone, and so is every suffering she endured on earth. Take time to thank God for what your mother meant to you, but thank God too that she is now in heaven, and that one day you’ll see her again.

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  1. Jessicapayne says:

    I love the way you worded your text. I had a close friend that died from cancer and now a friend’s mother who has cancer and now she’s angry with God. What can I say to her to let her know that God is healing her mom?

  2. Pilipo says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Please understand that God can’t heal everybody. If He did, then no one would die. I also learned that when you lose a loved one, God is giving them one of the greatest gifts and that’s eternal life. When we pray to ask Him for healing, His mighty hand won’t literally come from the sky and heal, He will do it miraculously. He wants us to fight for our lives, like Jesus fought for His life and our lives on the cross, but we also have to accept His will and trust that He has a heavenly home waiting for us and we will see each other again. So please don’t be mad at Him for not healing a loved one. Instead, be happy that your loved one is blessed with eternal life.

  3. Cocoa says:

    My mother died with cancer as well…. Her faith was so strong that God would heal her that we had the faith too. I feel like the bible says one thing but no matter how hard you pray God does as he feels. Its one thing to not believe in God… Its another to want to believe in God but after losing my mother who was a very God fearing woman its hard…. Doctors dont even save people…. So whatever. Ive seen chemo kill people faster. I just don’t understand anymore.

  4. Danny Lofaro says:

    I sadly lost my way a long time ago and as I’m watching my mother suffer from terminal cancer I asked the question why God? This was the answer I sought thank you