God’s Power to Heal
God’s Power to Heal: The Source of Miracles by Bishop Edward Brink.
Throughout history, people have sought healing for their physical and emotional ailments. From ancient times, people have turned to faith in a higher power for guidance and healing. The Bible provides numerous accounts of people experiencing miraculous healings through faith in God. Today, many people continue to believe in the power of God to heal. So, what does the Bible teach us about God’s power to heal, and how can we tap into this power?
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus performed many healings during His ministry on Earth. In Matthew 9:20-22, we read about a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She believed that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be healed. And indeed, “Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment.” This story illustrates the importance of faith in healing. The woman did not ask for Jesus’ permission or even for Him to touch her. She simply believed in His power to heal, and that was enough.
Similarly, in Matthew 8:5-13, we read about a centurion who came to Jesus asking Him to heal his servant. The centurion recognized Jesus’ authority and believed that He could heal from a distance. Jesus was amazed by the centurion’s faith and healed his servant without even visiting him in person. This story shows that God’s power to heal is not limited by physical distance. Just as the centurion had faith in Jesus’ power to heal, we too can have faith in God’s ability to heal us or our loved ones, even if we cannot physically be with them.
One of the most well-known healings in the Bible is that of Lazarus, who had been dead for four days. In John 11:43-44, we read that Jesus “called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.” This miraculous healing demonstrates that God’s power is not limited by death. If He can bring a man back to life, surely, He can heal any physical or emotional ailment we may have.
Of course, not every healing in the Bible was instantaneous or miraculous. In Mark 8:22-25, we read about a blind man whom Jesus healed in two stages. At first, the man could only see blurry shapes, but after Jesus laid His hands on him a second time, the man’s vision was completely restored. This healing shows that God’s healing power can work gradually over time. Sometimes, the healing process requires patience and perseverance, but we can trust that God is working in our lives.
So, how can we tap into God’s power to heal? First and foremost, we must have faith. In Mark 5:34, Jesus tells a woman whom He had healed, “Your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Faith is the key to unlocking God’s healing power. We must believe that God can heal us, even if we do not understand how or why. This faith is not blind, but rather based on our trust in God’s goodness and sovereignty.
Secondly, we can ask others to pray for us. James 5:14-15 instructs us to “call the elders of the church to pray over [us] and anoint [us] with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make [us] well.” The power of prayer is not limited by physical distance, and we can ask others to pray for us even if they are not physically present with us. We can also pray for ourselves and for others, asking God to heal us and to guide us through the healing process.
Thirdly, we can seek medical help. While we believe in God’s power to heal, we also recognize that He has given us the gift of medicine and the wisdom of medical professionals. We can seek medical treatment while also praying for God’s healing power to work through the treatment.
Finally, we can surrender to God’s will. Sometimes, despite our prayers and efforts, healing does not come in the way we expect or desire. In these moments, we must remember that God’s plans are higher than ours, and that He is always working for our good. We can trust that even in times of sickness and suffering, God is with us and is using our experiences for His glory.
In conclusion, God’s power to heal is real and accessible to all who believe. The Bible provides numerous examples of people experiencing miraculous healings through their faith in God. We too can tap into this power by having faith, asking others to pray for us, seeking medical help, and surrendering to God’s will. Whether our healing comes instantly or gradually, miraculously or through medical treatment, we can trust that God is with us and is working for our good. As we pray for healing, may we also pray for a deeper faith in God’s power and a greater trust in His plan for our lives.
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