Entry 04 Praying for the Sick
One of the many things Jesus did when He walked the earth was to become our Yahweh/Jehovah Rapha/ Raphe/Rophe/Rophecha/Raphah-The Lord our Healer in the flesh. For He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. Jesus healed the sick in many different ways. Sometimes He touched them, other times he covered the ailment. Jesus sometimes send unbelievers away before healing the sick, and other times He send His word and healed many. Jesus even asked the sick to stop making excuses for their condition and asked them to really decide whether or not they wanted to be healed. Healing is the children of God’s bread; we are entitled to it because of the finished work of Jesus. Just like we are not healed by Jesus because of our own good works but because of God’s grace, we are not sick because Jesus put it on us as punishment for doing wrong. If God wanted to punish us for sinning He would kill us, for the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life; for Jesus came that we may be saved, healed and blessed with abundant, healthy life. That’s not to say we are totally relieved of personal responsibility for our good health. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are obligated to take care of it. If we abuse our bodies with illegal and harmful substances, if we fail to eat right, rest properly and exercise, if we live a debaucherous lifestyle, we can expect certain consequences of those actions, choices, and behaviors. It is not God’s fault but our own if something bad happens to us. But God is still gracious to bring us out of them all. Many people fall into poor health because of lack of resources, education, and access to opportunity. As the salt of the earth, and as the elders of the church, we are to pray for the sick and bear the infirmities of the weak. But sometimes sickness is a demonic attack, so must handle as Jesus did. He called it out, commanded it to leave, and gave the healed person an instruction to follow. As Christ’s disciples, we have been given the same power to command sickness to go that Jesus exercised on earth through the gift of the Holy Spirit. We need to stop blaming God for sickness, but rather seek Him for direction on how to eradicate it. Satan wants to keep us physically weak and sickly so that we cannot be effective in destroying the works of the kingdom of darkness. For he knows that when we are physically sick, we began to feel bad mentally, spiritually and emotionally. He wants our sickness to devastate so much that it becomes a financial burden like the woman in the bible with the issue of blood. Therefore we should be proactive about seeking God for our individual good health. But when we do get sick, our response should be to stand on God’s word, declare His will for us to prosper and for us to be in good health, believe that He is able and willing to heal us, and receive His grace and healing power however, whenever, and through whomever He choices to bring it. And if He doesn’t heal us, we are to accept and understand that He has a greater plan, and that God will still cause all things to work out for our good.