“I am the Lord, who heals you.” Ex 15:26 NIV In the Bible one of the names God chooses to be called by is “Jehovah Rapha,” which means “I am the Lord who heals.” Now, 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 competently. After all, His credibility depends on living up to His name. The Psalmist said, “Your promises are backed by all the honor of your name” (Ps 138:2 NLT). Has God changed? No; He says, “I am the Lord All-Powerful, and I never change” (Mal 3:6 CEV). And Jesus, who is God, is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8 NIV). What He was, He still is. What He did, He still does. So, when you or a loved one is sick, do these two things: (1) Pray, in faith believing. A “good faith” deal requires that both parties trust each other’s word. Their trust is a rational decision of their will, not their emotions. Faith is your will deciding that God will keep the promise He has made to you. It’s refusing to be ambivalent by saying, “If only I felt more positive.” No business could survive such ambiguity. Jesus spelled it out clearly: “All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you” (Mk 11:24 NAS). (2) Look for faith-partners who will pray with you. “Pray for each other so that you may be healed” (Jas 5:16 NLT). “If two of you agree…concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you” (Mt 18:19 NLT).
Published on Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 10:08 AM CDT