Day 5: Healing Prayer

Psalm 37:4-5 (NIV)
4 Take delight in the LORD,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
    trust in him and he will do this:

Matthew 6:9b-10 (NIV)
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.

“God, who sustains the universe by his power, regularly performs works without human vessels…but he also often chooses to perform them through his servants…miracles come in response to God’s command …or the prayer of someone walking close to him…Those whose desires are granted are those who delight in God and desire his will supremely.” [Craig Keener. Gift and the Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today.]

As we delight in the Lord, doing his will above all things will be our desire. Our prayers for healing will align with God’s will as we pray for his kingdom to come and for his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We can be his servants who ask for God’s kingdom to come down with healing power for our generation.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, holy is your name. Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Align our desires and our prayers according to your will for our own healing and for the healing of others. Heal our communities, campuses, friends, and families. May you receive all the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to Your Name (Psalm 40) by Shane and Shane (click here).

-AS

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Day 4: Compassion and Healing

John 11:33-35 (NIV)
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

“People in our day carry the crushing burden of guilt and shame. People in our generation are saddled with self-loathing and hatred towards their neighbors. We have minds tormented by oppressive thoughts and lies of the enemy. Our bodies are beset with all manner of disease and injury.  People experience such a poverty of peace that they don’t know what it’s like to live without constant low-grade fear or acute anxiety. Many in our generation are robbed of a normal human experience” [P. Ed’s message.]

Prayer: Lord, we pray for those in our cities, our campuses, and our families in your love and power. By your Spirit, may we receive your compassion and tears for those around us. May groans of intercession through the Spirit come forth from our churches for salvation and healing in our generation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to “I Speak Jesus” by Charity Gayle (click here).

-AS

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Day 3: Spiritual Eyes for Healing

Mark 5:30 (NIV)
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

Acts 3:7 (NIV)
7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

“But Jesus’ willingness to heal all who came to him certainly challenges those who think healing is abnormal today, unless they wish to contend either that Jesus’ character has changed or that his power in the world has declined. It is possible that we see fewer people healed today than God requires, a situation that is troubling because people’s pain is real.” [Craig Keener. Gift and the Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today.]

“We must perceive healing activity in the spiritual before we perceive it in the natural. Operating in the healing gift does not begin with our eyes, it begins in the Spirit. God gives us the faith to perceive and declare in the Spirit. In faith, we declare that healing, then we help the person get up no matter how long it takes.” [P. Ed’s message.]

Prayer: Father, help us to hear and obey the Spirit to exercise gifts of healing for our generation. This generation needs the gifts of healing exercised by the church in its fullest measure. Transform us to be like Jesus in character and in his healing ministry. May many more be healed amongst us. May you receive the glory from our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to “Believe For It” by CeCe Winans (click here).

-AS

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Day 2: Gifts of Healing

1 Corinthians 12:7-9 (NIV)
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,”

“But the greatest problem for me is the nearly universal tendency to divorce the list of ‘Spirit manifestations’…from its clear setting of Christian worship.” [Gordon Fee. Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God.]

“When spiritual gifts are active, it is another indication of the presence of God the Holy Spirit in the church.” [Wayne Grudem. Systematic Theology, second edition.]

Manifestations of the Spirit’s healing work occur in the church and through the church, God’s worshiping community. Healing comes through God’s people who live empowered by the Holy Spirit. They exercise the gift of healing for the common good of others.

Prayer: Lord, may you receive all our worship. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and let us receive your healing gifts. May our churches be places of healing. Empower your people as vessels of your healing to our cities, to our campuses, and to our families. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong Worship (click here).

-AS

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Day 1: Healing From Victory

Let us proclaim these verses out loud together:

Colossians 2:9-15 (NLT)
9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. 

1 Corinthians 15:54b-57 (NIV)
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the victory we have through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Death has been swallowed up in victory. Swallow us up in this victory. May every part of us be swallowed up in this victory. Swallow up those we are praying for in this victory. We pray for whole healing for ourselves and for others in your victory. May you receive the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship and sing to “We Need a Miracle” by Charity Gayle (click here).

-AS

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