Day Three: “Deeper Healing”

Isaiah 53:10 MSG
Still, it’s what God had in mind all along,
to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.

From this past Sunday’s message, let’s recall the prayer that Joni Eareckson Tada prayed at the pool of Bethesda when she and her husband took a trip to Jerusalem.

“O Jesus, thank you for a no answer to a request for physical healing. You really knew what you were doing so many years ago because a no answer to a request for physical healing has purged so much sin out of my life, so much selfishness and bitterness and I know I have a long way to go, but every day I want to wake up and I want to be a different Joni than I was yesterday. I want to be a Joni that you created, that you destined me to be. O God, help me to step into that no answer, Lord Jesus, to a request for physical healing has meant that I am depending more on your grace, but it’s increasing my compassion for others who are hurt and disabled. It is helping me put complaining behind me. It stretched my hope. It has pushed me to give thanks in times of sorrow. It has increased my faith. It has strengthened my hope of heaven and it’s made me love you so much more…so much more. It is such a safe wonderful thing to be beckoned into the inner sanctum of the fellowship of sharing in your sufferings. And I would not trade it for any amount of walking. That is the deeper healing.”

Reflection: What deeper healing are we to know and experience in Christ’s healing grace?

Prayer (from Carol’s message): Lord, I bring my troubles and pains and all of who I am to you and ask for the deeper healing grace of your transformation in me. Fill me with your healing love and help me to follow in your steps in fellowship with you to bring your healing grace to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s close with singing, “Son of Suffering” by Matt Redman (click here).

– EK