Healing is a powerful topic in the bible. If you search healing in the bible, you will come up with a lot of subjects: the miraculous healing of Bartimaeus (Matthew 20:30-34; Mark 10:46-52), the miraculous healing of a man of Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-25), the miraculous healing of a man born blind ( John 9:1-7), the healing of disease from God (Exodus 15:26;23:25; Deuteronomy 7:15; 2 Chronicles 16:12; Psalms 103:3;), the healing of the blind men Jesus healed, and ordered them not to proclaim their healing (Matthew 9:30,31), the healing of the daughter of Jairus (Matthew 9:18,23-25), the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29), the healing of the lame, the blind, the deaf, and the maimed, near the Lake Galilee (Matthew 15:30), the healing of Malchus’ ear (Luke 22:49-51), and many many more.
So when people doubt the ability of Jesus to heal, it is hard for me to understand. Last night as my 8 year old suffered with a high temperature and seizures, I thought to myself, “Why am I not praying for healing?” I am tending to her diligently and watching over her all night long, but why had I never thought to pray for God’s healing grace? So I offered it up to God.
God, please shower down your healing spirit unto this child. Lower her fever, let her rest peacefully, relieve her of these horrible seizures. Please Lord, take over this ailing child’s body and allow her to sleep tonight. And just as an added bonus – will you take away her seizures – FOREVER! I know that is a lot to ask, but please just take them away – throw them into the sea, a volcano, the eye of a hurricane – wherever – just don’t bring them back to this house ever again.
Alright, so that last part was a little over the top – but what is the harm in asking, right? Why do I always try to control the healing instead of looking to God for help? Katie has always been a hard one to watch get sick because I know in my heart that the chances of her seizing while sick are huge. Since, I have no idea what the seizures are doing to her brain or body, they just plain scare me. FEAR rules my world when Katie is sick. I can stay calm while watching her seize, but it still worries me. I still am concerned that there is so much that the doctors don’t know about seizures. I still have anxiety that these horrible seizures are damaging her brain and her body.
In Matthew 8:2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Maybe that is my problem. Maybe I am not quite ready to believe that the Lord can take away any of my or my family member’s ailments if I just ask. Maybe a part of me believes this is punishment for something I have done in my past. Maybe I think that by freeing Kate of the ailment it means the seizure itself will disappear. Maybe God means that I will no longer let the ailment control me. AH-HA! That just might be the key. Healing is so difficult to wrap my brain around because I think I am very “wise” to the science of illness. I choose to understand illness through the eyes of the people instead of through the eyes of God. I won’t ever be able to grasp healing through God’s eyes, because I allow the world to make my decisions (at least my medical decisions). Instead of trying to take control of the illness or trying to understand what I think healing means, maybe I should ask God for wisdom. Just once, I might have to let go of the “wisdom” or doctors and allow God to give me true wisdom. Who knows, it might be the same advice as the doctors, but I never give God the chance to guide me – I only let doctors guide me.
I am not the only one who doubts, take a look at what Jesus’ own friends and family thought about healing in Mark 6:1-4 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
We are only limiting ourselves from the miracle of healing by listening to the world instead of God. Even if we don’t understand what “healing” truly means, we should never doubt God’s power to perform a miracle. After all, there is not just one or two instances of it in the bible – there are hundreds. It doesn’t just exist in the New Testament, but in the Old Testament too. These miracles occur throughout hundreds of years, not just during Jesus’ life span. Healing may not look the way you think it should, but that doesn’t diminish the power of healing that God gives us. God can grant us healing in so many different ways. Keep your eyes open to how he chooses to “heal” you or a family member, it just might catch you by surprise.
Please feel free to list your love one (by name or anonymously) in the comment section below, so many of us can start praying for healing. During this time of Lent when we are all trying to reconnect our relationship with God, there could be no better time to pray for healing, than now!
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.