Monday, July 09, 2012

Healing and Prayer

If we are going to pray to God before and/or when we go to heal someone, I believe this is how we ought to do it:

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me." John 11:41-42

This may well be what Paul did and said in the below instance as well:

In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary. Acts 28:7-10

I believe the prayer is to reveal to the hearers where the healing is coming from, and giving Him thanks for what has already been provided and is to be.

Additionally, we need NOT to beg God for healing us or someone else when He has said that that is who He is in one of His very own redemptive names 'Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals you' Exodus 15:26. We do not need to beg for healing when He repeatedly says that He will do so even in the old testament and covenant (Exodus 15:26, Psalm 103:3, Psalm 107:20, Jeremiah 30:17). The fact is, for us today, Jesus already paid for all the pains, sicknesses, and diseases which may come on us, just as much as He has our salvation, in what is referred to as the atonement, first prophesied some 700 years before the Word, Jesus the Christ, was made manifest:

He is despised, and left of men, A man of pains, and acquainted with sickness, And as one hiding the face from us, He is despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains -- he hath carried them, And we -- we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
And he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace [is] on him, And by his bruise there is healing to us.
All of us like sheep have wandered, Each to his own way we have turned, And Jehovah hath caused to meet on him, The punishment of us all. Isaiah 53:3-6 (YLT) Isaiah 53 (YLT)

...And then fulfilled during His first coming as testified by Matthew and Peter in the new testament and covenant:

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BORE OUR SICKNESSES." Matthew 8:16-17

...who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

We need but only believe and receive, thanking Him for already doing so as His word declares.

We may have the sense knowledge of the pain or infirmity within our bodies at the time, but we do not walk by the senses, we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We need only enforce the healing already provide for by declaring, commanding and appropriating that which has already been paid for by our wonderful Savior, Healer and Lord, some 2000 years ago.

Speak to that pain, sickness or disease and command it to be cast into the sea! Matthew 21:21-22, Mark 11:23-24. Thank Him and praise Him for the manifestation of the healing that He has already made good in His word and now soon to be in your body and soul! And keep doing it!

"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19


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