One cannot even do a casual reading of the gospels without noticing that healing was an integral part of Jesus’ life and ministry to others. It’s woven through the narratives of his life and becomes an inescapable reality for those of us who claim to be his followers because He passed that mantle of authority to us and told us to pray for those who need healing and deliverance.
There is little that compares to the glowing face of someone who has experienced the healing power of God in their lives. Just this past weekend we prayed for one of our Deacons’ wives who had discovered a lump which caused concern with her doctor. Our leadership prayed over her, she went in for further testing this week and I just got word this morning that the lump (verified by doctors, mind you) was gone! Erased. Eradicated. Healed.
For whatever reason in our culture we rejoice for a moment and go on with life. Could it be that our apathy and skepticism toward healing keep us from experiencing more of it? When Jesus healed a man who had been blind from birth in John 9, everyone was in awe except the religious leaders who were bent on getting rid of Jesus anyway. When they interrogated the healed man (no longer the blind man) as to who healed him and whether he know believed, his response is classic.
The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. (John 9:30 NIV)
I can almost sense his tone is a mixture of sarcasm and shock. The proof is right in front of you guys and you can’t figure this out. In reality we do the same type of thing on a different level. When we fail to take our mandate to pray for healing seriously or when we see a verified miracle and blow it off…. Now that is remarkable!”
For me, I can’t waste my time trying to figure out why some get healed and others don’t and then allow that endless theological question to stop me from praying for others. I won’t be guilted into believing that I don’t have enough faith, nor will I be baited into believing that God just randomly picks and chooses with no rhyme or reason. I’m just going to follow His command to pray for the sick and believe for their healing. I’ve seen it happen way too many times to buy into the lie that it doesn’t happen today. It does. And when it does….
Now That Is Truly Remarkable