James 5:14-16 (NIV) – “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
“I guess I had thought that I had reached the extent of God’s healing for me. But, that wasn’t what God had in mind. The campus pastors led us through a time to pray for each of the students, asking us what we specifically needed prayer for. Reluctantly, and feeling very vulnerable, I asked for prayer for healing of my mind. After that meeting, I felt like a completely new person. I was filled with a joy that I could not explain, that I had not felt in a very long time.” [excerpt from Hannah Rapp’s testimony video]
We are God’s church, anointed with the Holy Spirit, and built upon Christ, our Cornerstone. We are commanded to pray for healing over one another, with powerful and effective prayers!
Let’s worship to the song, “Miracles” by Jesus Culture.
Prayer: Lord, increase my faith today! I ask for your healing and power in my home, in my ministry, and in my church. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Exodus 15:26 (NIV) – “He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
“I had gone up [during a college conference ministry time] with the hope of being healed from my migraines, and after the time of prayer, I felt the Spirit telling me that God was starting to heal me. Looking back, I know God started healing me that night, it just wasn’t what I thought it was for: instead of receiving healing over my headaches, the Lord was beginning to heal my mind.” [excerpt from Hannah Rapp’s testimony video]
There are times when we seek healing for what seem like obvious problems – a headache, an illness, an emergency medical situation, etc. However, as we see in Exodus 15 and in Hannah’s testimony, the Lord our healer often works through these situations to reveal his healing in deeper, specific areas of our lives that were unknown to us.
Let’s worship to the song “Every Little Thing” by Hillsong Y&F, and closing with the prayer below.
Prayer: Lord, show me what you want to heal in my life. I trust that you are at work even now, and I place my life in your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 2:9-11 (NIV) –“Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
“Healing and forgiveness are both-and, not either-or. Healing and forgiveness are a combination that we are to experience from the Lord our healer. God heals AND forgives us, redeems us AND crowns us, from the lowest low to the highest height, he satisfies AND renews us. We must seek and desire both healing and forgiveness.” – [paraphrased from N. Briggs’ message]
This healing moment in Mark 2 illustrates God’s desire to release us from the effects of both sin and sickness. Jesus healed the paralyzed man so that he could get up and go home as a whole, healed person. Jesus has the authority to forgive all of your sins and heal all of your diseases today.
Are there areas in your life where you need to experience the release of Jesus’ healing power and forgiveness?
Prayer: Lord, without your healing and forgiveness, I am powerless to move in my life. I ask you to forgive the sins that keep me stuck. Create in me a clean heart! I ask for you to heal the areas in my life that need your power and strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 5:24b-29 (NIV) – A large crowd followed and pressed around him.And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
“Time after time, God led Israel into impossible circumstances, so that he could lead them out of impossible circumstances… In Exodus 15, he leads them to the undrinkable water of their ‘blood sweat and tears,’ making it sweet for them to drink. There was only one solution to this equation, and that was for the Lord to intervene.” [paraphrased from N. Briggs’ message]
Sometimes God leads us into “tight spaces” in our lives, where there is only one way out. We can exhaust all our options trying to find a solution. But NOW is the time to touch the edge of Jesus’ cloak in faith.
Do you (or someone you know) need this kind of healing moment in your life?
Prayer: Lord, give me the faith to approach Jesus as my only option. Jesus, I thank you that by your stripes I am healed! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Life moves at a fast pace, and our minds have learned to quickly move onward from one thing to the next. In this frenzy, we often forget, lose track, or overlook the wonderful things that the Lord IS DOING (present tense!) in our lives. We must intentionally take worship breaks, prayer breaks and Word breaks to remember who the Lord is and what he does for us.
In Psalm 103, we are commanded to not forget the benefits that the Lord bestows on his people – forgiveness, healing, redemption, lovingkindness, provision, and renewed strength.
How has the I AM, the Lord our healer, poured these things into your life recently?
Take a break today to remember and celebrate his blessings on us! With this heart, let’s worship to the song “The Anthem”by Planetshakers.
Prayer: Lord, today I remember and proclaim the boundless riches of your grace in my life. I thank you for the benefits you have generously poured into me. I praise you with all my inmost being! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV) – For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Deuteronomy 6:10-12 (NIV) – When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
There is a song by Keith Green called, “He’ll Take Care of the Rest,” which talks about God taking care of us when we simply obey his calling. For all of his people, God will “take care of the rest” – our families, homes, possessions, and labors — as we seek his kingdom first. Jesus promises that all “these things will be given,” which indicates that, rather than being dependent on economic conditions or the market, our jobs are a gift from the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, we ask for your supernatural provision to cover our jobs, finances, and resources in this season. We thank you for the gifts of all of the good things in our lives as from your hand. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 12:29-31 (NIV) – “The most important one [i.e., commandment],” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
“Paul calls leaders into mutual submission with those they lead. Many commentators and scholars argue about what ‘in the same way’ means. Simply put, leaders are called to lead your workgroups, ministries, small groups, families, households — even ourselves! — to cultivate a climate of Shema-shaped work. The Lord calls those in leadership to make it easy for those under them to see that the Lord is their Master, and to make it easy for them to see that their work for the Lord is part of their whole-person, life worship.” [paraphrased from N. Briggs’ message]
We are all leaders, beginning with leading our neighbor toward God’s love. Perhaps the most immediate way to apply Jesus’ command is in our everyday work relationships. Today, how can we guide our co-workers, those in our households, and those in our ministry toward God’s love?
As we reflect this, let’s worship to “Build My Life” (click here) by Housefires.
Prayer: Lord, build my life on your love, and lead me with your love in my workplace, in my family, and in my ministry. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Genesis 39:2-6 (NIV) – The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
Joseph exemplifies God’s heart to bless others through the work of his called people. Whether fulfilling his duties as a servant of Potiphar, finding success even in prison, or stewarding God’s favor as second-in-command to Pharaoh, Joseph understood his role as a “pipeline” of God’s blessing to those around him.
We, too, are called to steward and guide God’s blessing and favor to those in our workplaces, homes and ministries. With this heart, let’s worship to the song “Great Things” (click here) by Phil Wickham.
Prayer: Lord, let your blessing and favor fill the places where I labor, work and serve. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ephesians 5:17-18 (NIV) – Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Ephesians 6:6 (NIV) – Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.
“One spectacular point that came out during our last campus “Career Night” was that you somehow need to convince your prospective employer that you are an asset and not a liability, whether on your resume or in your interview. Thinking about our passage today, I feel like that captures Paul’s urging to work at our labors from our heart perspective, as if we are doing God’s will! What more of an asset would an employer need than someone who looks at their job as a gift from God, and as doing God’s will? What more of an asset could we be in ministry if we truly understood all of our labors in trying to love another person as being God’s will?” [paraphrase from N. Briggs’ message]
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the work that you have given us to do. Lord, we ask that you would lead us each moment in obedience to you in our work, studies and ministry. We profess once again that we are servants of the Lord in everything we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ephesians 6:5-8 (NIV) – Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart [HEART], just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart [SOUL]. 7 Serve wholeheartedly [STRENGTH], as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know [MIND] that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
“Our work is part of our WHOLE person. Our view of our bosses, coworkers, fellow ministry members reflects our WHOLE person worship before the Lord. Think about the opposite – if we find that we work half-heartedly, unenthusiastically, only when the boss or others are looking, only when we are doing our own will — what does this say about our worship?” – [from N. Briggs’ message]
Work is a matter of worship, as we see the Shema-shaped exhortation Paul gives in Ephesians 6:5-8. What elements of our lives need to be brought into whole person worship before the Lord in our studies, work and ministry efforts?
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the calling to work where we are now. We ask that you would fill us with the Spirit so that we can work with a renewed energy and passion for you. Form our hearts with a sincerity to please the one who has called us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.