Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out. – James 5:14-15 (The Message)
Tonight is our Bible study night, but in light of our doctor appointment tomorrow, study time is being turned into prayer time. Our regular Bible study group along with another study group of our friends and our church leaders will be meeting together tonight to lift Tim, Baby and me up in prayer. Wherever you are, please join us in prayer around 7pm CST!
“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” – Matthew 18:18-20 (The Message)
My mind has been consumed with prayers of healing for this child as well as the many around me who are suffering. I don’t know how to explain the calmness I feel (most of the time), other than I choose to make my faith bigger than my fear. Once again, I have no idea what God’s plan is for this child or those praying for help and healing, but I will praise Him and give Him glory no matter the outcome. The song “Even If” by Kutless has been in my mind regularly through this struggle. I’ve attached it at the end of this blog and I highly encourage you to listen to it.
I’ve also been searching out verses on healing so that I can feel encouragement there and pray for the same. Those verses have led me to verses about children and how His plan for us starts even before conception. The largest list of healing Scriptures I came across included 123 verses, but I wasn’t able to find a firm number on how many verses about healing there are. I’ve included some that stuck out to me, encouraged me or just made me think. I hope you find strength and encouragement in them too!
Disclaimer: Please note that these are just one to two verses without the surrounding context. Please always take the time to read the surrounding context so you get the full picture of what God is trying to say to you. Sometimes we misread or miss the true meaning of the verse by not seeing the whole picture.
“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, For You are my praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14
“O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.” – Psalm 30:2
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” – Psalm 34:19 (As I’m writing this, I’ve just received news that my friend who has been battling cancer has just gone home to Heaven. The Lord has delivered her of her affliction. Please pray for her family and loved ones as they mourn her loss.)
“I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners,” – Isaiah 57:18 (Oh Lord give us comfort!!)
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;” – Psalm 103:2
“Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.” – Philippians 2:27
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” – Psalm 127:3
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.” – Psalm 139: 13-16
“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” – 1 Samuel 1:27
As I said above, in the middle of my writing this blog, we received word that Christie’s battle with cancer has come to an end. God has brought her home through her struggle. I desperately pray for peace for her family and loved ones. I rejoice that she is face to face with our God and I can’t imagine the beautiful experience she is having. I pray that we are not discouraged by this outcome. I pray that we don’t allow doubt to sneak in, that we don’t allow anger to take over. Please God give us comfort and allow our faith in you and your plans to remain strong, especially when the outcome is not what we want.
Please keep Christie’s family in your prayers. Please continue to pray for healing for Baby Legan. Please continue to pray for peace and comfort for Tim and me if God’s plan is different from ours. Please listen to this song, it is especially fitting in light of Christie’s journey coming to an end.