Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pray for Healing

As most of you know, our entire married life (almost 13 wonderful years!) has been riddled with countless doctor visits, tests, medications, surgeries, and medical questions without answers. Somedays it is very difficult to be optimistic when surgery did not give the relief hoped for, when natural medicines and doctors can't help, when the very nature of the sickness has no determined cause. It's even more difficult to allow people to see the daily struggle that life is when health is an issue.

But isn't it wonderful to know a Savior who can heal? We are learning to embrace God as we surrender our own will and our own futures. Will He heal? We hope so! We don't quite know how to answer that. We know He may not heal.

But there are questions we can and should be able to answer:

Will we continue to serve and love Him if He doesn't? Will we give up on our faith and prayer life if He doesn't? Will we turn our back on God if he doesn't? Because in reality, our life is anything but destitute. We have MUCH to rejoice over. We have healthy children. Warm and dry shelter. Loving family. Fierce friends. A God who sees. And hears. and Loves.

What are we to complain about? There is nothing on this earth that is worth throwing away our faithful standing with God over.

I am grateful for a husband who, despite his battle with UC and the complications that come with it, has fine-tuned his skills as a boxer and jujitsu fighter to become an effective teacher and fighter....who has competed in countless races, including Ironman 70.3, who drags his body out of bed in the early AM hours to go for a run. But even more importantly, I am grateful for the man who patiently explains God's love to our girls, the one who likes listening to Johnny Cash recite the bible on his ipod, the one who delights in making me sushi--even at 9pm--and the one I found leaning over the side of our baby's crib, hand on her head, praying for the precious little thing.

I am on my knees in prayer for my sweet husband. For my friend Suz. My sister-in-law, Tami. For my nephew Tristan. for all you others out there who constantly deal with health issues. I pray that you all would be able to grasp how wide and long and deep the love of Christ is, (Ephesians 18-19), and that your faith would increase as you present your requests to God.

I wanted to share this amazing site--the portion dedicated to healing. I will post one section a week. I invite you all to pray with me for Brian, for your own health issues, for a loved one's health. Prayer is effective and is worthy of our time and consideration.

Healing Verses of the Bible

As a result of the curse of Adam and Eve that is still in full operation on this earth - disease, sickness and illness are all still part of the big picture that we all have to put up with. Anyone of us at anytime can get sick. We all know the different things that can happen to our bodies that can cause them to breakdown, and in some cases, seriously disable us. Just about any part of the human body can get hit with some type of cancer, and in some of these cases, these cancers can be terminal.

However, as Christians, we have an all-powerful God who not only has the power to fully heal us from any specific ailment that may strike us, but that He actually does want to heal us many of the time if we properly approach Him in our prayers.

In this article, I will give you 93 of the best verses from the Bible pertaining to being able to get a divine healing from God the Father. As you will see in some of these specific verses, not only can God heal us, but many of the time He actually wants to heal us.

I will break these Scripture verses down under their specific captions below so you can fully grasp the revelation that God is trying to transmit to us on being able to receive a divine healing from Him.

1. Our God is a Merciful God

The first thing you have to really grasp is how good and merciful God and Jesus really are. Every time God decides to heal someone, He is showing incredible mercy, love, goodness and compassion towards that person. So the first thing you will need to grasp from Scripture are the specific verses that will show us how merciful, kind and compassionate God the Father really is.

You have to realize that God the Father has these attributes in His personality. If you don't believe that God the Father is a good, merciful, loving, kind and compassionate God - then you may not be able to receive a divine healing from Him because you won't have enough faith and belief in His ability to even want to heal you in the first place.

Many people are scared to death of God the Father. They know that He does have a judgment and wrath side to His personality and as a result, they have become too scared to approach Him to enter into any kind of close personal relationship with Him. Then when they do get sick and need a divine healing from Him, they are too scared to try and approach Him for their healing.

So the first thing each Christian must really grab a hold of if they really want to try and press in for a divine healing from the Lord is that God the Father really does have a very loving and tender side to His personality - and that many of the time He actually does want to heal us and help deliver us out of any adverse situations that we may have fallen into. And any kind of disease, illness or sickness is definitely an adverse situation.

Study these first set of verses very, very carefully. When you read one verse after another, you will really see how loving, kind, good, merciful and compassionate God the Father really is - and as such, that He does have a natural desire in His personality to want to help His children out if they need any kind of help or deliverance from Him.

  1. "... But You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness ..." (Nehemiah 9:17)
  2. "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy." (Psalm 103:8)
  3. "But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth." (Psalm 86:15)
  4. "Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness ..." (Joel 2:13)
  5. "The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works." (Psalm 145:8)
  6. "The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting ..." (Psalm 100:5)
  7. "For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him ... But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him." (Psalm 103:11,17)

Notice the words "mercy or merciful" are stated in every one of these Scripture verses. Every time God decides to heal someone - He is showing incredible mercy towards that person. These verses are all telling us that not only is God merciful - but that He is "abundant and great in mercy." In other words, He is full of mercy and goodness.

For those of you who are too afraid to approach God for any type of meaningful personal relationship - notice that several of these verses state that God the Father is "slow to anger."

These verses are telling us that God has a long fuse. God doesn't blow as easily and quickly as some of us humans do. It really does take quite a bit to cause Him to lose His temper. All of these verses are showing you that you have absolutely nothing to fear in approaching God to enter into a close, loving, personal relationship with Him.

God is your perfect loving Father and He has nothing but your best interests at heart. If you have been struck with any kind of illness or disease - don't be afraid to approach God for a divine healing. You may be pleasantly surprised with what He might just do for you.

Thank you so much for praying with me! We love you. God bless you today.


Jonie said...

Praying with you Jen. Love you.

Anonymous said...

Jen what a beautiful post. I just love your sweet family. We are praying for Brian.

Jan said...

Jen you have such a beautiful spirit. I love your honesty and appreciate your willingness to share. We are lifting Brian up. Love you dear friend.

Keri said...

Jen, Thanks for sharing this wise perspective....even in your challenges you bring such sweetness to my life! As I pray that rejoicing would be your first response to each day... well, it just aligns MY whole day.
We pray for Brian's healing and thank God for his everlasting mercies.


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