Shaun has been discipling me in praying for healing for people, and he does a good job of modeling, explaining, and then inviting me to try (in a gentle but persistent way). Recently, I have seen the documentary, "The Last Reformation" (2016) several times, and it has really inspired me with (a) how simple it is to pray for people who have pain or injury and also (b) how significant it is in people who experience the healing power of Jesus. In my reading this morning, I was impressed with the connection between Jesus's promise of power and His command to share the Gospel:
Mark 16 (NASB)
15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." 19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.
Acts 1 (NASB)8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
In our Sunday gathering, some of the people who are homeless come in for coffee and oatmeal. This past Sunday, I greeted several of the people sitting at the front table, and one lady winced when I shook her hand. So, I took a chance and asked her if I could pray for her hand. I simply commanded, "In the name of Jesus, all pain must leave." I asked her to check it, and she told me that the pain was gone. She was pleasantly surprised. Then I noticed that her hand was swollen, and she had limited motion of her fingers (i.e., she couldn't clench her fist). I asked her how far she could move close her fist, and she could barely bend her fingers at all. So, I asked her if I could pray again, and I commanded, "In the name of Jesus, motion be restored." I asked her to check it, and she could fully close her fist. She was even more surprised. She kept opening and closing her fist and telling the guy sitting next to her, "I couldn't close my fist this morning." I told her that Jesus loves her.
If I could go back in time and do it differently, I would have asked her if she had any other pain or injury that I could pray for. And then I would tell her that Jesus loves us, died on the cross for us, and was resurrected so that we can have abundant life with Him. And then I would ask her if she wants to receive healing in her soul like she received healing in her body.
I want to grow in these experiences - both in frequency and magnitude. I want to be like Jesus.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your great love for us. Lord Jesus, thank you for your example, your commands, and your promises. Holy Spirit, thank you for your presence and power. May I be attentive to what you are saying and doing today. I want to be used by you. I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus.