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I often get scared when I have to pray for the healing of my sick family and friends. I worry that if I say the wrong words or don't have enough faith or don't lay hands on my family or friends that God won't heal them from their sickness. A prayer for healing the sick should be a simple thing, but I can get so terrified that I’d rather not lay hands on anyone or open my mouth.
Lately, when this happens I have to stop and ask, “When did the burden of healing fall on the one who is praying, or the person who is sick, instead of on our big, gracious God?”
Something that has helped me overcome my fear of praying for healing is a story you might remember from Sunday School. It is a Bible story about the women who had been sick for years, a woman who risked everything to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. A woman to whom Jesus turned and said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
I often wonder if Jesus hadn’t stopped and sought out the women who touched his garment would she have been healed?
Would her faith have been enough to heal her?
Or was she only healed because Jesus turned and spoke life into her body?
If she had cried out to Jesus with a string of pretty words, would Jesus have made her well?
I can’t help thinking that maybe I’ve missed the point of this story over the years. Maybe this story is not about the woman having enough faith to reach out for Jesus, but about Jesus seeing and responding to her when she needed him. Have I made this story about the woman’s faith rather than about the compassion of Jesus to those who cry out to him when they are hurting?
About a year ago, I sat in an office where an oncologist told my husband after three battles with cancer that sometimes you just have to have faith.I sat there and thought about how the burden of healing sickness is never on the patient, how it is never even on a doctor, but how it is always, always, on God.
The burden of healing rests on the shoulders of my big, gracious God who turns when I touch the hem of his garment.
The burden of healing falls on my God who knows the plans he has for me even when my own hopes collapse around me.
The burden of healing lies in my God whose ways aren’t a faith formula, but a mystery.
The burden of healing doesn’t lie in saying just the right words or praying something that sounds beautiful. And I don’t know about you but that frees me up to pray a little more boldly for God to heal.
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I don’t know if you need healing from a sickness or if you know a family member or friend who does but if you’re searching for words you’re welcome to borrow some of mine. Let’s pray:
Lord Jesus, thank you that you love [name of person who needs healing]. I know that you hate what their illness is doing to them/me. I ask, in the name of Jesus, that you would heal this disease, that you would have compassion and bring healing from all sickness.
Your word says in Psalm 107:19-20 that when we call out to you the Eternal one you will give the order, heal and rescue us from certain death. In the Bible, I have read of miraculous healing and I believe that you still heal the same way today. I believe that there is no illness you cannot heal after all the bible tells of you raising people from the dead so I ask for your healing in this situation.
I also know from my experience of life on earth that not everyone is healed if that happens here than keep my heart soft towards you, help me to understand your plan and help me to be excited about heaven.
Lord Jesus, thank you that our hope for healing is in you. If there are doctors or treatments that you would want to use to heal this disease I pray that you would guide [name of person who needs healing] to them. I ask for wisdom and discernment about which treatments to pursue.
God, I thank you that [name of person who needs healing] belongs to you and that you are in control of everything that happens from our first breath to our last sigh.
May this prayer for sick guide your thoughts and communication with the Lord! Remember that the Holy Spirit interceeds for us when we do not know what to say. God knows your heart!
The Bible speaks often of miraculous healing through faith in God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Find both spiritual and physical healing in these Bible verses filled with God's promises of comfort and strength - Healing Bible Verses.
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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.
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