Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Prayer for Healing

I googled scripture on healing today.  I was looking for comfort and direction on how to pray for a beautiful friend who needs a miracle (or several).

After finding a promising website I searched through a number of different verses from various books of the Bible - writing some down and even speaking some aloud.  There are so many good verses about healing and amazing promises to claim, however, the one below stood out.

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;  the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them - they are counted among the blessed in the land - He does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. Psalm 41:1-3

I love it.  It contains a promise.  A promise that God will sustain those who have regard for the weak. Even in sickness He will restore them.  I need this scripture today as I pray for a dear friend who embodies this scripture's ideals.  She has spent her life speaking out for those who have no voice, befriending the friendless, and providing hope for the hopeless.  Her life's work has not been her own, but the work of the Savior she loves and leans on.

Even though my friend has been steadfast, I know that God's promises do not rely upon her goodness. God's faithfulness doesn't depend on our faith.  God is bigger than our understanding and better than our imagination.  Praying in Jesus name is not a good luck charm or a bedtime routine.  Praying in Jesus name is the promise of His Power and Presence alive in us.  Death has been defeated, and by His stripes we are healed.  

God, I surrender my understanding to you.  I stand on your promises.  Keep me seeking and submitted to you.  I plead the blood of Jesus over my friend Karisse.  Bring healing and restoration to her body and circumstances.  Destroy every form of cancer and bring strength to her body, spirit and soul.  Thank you Jesus!

"And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well;  the Lord will raise them up."
 James 5:15

"I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord."  Jeremiah 30:17

"This is what the Lord says, I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you."
2 Kings 20:5

"And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."  Matthew 21:22

"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"  Mark 9:24