17 March 2024: Prayer for healing (part 3)

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17 March 2024


“I had a picture of a tortoise with its’ large shell for protection. A group of Roman soldiers would position their large shields, as large as doors, to form an enclosure around themselves called a testudo (“tortoise”). This was especially helpful to protect against arrows launched at them which can be likened to the shield of faith with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (Eph. 6:16). We must stand close together in unity to fight the enemy and see the Lord’s great blessings (Ps. 133:1-3).”




Prayer for Healing

So much of what we receive from the Lord comes initially as a result of our great need of that something, and that something is the exact opposite of that which the Lord wants to give us. The greatest example of this is our sin and His righteousness. Hopefully, at some point in our lives we become aware that we have sinned and fallen short of His glory. This can come with a real agony coupled with deep guilt. We become like those people in Acts who were cut to the heart by the message of God’s love through Jesus,

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you, and your children, and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Acts 2:36-39

So if the Lord is prepared to do all this for our spiritual healing, why not our physical healing also. We read

He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.

Isaiah 53:4

Matthew uses these verses to explain that Jesus was fulfilling these verses,

When Jesus came into Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on Him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.

Matt. 8:14-17

In the same way that we come to Jesus for forgiveness and salvation, we can come to Him for healing (read about the Blind Man in Luke 18:35-43 especially verses 38 and 39).

Quote of the week

Our awareness of lack is usually what He uses to summon us into a deeper experience with Him. From that deeper experience true power flows.”

Bill Johnson

Verse of the week

Which of you fathers, if your son asks for bread will give him a stone, or for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

Luke 11:11-13

Let’s Pray

Father God by the power of Your Holy Spirit, we pray that you would heal all of us who so want a healing touch from You, in Jesus Christ Name for Your glory and our blessing, Amen.