Divine Healing

When we pray for healing of any type, it is vital that we begin and continue in a posture of trust in the goodness of God. Divine healing is a gift that is mysterious to us. We ask for healing and rest our trust in our good Father.

Monday – Matthew 6.9-13. When approaching the conversation surrounding divine healing, it’s important that we first discuss the nature of prayer. Today’s scripture is a widely-quoted and often-spoken prayer because it is the way that Jesus teaches us to pray. Jesus prays, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done.” When we offer a prayer of faith for the sick to be healed, we are praying for the will of God to be done. This necessitates that we trust God with doing what only God can do in healing people, whether it be physical or spiritual healing.

Tuesday – James 5.13-16. This passage in James is incredibly clear cut (as James usually is). There is an exhortation, an urging, of the believers to act faithfully in all things. What’s most astounding is that when we gather together to pray for the sick, if any sin has been committed, it will be forgiven! God is able to heal physically as we see Jesus and the apostles do (and even medical science), but He is also a God who heals hearts to the wholeness for which they are intended.

Wednesday – Psalm 103. God has been in the business of healing for quite some time. In this Psalm, we read of the faithfulness of God through generations. The kingdom of God has, is, and always will be characterized by healing. We are able to bless the Lord along with the Psalmist because whether or not physical healing occurs, we know that those who believe and confess Jesus as Lord are in the constant presence of the One who heals.

Thursday – Luke 5.12-16. The next three days we will be in chapter five of the Gospel of Luke. In this first passage, Jesus encounters a leper on the outskirts of town. Even though all of the cultural norms would lead Jesus to keep distance from this man, Jesus does the very opposite. Rather than the leprosy being contagious, the holiness of God in Jesus becomes contagious. Jesus heals the man’s leprosy, but He restores the man’s place in community – he is now able to live in relationship with others. As you are reading this right now, God desires to restore all of you.

Friday – Luke 5.17-26. In yesterday’s passage, the faithfulness of Jesus to heal is magnified. In this passage, we see clearly the faithfulness of friends. Their persistence to bring their paralyzed friend to the feet of Jesus has two results: the forgiveness of sins and physical healing. Jesus holistically heals all of us, not just one part.

Saturday – Luke 5.27-32. Jesus heals a leper and a paralyzed man in the last two passages, but there isn’t a physical healing that occurs in today’s passage. What we see here is Jesus calling Levi to follow him. True discipleship to Jesus means that we change what we do. Levi moves from the life of a greedy tax collector to living generously in relationship with Jesus. Today, Jesus is calling you into deeper relationship with Him, which means change within us. What might need change within you so that you can be a faithful disciple of Jesus?