We all need healing. When Jesus was walking around Israel 2000 years ago, people doubted his ability to “save” but nobody doubted his ability to heal. Today, ironically, Christians trust completely his ability to Save them from sin and Hell but we often doubt his ability to heal us. The Bible teaches that He is “…the same yesterday, today and forever,” so if He healed before, He can heal today. Below I’ve put one of the Bible’s most familiar stories of healing along with some practical steps we can apply to our own lives.
“A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.” Mark 5:24-29
An Encounter with Jesus brings Freedom and Healing.
“He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34
I believe that most of us want to experience a supernatural encounter with Jesus. We want healing (physical, financial, emotional and spiritual) in our own lives, but we don’t always know how to receive these gifts that Jesus is freely offering to us. Below is a simple outline to follow. Remember, Jesus is not a genie in a bottle or a vending machine who exists to give you what you think you want. He is your loving Savior whose plans for your life are much better than your own plans. The healing He brings might not always look exactly like you think it should, but in the scope of eternity, it will prove to be exactly what you need for your good and God’s Glory.
1. Believe in God’s Power.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
2. Pray with Faith.
“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.” James 5:15
3. Trust God no matter what.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6