I was recently dealing with some back pain and a cough. One night while having trouble sleeping, I was praying for the Lord to heal both. At one point I noticed that I had no pain and wasn’t …
I was recently dealing with some back pain and a cough. One night while having trouble sleeping, I was praying for the Lord to heal both. At one point I noticed that I had no pain and wasn’t coughing, so I thanked the Lord for that pain-free moment and no cough. Then as the minutes passed, I continued to thank the Lord for each pain-free moment and no cough. Before I knew it, the time between coughs was getting longer and longer, until I finally drifted off to sleep.
So the next day I once again tried this. As I spent time sitting and talking to the Lord, I began to thank Him for the moments I had no pain and no cough. Again, the time increased more and more, until I had no pain or cough for long periods of time while I was resting in the Lord’s presence.
I began to wonder about this, realizing that God’s healing power was present as I thanked and worshiped Him. As we spend time in worship, we enter into God’s presence, where His healing power is available. Also, as we praise and worship God, our faith in strengthened. Many times in the Bible when people came to Jesus to ask for healing, He commended them for their faith, and declared that their faith had made them well.
We find such a time in Mark 5:25-34. A woman had been bleeding for twelve long years, and no doctor could help her. When she heard about Jesus’ healing power, she decided that if she could just be in His presence and touch His clothes, she would be healed. She pressed through the crowd and reached out her hand to touch Him, and her bleeding immediately stopped.
This woman thought she could get away with a drive-by healing, but Jesus had felt power go out from Him and wanted to know who touched Him. She finally confessed and received Jesus’ commendation, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” (vs. 34). She was healed by a combination of her faith and being in God’s presence.
Another story of healing is found in Luke 5:17-39. Some friends of a paralyzed man had faith to believe that if they could just get their friend to Jesus, he would be healed. Finding they could not get him through the crowd into the house where Jesus was, they carried him on his mat up on the roof of the house, made a hole in the roof, and lowered him down right in front of Jesus. Once the man was in Jesus’ presence, and Jesus saw the faith of the men who had brought him, He healed the man.
The Lord says in Exodus 23:25, “Worship the Lord your God, and His blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you.” Psalm 103:1-3 NLT says, “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.”
So as we go through our days, lets focus our attention on thanking and worshiping the Lord, and we may be amazed to see what He does.
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