Experience God’s Healing
Isaiah 53:5,”But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Matthew 9:35, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”
1 Peter 2:24, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
It is odd that followers of Jesus are not quicker to pray for healing or pray for others to be healed. Nearly one-fifth of the Gospels report Jesus’ miracles, and Jesus commissioned His disciples to continue His basic ministry, including healing. It should be a natural thing for us to ask God to do the miraculous.
Faith constitutes the first step in praying for healing. This faith stands on solid evidence that healing is provided for us through the work of Jesus. We not only have the word of God, but we know Jesus still heals today based on stories we have heard or experienced ourselves.
We are also encouraged to boldly present our requests to God, not out of arrogance, but out of a relationship. In a healthy relationship there is no need for intimidation, just like children who ask parents for what they want without fear.
Finally, we often do not feel we are worthy enough to ask for healing. The good news is that God wants to use us whether we feel worthy or not. “No matter how weak you may feel as a Christian, no matter how lacking in the ability to create a beautiful prayer, it makes no difference. God hears the prayer of the little ones.” (Francis McNutt).
Although we cannot answer all the questions that come up when we speak of physical healing, we do know that God heals. He cares for us and is intimately involved with the details of our lives. We know that he has power over sickness and we can approach Him with confidence that He heals.
In what ways have you experienced healing?
In what ways are you in need of healing right now?
Who do you know that needs to experience God’s healing?
Spend time thanking God for his healing.
Spend time praying for others that need healing.
Based on what you read and learned, what decisions do you need to make?
Great resource on Healing: The Prayer that Heals, Praying for Healing in the Family, by Francis McNutt