Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Healing Comes in Unexpected Ways
Agreeing in Prayer
On Wednesdays we meet at our church to pray over our city
and over the recent written prayer requests.Pastor Allan has asked me to present a short focus and lead the meeting.
I do a print out each week and present it here, with added
comments that were made.
We often have it all figured out how God will save or heal
those in need.However God doesn’t
always save or heal the way we first thought He would.
Jesus told some of his disciples “Follow Me,” and they said
“Okay, and followed.”
The conversion of Saul was dramatic, for he was struck as by
lightening and fell to the ground, and heard a voice instructing him.
Some are saved, but they struggle with habits and
addictions, and it takes time and prayer to reach a point of complete
deliverance.Others are delivered on the
spot – we wonder why, but we can not put God in a box and ask him to do his
work all the same way.
The human will has a lot to do with maturity taking its
time, because full surrender is not so easy for some with hard heads.
We question when we know of men and women of God we respect
and recognize they are anointed, but they make a mistake.I am not talking about sin but they make
calls for God that he had nothing to do with.
We see that in 2 Kings Chapter 4, the story of Elisha and
the woman’s sick son.
The woman traveled to find Elisha to pray over her son.Elisha sent his servant and told him to go
and lay his staff over the boy.When
they arrived at the woman’s home, the staff on the boy had not worked and the child
was dead.Elisha presumed he always
spoke for God, but this time he did not.
Elisha sent everyone out of the room, and he prayed.God showed him to lie across the boy and
breathe in his mouth.(This was not CPR)
because the child had been dead for several hours.Elisha did not give up and it took 7 tries
before the child sneezed and woke up alive.
I am reminded of the Prophet Isaiah’s story found in
2 Kings 20In those
days King Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah
went to him and said, "This is what the LORD
says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not
The King begged God for more time to live and God heard his
prayer and answered.God told the
prophet to take some figs and make a poultice and have the king’s servants put
it on the ugly boil, and God would give the King 15 more years to live.
The Prophet did not apply the salve, but had the servants
do the work.
Often it is not the Pastor, or the teacher, or the leader
who will be the one to do the “work,” but we must be willing to become the
servant and be obedient to follow the instructions given to us by the Holy
Jesus often healed by speaking a word, “be healed,” or “go
and wash,” or “rise up and walk.”Other
times he touched and reached out as He healed and delivered.
One occasion Jesus put mud on the eyes of a blind man.Many believe he created a new eye ball from
the mud; similar to creating Adam from mud in the garden. I believe that is what happened.
This past week we laid hands and prayed for Louise to be
healed as she went for a biopsy of a lump on her thyroid.The doctor was amazed because there was
nothing there to test. The lump was gone!
So what can we learn from todays lesson?
1. As we pray over our dead city, our sick loved ones; do
not become discouraged but continue in prayer that God will bring life and
healing.We may need to pray seven
times, but do not give up.
2. Believe and expect God to hear and answer our prayers.
3. Know that God will use you to speak a word, to reach out
and touch someone in need.
4. As we bring our requests unto God.Know that it is his WILL to save, to heal and