16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Did you notice that the passages found in Luke 12:16-23 and James 4:13-16 are really teaching the same thing? The basic message is, “Don’t fix your eyes and your thoughts and your heart on the things of this earth. Rather, look towards heavenly things.”
Unfortunately, I am grieved to say, that the, “Lord, please heal my mom IF it is your will,” type of prayer comes directly as a result of a misinterpretation of James 4:15, which says, “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” The point that the author is trying to make (and I hope it is clear for an accurate contextual comparison of the two passages quoted above) is that the person who says, boastfully, “I will do business and make lots of money for myself (etc.), is, by God’s definition, a fool. He is a fool, because he has left God “out of the picture” completely. This is evident in the Luke 12 passage. “But God said unto him, ‘Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” (Luke 12:20). The same is true of the James 4 passage, which says, “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” (James 4:15). Both of these “fools” (by Bible definition) have set their minds on earthly things, thinking that “they are in charge,” and that “they will do such and such,” and that “they will make so much money” (we have met many people like this). The man is indeed a fool who leaves God out of the picture and doesn’t wait for guidance from the Lord before trying to “do business.” His business, in fact, is carnal, of the flesh, with no intent, really, on serving God. (That is why he is a “fool.”) “Just wait till payday,” is the motto entrusted to him.” He had better learn to be much more wise than that, or, one day, he will be really sorry. On this note, the Bible says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33).
This, then, being the case (and I hope you all see that it is), how on earth did we ever come to pray such foolish prayers such as, “Lord, if it is your will, please heal my mother”? Have you ever prayed, “Lord, if it is your will, please save my mother”? No! Because you KNOW it IS God’s will to save your mother, and, you also know, based on 1 John 5, that if you DO pray in God’s will, then He hears you. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 John 5:14-15). Then know, too, that it is his will to heal her, of all her afflictions, and all her pains. PLEASE — FOR YOUR MOTHER’S SAKE AND FOR YOUR OWN SAKE — STOP PRAYING FAITHLESS PRAYERS THAT ARE BASED ON A WRONG INTERPRETATION OF JAMES 4:15 — which has nothing to do with God’s will to heal or not to heal, but has everything to do with our need to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:2).