October 15, 2013
Healing For the Sick
When you are sick, no matter what illness plagues you, there are different ways you can go about getting well. You can certainly go to the doctor, and should if you have a fever or any other serious symptoms. If you don’t feel it is serious and think it is just a cold or the flu and you have no fever or only low grade fever of 100.00 or less, then there are people who self-medicate or rough it out and do nothing. While all of these ways work most of the time, there is something you can do that will never fail. What way is this? Call on Jesus, our Healer.
There are certainly times you will need medical attention, but before going to the doctor, for believers, scripture tells us prayer is the answer. The apostle James tells us in James 5:14-15, “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” Now you may be thinking, “What if I attend a church that does not have elders or where the elders do not make house calls?” Well if that is the case, pray for the person who is sick at church when prayer requests are being made. If it is you who is sick and need prayer and you are too ill to go to church, try to get in touch with a Sister or Brother from church who can pray for you if you are able to speak. If it is not possible to talk at all, then silently pray (in your mind) in the name of Jesus for healing. When you pray in faith, just like the many who went to Jesus or were brought to Jesus when he was here on earth, the Lord will see your faith and heal you. In Matthew 9:12-3, some friends brought to Jesus a paralyzed man on a mat. Look how Jesus responded: “Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” Still in chapter 9 of Matthew, verses 20-22 another miracle is performed by a woman who had strong enough faith to reach out and touch Jesus’ robe to be healed. Matthew 9:20-22 says, “Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.” Jesus can only heal you if you believe without a doubt that he can. Remember that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11. It begins in verse 1 and ends at verse 44, but for the sake of space only verses 43 and 44 will be quoted. Feel free to read the whole true story about how Lazarus was sick and Jesus told his disciples that it was happening for the glory of God and then read all the way to the end where Jesus tells the others to roll away the rock and commands Lazarus to come out in verse 43 and he comes out in verse 44. – John 11:43-44: “Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” Notice it said “the dead man came out,” as in Lazarus was dead, but Jesus brought him back to life. That same power that brought Lazarus back to life and healed so many people with various different diseases, healed those with leprosy, and healed the demon-possessed still has that same mighty power to day and still has the same compassion to heal those who ask in faith and believe wholeheartedly without a doubt that it can be done.
In Psalm 30:2, King David said, “O Lord my God, I cried to you for help and you restored my health.” If you go forward a little bit to Jeremiah 30:17, God promised “I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord.” Aside from lack of faith, the only other thing that will prevent you from being healed is unconfessed sin. For an example of this, look to Psalm 38:3. King David had sinned against God and tried to hide it from him and said the following in Psalm 38:3: “Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of sins.” Go back to Psalm 32 and you will see the answer to unconfessed sin, which is to confess your sins. If you confess your sins, you will be forgiven. Psalm 32:5 says, “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” Next time you are feeling ill or need any form of healing, you can use Jeremiah’s prayer from Jeremiah 17:14 which says, “Heal me Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” You can make it a bit more personalized of course, but if you feel weak and need a short prayer, you can use Jeremiah’s prayer. Jeremiah had great faith in God when he prayed that prayer to be healed. But if you have faith as small as a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20-21), Jesus can work with that.
After you are done praying, if you are not healed right away, listen to God’s guidance and allow him to lead you to the right doctor so that you won’t be wasting your time and money without any results like that woman in Mark 5 (also in Matthew 9, the woman who touched Jesus’ robe but Mark 5 goes into more detail of her condition), where the woman who touched Jesus’ robe to be healed had been suffering bleeding for 12 years and had suffered a lot from them, spending lots of money and instead of getting better, her condition got worse. But then when she heard about Jesus, she went to him and touched the fringe of his robe with the faith that by touching it, she would be healed. Her faith in Jesus is what healed her. So before going to the doctor, depending on the symptoms you have (if it is not a cold or the flu, but something more serious), you may not want to go to any doctor. God can direct you to the right doctor who can cure or heal you completely. When the healing power of Jesus teams up with the doctor treating you, then your sickness better watch out because healing will knock all sickness right out! When God is involved, you may find that you are healed of your illness sooner than if you had left God out of the solution and told him you could handle it on your own. If that is not the case, know that God has a plan for your sickness and that when you are healed, you will be repaid for your trouble (of being sick for longer than you should have been). God will not let his children suffer without using the suffering for their good in some way. God promises in Romans 8:28 (through the Apostle Paul), “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” This “everything” includes sickness that lingers longer than it is supposed to. God is promising you that if he brought you to it, he has a good plan for it, and that he will bring you through it better off than you were before.
If you are thinking, “Well what if it is just a cold, sinus infection, or the flu or some other untreatable virus or infection?” If that is the case, pray to God for healing and remember to load up on Vitamin C (but don’t overdo it), chicken noodle soup, and hot caffeine-free tea – preferably with eucalyptus and Echinacea in it to help with your breathing, and add some lemon and honey to it. Team all of that up with plenty of rest. For the vitamin C, you can either drink Orange Juice (or apple juice or grape juice that has a good amount of vitamin C and is low on sugar or sugar-free), or drink Emergen-C (powder you mix into a bottle of water thoroughly and drink it). If you have a hard time swallowing but are able to chew on gummies, then you can try a gummy version of vitamin C. Whatever you decide to do, whether it be to rough it out, to use home remedies or self-medicate yourself, or to go see a doctor, always begin with prayer to our Lord the Healer first. That way you can either be blessed with instant healing, or directed by God to the best form of healing for you and whatever is ailing you.
I’d like to end this blog with a prayer for anyone who is not feeling well or needs any form of healing be it physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional (or any combination). I will do two different prayers: 1 for you and 1 for someone else if it is someone else who needs healing.
“Dear God, I pray in Jesus’ name that you lay your healing hands on me and my whole body (including my heart), soul, mind, and spirit of all sickness, pain, and disease. I know that the same power you used to raise Jesus from the dead can heal me of all sickness and I thank you that you heard my prayer and are healing me. Amen.”
If you are praying for someone else: “Dear God, I pray in Jesus’ name that you lay your healing hands on (Insert person’s name here) and heal them completely of all sickness, pain, and disease. I want to thank you that you heard my prayer and are already healing them with the same mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead. Thank you that you are healing (insert name here) right now, as I finish this prayer. Amen.”
Now if you or the person are praying for need a more specific prayer, then you can add to the prayer exactly what you need healing from or what the person you are praying for needs healing from and that way, the more specific you are, the better will be the results of your prayer. When you are unable to be more specific, have faith that the simple prayers above will work when you have faith that God will hear your prayer and immediately go to work to heal you or whoever you are praying for who needs the healing.