Faith, Prayer and Healing

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Psalm 103:1-14

Americans are going through a “health” craze. We look for discoveries to prolong our lives. We are spending millions of dollars on herbal medicines. We are trying alternative forms of treatment, from acupuncture to massage.

The Bible is a book about healing. It reveals a God who deals with the total person body, soul, and spirit. Our Lord also spoke of the healing of relationships and of nations. One of His many titles is “The Lord, your healer” (Exod. 15:26).

Jesus came, preaching the “good news of the Kingdom,” and healing many who were sick. He was moved with compassion when He saw the hurt and pain of those who flocked to Him, and met their needs. Indeed, the same Greek words are used for salvation and for healing. This was also His commission to His disciples: to preach the “good news” and to heal the sick.

In this series we shall study many examples and kinds of Divine healing, and our part in believing and praying. We shall include prayers, not only from our Reformed Liturgy, but also from other faith traditions where healing services are held.

PRAYER

Gracious Lord, we are a broken, needy people. Often we are blind to our needs. By Your Holy Spirit, teach us that it is not the amount of our faith that matters but the object, Jesus Christ, who can save and heal. By His grace. Amen.