In all generations the people of God who knew the Word of God have prayed God’s Word back to the Lord of Glory. When this practice has been done, God has done some marvelous things in their lives. There is a renewed emphasis today in the Church concerning spiritual healing.
The Psalmist David knew the relationship between God’s Word and the healing process that He offers to all believers. In Psalm 1, he wrote, “Blessed is the man . . . [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His Law he meditates day and night (1:1-2). Then in Psalm 119:165, he has this to say, “Great peace have they which love [or delight in] Your law: and nothing shall offend them.” One whose heart is seeking after God will delight in God’s Word and the worship of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, in the midst of adversity. He or she will be like a tree whose roots search deep to where the Spirit provides strength and nourishment. He/she will draw from the Well of Living Water that shall never runs dry. And that Well is Jesus Christ.
The root of the word healing in New Testament Greek, sozo, is the same as that of salvation and wholeness.
Spiritual healing is God’s work of offering persons balance, harmony, and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Through such healing, God is at work to bring about reconciliation between God and humanity and the rest of creation. The New Testament records that Jesus Himself healed the estranged and sick and sent out His disciples on ministries of healing. James, a brother of Jesus and the leader of the Jerusalem Church, calls us also to pray for and anoint the sick, that they may be healed.
It must be understood that all healing is of God. The Church’s healing ministry in no way detracts from the gifts God gives through medicine and psychotherapy. It is no substitute for either medicine or the proper care of one’s health. Rather, it adds to our total resources for wholeness.
My interest in praying for the sick is a dominant part of my life and ministry to others. I believe in the supernatural power of God, that He searches the entire universe seeking to show Himself strong on behalf of those who truly seek Him, and whose hearts are humble and upright toward Him.
Scriptures for Healing:
Now, let me share with you some healing Scriptures that you may want to consider praying back to God for your healing. Read them over and over again, meditate upon them, think the thoughts, and allow the Holy Spirit to quicken them to your spirit, and save them in the hard drive of your life, and in the backup floppy disks that you plug in daily.
First, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24,
“May God Himself, the God Who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One Who called you is completely dependable. If He said it. He will do it! (The Message, Eugene H. Peterson).
Second, 3 John 2,
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”
Third, Jeremiah 30:17a,
“For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds, says the Lord.”
Fourth, Isaiah 57:18, 19,
“I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, says the Lord; and I will heal him.”
Fifth, Psalm 103:1-3,
“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 iniquities; who heals all your diseases.”
Sixth, Read and Meditate on 1 Chronicles 16
• Give thanks unto the Lord
• Call upon His name
• Make known His deeds among the people
• Seek the Lord and His strength
• Seek His face continually
• Be mindful always of His covenant
• The Word which He commanded to a thousand generations
• Touch not My anointed, and do My prophets no harm
• For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
• Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name
• Bring an offering, and come before Him
• Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
• O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.
Seventh, 2 Chronicles 16:9
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.”
Tue, February 4, 2014
by Hugh Morgan