Intentional gratitude is always top-of-mind this time of year, with Thanksgiving quickly approaching. With the hustle and bustle of life, it’s often easy to forget that expressing gratitude applies to all seasons of our lives. As believers, we are called to be grateful in all situations and to live with the joy of the Lord.
During our lives as believers, we are constantly learning new things about our Father. The journey to fully know Him is never over, because his power and love for us is so immense! As we answer our call to worship, it’s important to know our God and why He is worthy of all our praise.
In our September blog series here on Inside Kanakuk, we take a look at several different “roles” God takes on for us as His children.
Today, we focus on God as our healer.
Whether physical, mental, or emotional, the need for healing is present all around the world. Cancer, depression, loneliness, disease, broken bones, sadness, mourning… the need for healing is present in all of these situations. Sometimes, this presence of brokenness or sickness can lead us to feel anxious, hopeless or alone.
Regardless of what we or our loved ones are experiencing, we can rest knowing that God is the ultimate healer and worker of miracles.
We may need courage and boldness to pray for healing, but we should not feel ashamed to pray for help for ourselves or others. God loves us unconditionally, so there is no reason to be afraid!
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
Jesus performed many miracles while He lived on Earth, and He continues to perform miracles, even when we cannot see Him. Our steadfast faith along with prayer and asking for His help and healing can be just as powerful as the stories we read in the Bible.
Jesus healed the sick, made the blind to see, and called the paralyzed to walk. In all of these instances, someone simply asked Jesus for help.
If Jesus healed all of these people, imagine what He can do in our own lives! Our prayers are effective and always heard. The Lord knows what is best for us, and heals according to His will.
“But Jesus turning and seeing her said, ‘Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.’ At once the woman was made well.”
In Matthew 9, we find the story of a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. She tried to get help from a number of doctors, but none had been able to heal her.
When she heard that Jesus was coming to town, she thought that if she could simply touch the edge of his cloak, she could be healed. Jesus felt His power go out to her in the middle of a crowd, and told her that her faith made her well.
This woman knew her need for the Lord’s help, and when she went to the Lord in faith, she was healed instantly.
Doctors can help us feel better, friends can pick us up when we are down, but the true, inward healing of the soul comes from God. God can do the impossible, more than we could ever ask or imagine.
“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
In sickness and in health, in brokenness and wholeness, the Lord is with us and for us. He can bring us healing from any pain, sadness, or hurt. It’s our job is to pray boldly in hope and faith for the Lord’s healing to come!