Day Four

Today I am asking you to join me in praying for all of those who are sick and in need of healing.

In John 9 it tells us of a story about a man who was blind from birth.  The disciples ask Jesus who sinned to cause him to be born blind.  Jesus replied that this man nor his parents sinned “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” When Jesus comes to the man he spits on the ground to make mud with his saliva and he puts it on the man’s eyes.  He tells him to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.  And the man did as Jesus said and he was healed.

When the man returned home he was scolded by the Pharisees and they kicked him out of the synagogue!  Instead of celebrating his healing they were more upset that Jesus was “breaking the rules.”  When Jesus heard about this he found the man and he asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  The man replied, “Lord, I believe.”

“The healing Jesus offers us today in not merely physical and therefore temporary.  His miracles are far more penetrating, like His word, “dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  Today, as you pray for healing, for yourself or someone you love, listen to the question Jesus is asking, “Do you believe?”

(Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler)

Do you believe?  I do.  But I also feel like I have to share this…. I know that God is the ultimate healer and that there will be times when healing does not come on this side of heaven.  I’ve experienced that with my daddy as I know many that have gone through the same thing.  Sadly we live in a fallen world and sickness and death are a result of this.  So today as you pray, ask God to soften your heart.  Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  No matter what, God is still good.  He still sits on the throne and He has already won this battle.  His ways are good even when we can’t comprehend what is going on around us.  I didn’t want to be doom and gloom, but I just felt that I needed to share that.  I don’t know why but God wouldn’t let me publish this post without sharing it.

Dear Heavenly Father, you are Jehovah Rophe, God our healer.  And today I come to you to ask you to heal the sick.  Lord not only those that have COVID-19, but anyone who is sick.  Lord we believe in miracles and we believe that there is no sickness that you can not heal.  And in your name we ask you for healing in the bodies of those who need it right now.  We ask that whatever disease has taken up residence in their body, may it be gone in Jesus name. Jesus we also know that you have the final word.  We live in a fallen world where there is sickness and pain and at times healing doesn’t come on this side of heaven.  So for the ones that are experiencing this right now I pray for comfort and peace.  Lord I pray that you soften their hearts towards you and that they may hold on to your promises during this time.  Jesus in your name I pray that you will bless them and keep them.  That you will shine your face upon them and be gracious to them.  I pray that you will turn your face toward them and give them peace.  And that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus.  It’s in your name we pray, Amen.

Today I am reading Psalm 103 specifically verses 1-3.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.”

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