Today I was reading in Exodus 18 v 26. God revealed himself to the people of Israel as “I am The Lord who heals you.”
I have always been interested in the subject of healing. When I was a child I suffered from Rheumatic Fever. Streptococcus infected my joints and heart. I was treated by a specialist doctor who found a murmur in my heart, a weakness left by the infection. I spent many weeks in bed with my condition when I was young.
Many questions went through my mind? Why was I sick? We lived in the country in N Ireland and seldom had to attend a doctor’s surgery. Non of my siblings were sick. I was oblivious to the seriousness of my condition. I desired to be healed. I wanted to get better and get back to school. It would have been easy for me or my parents to be fearful or panic, thinking I may never get better. I had to learn to be patient.
At church I would have heard stories about Jesus healing the sick. A seed was sown in my heart then. Could I be healed? Yes I did recover from the infection but was left with a weak heart. The infection did damage to a valve in my heart.
There are many different therapies and philosophies that claim to bring healing. Usually one has to pay someone for his treatment. Jesus heals us freely. There is a story in the scriptures about a woman who spent all her money.
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. (Mark 5:25-26 NIV)
When I was having my first child I was admitted to hospital to rest. There was concern for me because of the murmur in my heart, which could affect my strength in giving birth. Thank God I delivered a healthy baby girl and I had no complications. God must have healed my heart because I went on to have 13 more children, when the doctors recommended I should only have two.
Over the years I have studied the scriptures and have found that God desires for people to know that he will heal us. Sickness is a work of the Devil. The purpose Jesus came on earth was to destroy the works of the Devil. 1 John 3 v 8. I believe God heals today. I often pray for people to be healed. I do not hear the result of everyone I have prayed for. But when I do get feedback I am encouraged to continue. God has given me a gift to pray for the sick.
I believe, because Jesus told his disciples to lay hands on the sick and they will get well. Mark 16 v 18. I obey Jesus and lay hands on the sick. It is God who gives the power to heal and the outcome belongs to God. He gets the glory. My faith in God’s healing power has grown since he healed me from Cancer.
Jesus heals our broken hearts, whether they are damaged physically or emotionally. He gives us joy instead of saddness. I now seek opportunities to pray for the sick. To anyone today who is reading this article and needs healed I would like to pray for you.
Thank you God, Father in heaven I read in your word today that you are The Lord who heals. Thank you for sending your son Jesus on earth to heal all diseases. He died on the cross and suffered and by his stripes we are healed. Thank you for healing me from fourth stage cancer. I pray in Jesus name for ( mention your name) that your power will touch him today to heal him of his disease. Thank you Father God for hearing my prayer today.