"WHO HIMSELF BORE OUR SINS IN HIS OWN BODY ON THE TREE, THAT WE, HAVING DIED TO SINS, MIGHT LIVE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS— BY WHOSE STRIPES YOU WERE HEALED." 1 PETER 2:24, NKJV
Is there a need for healing in your life or the life of a loved one? In the book of James, we find an amazing scripture, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up...” (James 5:14-15, NKJV). That means if you or someone you know has a critical or lingering health problem, praying in faith can make a difference. But let’s say you don’t feel like you have the faith to believe right now. You want to believe God can heal but you’re struggling. You can’t seem to find the right words to pray that you want to. One of the names God chooses to be called by is “Jehovah Rapha,” which means “The Lord who heals you.” (See Exodus 15:26.) If God calls Himself the Healer, then you have the right to believe what He says and expect that, given an opportunity, He will perform His role. The Psalmist said, “Your promises are backed by all the honour of your name” (Psalm 138:2, NLT). Has God changed since those words were written? I can assure you He hasn’t. Again, in Malachi we read, “I am the LORD All-Powerful, and I never change” (Malachi 3:6, CEV). Who He was, He still is. What He did, He still does. What He said will still come to pass. So, when you or a loved one is sick, do these two things: 1. Pray, in faith, believing. Jesus spelled it out clearly: “All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you” (Mark 11:24, NASB). 2. Look for faith-filled people who will pray and agree in faith with you. “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you” (Matthew 18:19, NLT).
What is God speaking to you today?