Saturday, August 7, 2010

He sent His WORD and healed them

Does God heal us today? Do we see that in our Church today? In the Tuesday Prayer Cell, I continuously see the number of people needing healing increasing, and it does not seem to decrease. Week after week, we religiously plod through the list in prayers. In the many years that I have been attending the Prayer Cell, I have not seen any demonstrated case of healing. So is it still true that God sends His Word and heals us? The last time I checked the King James Version of the Bible, Psalms 107:20 still reads “He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

The verse reads “He sent His word”. Who or what is this word? Who heals? Is it God or is it His word? According to my understanding of the verse, it is not God who is doing the healing but it is His Word that He has sent that is doing the healing. God seems to have already provided His Word with whatever healing power that is necessary to provide the healing.

John 1:14 says “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”. In the gospel days, this Word-made-flesh healed ALL that came to Him. Today, where is this Word-made-flesh that can heal us?

What do we do when we fall sick? Are we surrendering our bodies to the Word-made-flesh? No. Instead, we are surrendering our bodies to the doctors and their words. Do doctors speak words of faith? No! They speak words of fear. They will bring out all the medical equipment at their disposal and find out what is wrong with the body. They will tell you all that can go wrong with the body if something is not done immediately, to shock you into fear, so that you can act on the fear and seek their healing. Now you are hooked by fear and you are so much in torment and you cannot even offer a word of prayer. So, you start seeking prayer from every one you know and one more name is added to the umpteen prayer lists.

Is there a better way? In my understanding of the Word of God, I do not see any verse in the Bible that says something like “Pray for the sick”. Matthew 10:8 says “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” The church is commanded to “Heal the sick” and not “Pray for the sick”. So why do we waste so many hours praying for the sick, instead of healing the sick?

Mark 16:17-18 says, “These signs shall follow them that believe: In my name … they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” So, looks like we have ceased to believe, we have ceased to use His Name and stopped laying hands on the sick. We have stopped being responsible for what God has told us to do, and throw the responsibility back to God by praying for the sick. When God has not told us to “Pray for the sick”, He is not responsible to answer that prayer of idle words.

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