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f48e91f9256378b3effa81fd667c1d00I came across the above prayer while wasting spending a few minutes on Pinterst recently.

It struck me that this prayer is so different from the television and movie versions of praying for healing.

I have had the privilege of seeing healing in the lives of people … miraculous healing! I have even seen and participated in the equivalent of an exorcism. Never though, have I seen someone being hit in the forehead, like we sometimes see by the television ‘healers’, or people yelling at high pitched voiced “Jesus”, or the head-spinning of the movie Psycho. Instead, the healings that I have witnessed have come over time (God’s time), after quiet prayer, and always with an element of surprise … like a hoped for, but unexpected gift.

I have also witnessed countless people (myself included) who have prayed with the masses, and healing has not come … and loved ones still die, and finances do not improve, and disabilities are still disabling, and pain remains.

“”Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.””
Mark 10:52

The verse above has been a stumbling block for many, when it comes to healing. I have seen many people (myself included) wrapped up in “your faith has healed you” and wondered why they (we) do not have enough faith for the healing to occur. But Jesus did not always say this once someone was healed. As a matter of fact, Lazarus, raised from the dead, could not have prayed in faith for his healing … he was dead. When Jesus fed the five thousand, the people had no idea of the miracle that was going on, to provide lunch for them. And, most importantly, Jesus did not heal everyone who touched His robe, who came to see Him lakeside, who had faith.

In the New Testament, most verses pertaining to healing are referencing spiritual healing, healing from the original sin that we all bear since sin entered the human existence in the Garden of Eden. It is this healing that God sent His son to accomplish redemption (saving, healing) for all.

Oh, Jesus did heal, and even brought people back from the dead, but the healing He came to accomplish was healing of our minds, the healing of our hearts, the healing of our spirits. It is interesting that often Jesus told those who He healed to NOT tell anyone. Perhaps He was concerned that His message of physical healing would become more important to people than His message of spiritual healing? This is just my guess as He did not always tell people to not tell of their healing either.

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“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24

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