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Yes – Jesus still heals!

Do you believe that Jesus still heals people?  I certainly do – because He healed me!

I had hurt my neck and shoulder from doing some yard work and was in some kind of pain.  I could not get comfortable to sleep at night and it hurt me during the day to the point of affecting my work.

The week after we happened to be in revival services at church and I was in our prayer room with a few good men.  After we prayed for the revival and for others, I asked if they would pray for my neck and shoulder.  They agreed and anointed me with oil and prayed for my healing from the great physician.

I went to bed that night already feeling better and prayed as I went to sleep that the Lord would continue to make my shoulder better.  He told me that He would heal me, and that I needed to do three things:

  1. do pushups in the morning
  2. thank the men who prayed for me giving credit to Jesus
  3. write this article

So here I am- thank you for reading.  And I do want give Jesus all the praise for healing – even if it didn’t happen to me.

About 5 months ago I was doing yard work of a different sort and I hurt my elbow.  It limited some movements that I do such as even picking up a coffee cup.  So I finally went to the orthopedic doctor and he gave me some meds and said that I had tennis elbow and it would eventually go away.  Actually the elbow was still hurting some when my neck and shoulder became aggravated.

So when I hurt my neck and shoulder I just knew I would be in for another body part that would be drawn out with ache and pain.  I just could not go through this kind of pain for very long I felt

You can imagine my excitement when just a few days after hurting my neck and shoulder it was actually feeling better from His healing.  I was for some reason surprised.

Then I got to thinking about why God chose to heal me.  Why did He give me three specific things to do in response.   And how did Jesus heal while He was in body form here on earth.

I believe that Jesus does heal.  Even today.  The examples we learn in the Bible show us that He heals and it is over, and sometimes He heals and expects the person to do something to accept the healing.

In Luke 22:51 we see that Peter cut off the ear of a soldier who had come after Jesus.  Jesus rebuked him for his retaliation and healed the soldier’s ear.  He just did it.  The soldier did not ask for it and neither did Peter – but Jesus healed.

Then we see plenty of examples where Jesus heals and tells the person to do something that I think make them accept the healing by asking for it or an action after the healing.  We see this in John 9:7 where Jesus heals the blind man, but tells him to go wash in the pool of Siloam.  When was the man healed?  When Jesus put spit and mud on his eyes, or when we washed it away?

I know that Jesus doesn’t always heal either.  We don’t always understand why He does or doesn’t heal.  But I do think He expects us to demonstrate our faith in Him.

Are you in need of healing?  I suggest that you pray to Jesus asking for specific healing and then listen if He wants you to do something to receive that healing.  If we don’t listen and then respond I am not sure that He will heal as we have asked.

 

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40 Ways to Pray – for Me

Day 40 – pray for Yourself

The last way in which I will cover in this 40 ways to pray is probably the most important.  We need to start first of all by praying for ourselves.

Like when on an airplane we are told that in the event of an emergency to put our mask on first before assisting others.  You know why?  Because if you run out of oxygen then you will pass out and not be able to help anyone – including yourself.

So our prayers should start by lifting up our Father and Creator, and then ask for several things in our life.

I believe our daily prayers for ourselves should include at a minimum the following:

  • Forgiveness – we should always start by asking God to forgive the sins we have committed against Him so He can hear us pray to Him.
  • Daily portion – nourishment, rest and guidance for the day
  • Wisdom – to know the wise thing to do and the courage to do it
  • Humble – a posture of putting God 1st, and me 2nd
  • Protection – from the evil one who wants to devour and divide
  • Power – to stand strong against the evil one and the courage to battle sin
  • Guard my heart – we need to be careful, because what goes into the heart comes out in the life

My Prayer for Today

Jesus thank you for the ability to talk directly to You and to hear from you.  Please forgive me when I count you as anything but first in my life.  Show me today what it is that would be pleasing for me to do for You today.  I pray in the only name that I know how – the wonderful name of Jesus!

40 Ways to Pray – Constant Prayer

Day 39 – Pray to be in constant Prayer

Rejoice always!
Pray constantly.
Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to rejoice and pray constantly.

Now how in the world can we do that?  We have to work, go to school, go to church, eat and sleep.  How can I skip those things to be in prayer you say?

Well you don’t skip them.  The idea is to constantly be asking God for guidance in all that we do.  When I go to work or work is there someone He needs me to talk to?   Do I give thanks when I eat?  When I decide to go for a walk or watch TV, what does God want us to do in those situations?

I don’t think Paul intended us to do nothing but pray, but to pray in all things we do.

My Prayer for Today

Lord help me to be reminded constantly that You provide all I do and all I have.  Help me to remember to first listen to your guidance before I act today.  In the name of Jesus I pray.

 

40 Ways to Pray – the Lost

Day 38 – Pray for those who do not know Jesus as their Savior

We see them every day.  They could be family, coworkers, friends, people at the restaurant, or next to you at the traffic light.  They could be sitting next to you in church.  Who are they – people who do not know Jesus as their personal Savior.  As I type this I am reminded by God that this could actually be you.

My heart sinks.

Jesus came to pay the penalty for my and your sins.  The Father sent Him as the perfect sacrifice as a payment for the penalty of our sins against God.  All we have to do is admit that we are a sinner, repent of our sins, accept the gift of salvation, and dedicate our life to Jesus.

But there are people we know who have never turned their life to Jesus, and some of them will never know unless we tell them.  It’s not my preacher’s job to tell them about Jesus – it is mine.  And it is yours if you are saved by the grace of God.

So our prayers should include asking God to reveal a person that we know who needs to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ alone.  Ask God to reveal that person to you and then ask for boldness to share how Jesus made a change in your life.

My Prayer for Today

Lord I know that I have friends that I work with and family members that I am not certain that they know the free pardon of sin in Jesus.  Show me one person today that I can witness to about the love of Jesus and how He alone can save our lives from hell and give us an eternity of hope and joy.  In the powerful name of Jesus I pray.

40 Ways to Pray – Unity

Day 37 – Pray for Unity in the Church

God desires for Christians to get along with each other.  There is no way He would desire any division in His church.

“May they all be one,
as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be one in Us,
so the world may believe You sent Me.
I have given them the glory You have given Me.
May they be one as We are one.
I am in them and You are in Me.
May they be made completely one,
so the world may know You have sent Me”   -John 17:21-23

Jesus prayed to the Father for us to be in one accord.  If we are truly in a relationship with Jesus, then the desires of our church members should all be the same – to glorify Him.  Then we only need to decide in the context of where we live and the community we can influence how do we go about glorifying Him and bringing others to Him?  That is called a strategy that we look to our local church leader (pastor) to hear from God and chart that course for us.

“Paul urged the church in Ephesus to walk worthing of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds” -Eph 4:1-2

Our unity comes not from our common items of interest, but in the Holy Spirit of God that we all should strive to communicate with deeper each day.

Unity means we cannot have gossip or negative talk about the leaders of our church.  If we have something against what they are doing then we should go to them and discuss what we see as a difference.

Unity also means forgiveness and grace.  We will have differences with people in our churches, but we cannot forge differences with them.  We must learn to forgive them and allow grace as we all are sinners and fall short of the glory of God.

My Prayer for Today

Lord I ask you to help me bring unity to my church.  Where there are differences help me to see both sides and seek to join the other in the fight against satan daily.  Help us to appreciate and use our differences as tools against the dark one.  In the name of Jesus I pray.

40 Ways to Pray – Devotional

Day 36 – Pray using a Daily Devotional

So the first key to pray using a daily devotional is to first set aside that time with you and the Lord each day for Bible reading and prayer – I call that quiet time.  The second is to use some kind of devotional to help you during that quiet time.

I like to use a short daily devotional as part of my quiet time.  Just a verse and short story to set my focus.  I don’t use this for all of my quiet time usually, but some days that may be all I use.

A devotional is helpful because they will cover the scripture in a variety of ways and help me bring attention something that I may not have looked at in a while.  It is almost certain to cover more topics of praise than I could come up with myself.

So go online or to your local bookstore and find a good Bible based devotional to help you find a daily topic of prayer.

My Prayer for Today

Lord I thank you for the devotionals that you have shown to me and allowed me to purchase.  Please use those to guide my mind and deepen my relationship with You.  In the name of Jesus I pray.

40 Ways to Pray – Forgiveness

Day 35 – Pray to Forgive and for Forgiveness

“For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.”  Matthew 6:14-15

To get forgiveness, you have to give forgiveness.

I want you to take a moment to ask the Lord to reveal to you those that you have wronged and not asked for forgiveness.

Go ahead

It may take you a while to get back to reading this post……..

If we are honest there are a lot of people that we have did wrong and not asked for forgiveness – from God or them.

If you will take the time to recall those wrong doings and ask forgiveness I guarantee two things – you will feel better, and your relationship with God will increase.  Wow – that is a win/win!  So why not do it now?

My Prayer for Today

Lord you know all I have done – good and bad.  Help me to recall the people I have wronged to include You and I ask You for forgiveness.  Then those people that I am still able to, help me go to them and ask forgiveness.  And those that I am not able to get to will you show me grace?  In the wonderful name of Jesus I pray.