These past couple of weeks, my entire family has been ill. Colds. Flu’s. You name it. We had it. Every night, my daughters and I would pray for healing. And sure enough, the day came when we all felt “normal” again. My oldest came running out of her room in the morning shouting, “Mommy! God healed my cold!”
Now while it’s true that God designed our bodies to fight off illness and in essence “heal themselves” from things like colds and flu’s, sometimes we must pray and believe for healing when our bodies don’t know how to fight… or can’t fight. I think it’s safe to say that we all have personally experienced the effects of disease either in our own lives or in the life of a loved one.
And trust me when I say, I know from experience that it’s hard.
It’s hard when you don’t know how to cope. It’s hard when you’re exhausted from trying to figure out what’s wrong in your body. And it’s hard to cope with the day to day not knowing when and how your illness will end.
But there is also something else I know…
God is in the business of healing – spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been healed by His wounds. – 1 Peter 2:24 (HCSB)
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:14-16 (NIV)
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. – Psalm 103:2-4 (NIV)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28 (ESV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10 (ESV)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. – Psalm 119:50 (ESV)