Day 15 – Lord, Heal Me
How often we need a touch from God in our physical bodies! We face sicknesses, ailments, pains, diseases. We cry out in faith, “Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed” (Jeremiah 17:14).
Matthew tells us: “When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matthew 8:16-17).
The underlying cause of a person’s suffering didn’t seem to make much difference to Jesus. For the demonized, he commanded the demons with a word. Perhaps it was the word: “Leave!” “Out!” or “Depart!” For the sick, he healed them simply and directly.
God wants to heal. Jesus was able to heal everyone; there was no one that Jesus could not heal. On this occasion, many were brought or came to Jesus, and Jesus healed them all.
We, of course, balance our theology of healing with a theology of suffering. God doesn’t seem to heal everyone all the time in every circumstance in this life. Apart from Christ’s return, we will all eventually die. The kingdom of God is already here now and not yet fully.
Still, Jesus died on the cross for our sins and our physical ailments. Jesus loaded himself up with all our sins, all our infirmities, all our diseases, and carried them all on the cross. We ask for forgiveness and for healing.
As we pray “Lord, heal me,” we can be assured that God has the answer and he can bring the cure. Healing can be immediate, gradual, or in stages – in God’s way and time.
God can use doctors and medicines and hospitals in our healing. These are gifts from God. Yet God can also heal simply and directly. What Jesus did on earth, he can do today. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
My question is not so much, “Why are some not healed?” My question is, “Why are more not healed?” Could it be that we need to reach out in faith and believe and receive? Even Jesus wondered whether he would “find faith on the earth” (Luke 18:8).
Faith isn’t limited to what is humanly possible. Faith reaches out to what is possible with God. Faith begins where our strength and ability ends. “Lord, heal me.”
Prayer: “Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony” (Psalm 6:2).
~ Pastor Dave