…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

Lord, are you willing to heal? .. Is healing immediate, instant? .. Faith?

Why Jesus heals?
How much faith do we need?
Do I need ‘perfect’ faith to receive?
Is healing always immediate?  … or, progressive? … delayed?
Is it OK to pray more than once for healing?

We’ll explore these questions in this post, … by looking at the healings of leprosy, and barrenness in the Bible.

Lord, are you willing?

There was a man who asked  Jesus  if  He was willing to heal him.  His meeting with Jesus was recorded in 3 of the Gospels – Matthew, Mark & Luke.

Matthew 7:1-3 (NKJV)
When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.
And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying,
“Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying,
“I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Mark 1:40-44 (NKJV)
40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him,
“If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion,
stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him,
“I am willing; be cleansed.”

42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. 4

43 And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.

Matthew gives us the setting or context of this story,
when Jesus had come down from the mountain

What happened on the mountain?
The sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7).

In the sermon on the mount ,
Jesus touched on  loving, serving, and caring others,
to those worthy, … as well as to those unworthy,
and ending with living out His Word in daily life,

that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;
for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:45 (NKJV)

And just before the sermon the mount Matthew records,
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics;
and He healed them.

Matthew 4:23, 24 (NKJV)

As Jesus came down the mountain, He meets this man,
Matthew records how Jesus demonstrated His love,  serving him,

The man — a leper, … an outcast,
with an infectious disease, leprosy;  in Jesus time, incurable.
He was quarantined away from the rest of society, living away from the others.
Whenever he approached others, he has to declare he’s unclean.
Whenever he drew near, … others would move away from him.
He can’t enter the temple to worship with everyone else.
No one dared touch him.
(as detailed in the Jewish law in Leviticus 13 on handling people with leprosy & skin ailments)

Thus, for this man,
a body ravaged by the disease, … dis-figured,
alone, … ostracised by others, outcast, unclean,
… till …
he met Jesus.

And, Jesus changed everything for him.

1 When He had come down from the mountain,
great multitudes followed Him.
And behold, a leper came 

In the midst of the huge crowd following Jesus down the mountain,
this man came boldly, directly to Jesus.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
There we will receive his mercy,
and we will find grace
to help us when we need it most.  Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)

Jesus was also coming down from the mountain to meet him.
Jesus heard his silent cry from afar.
(the man was not alone in his situation)

In the midst of the huge crowd,
Jesus stopped … just for this man.

From what this man had heard about Jesus,
he came and worshiped Him
saying, “Lord, …”

He probably did not have a full understanding of the whole Bible,
but in his heart he acknowledged Jesus as Lord.
i.e. κύριος in the Greek, — supreme in authority
from κῦρος (supremacy) [Strong]

Jesus is supreme in authority over all, … including sickness.

Thus, when he approached Jesus, he worshiped Him, the Lord κύριος
in adoration, … reverence … humble submission to Jesus.

First and foremost, .. his heart was in the right place.
Then, .. he asked the Lord,
“Lord, if You are willing,
You can make me clean.”

In his request,
he acknowledged Jesus can heal him,
You can     make me clean
i.e. Jesus has the ability/power to heal,
… heal others.

if You are willing …
he just .. wasn’t quite sure if Jesus would
… heal him too (?) … or heal his disease too (?)

An honest, sincere cry from his heart … of just 10 simple words.

Here’s where Mark captures Jesus answer so well, … almost cinematic,
a simple cry from his heart, … move the hand of the Lord of the universe,

41 Then Jesus,
moved with compassion,   

stretched out His hand

and touched him,

and said to him,

I am willing;      

be cleansed.”

moved with compassion,
Jesus felt his cry, his pain, his suffering, his isolation, his desperation,

Jesus was so moved with compassion that
He stretched out His hand 
and touched him

“I am willing; be cleansed.”

The man … heard,
… felt,
& personally experienced the loving touch of God’s grace,
one on one.

Jesus touched the disfigured, unclean man with infectious leprosy!!
… touching … the untouchable … the unclean

What Jesus did was taboo,
… unacceptable to the social, religious & medical norms.
When Matthew and Mark orally shared this story,
they probably would have heard astonished gasps from their Hebrew audience.

And more than that, … the ‘unclean’ man was healed !
Praise God!

So great, so immense was Jesus love for the man,
Jesus not only said it, … he fully demonstrated His love.
He stretched out His hand 
and touched him.
I am willing; be cleansed.”

and, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed
Praise God!

Amazing grace!
That’s how much he loves you and me!

“I am willing”

The man came empty handed,
an outcast, unclean, disfigured,
with just
a mustard seed faith,
a desperate cry,
a heart of worship.

He received from Jesus.

Yes, amen, … Jesus loves him,
Jesus heals him too!

He’s not left out, … he’s not forgotten, …
Amazing grace!

‘I am willing to heal’

Simple faith, simple prayer,
this man moved the hand of God upon his sickness.

Jesus, moved with compassion …

a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
 he will faithfully bring forth justice.
Isaiah 42:3 (ESV)

On another occasion, Luke records
40 While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him;

and laying His hands
on each one
of them,

He was healing them.

41 Demons also were coming out of many,
shouting, “You are the Son of God!”
But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew
Him to be the Christ.
Luke 4:40, 41 (NASB)

Jesus laid his handson each one
none left out.

Back to the man with leprosy,
then Jesus gave the man 2 instructions

go your way, show yourself to the priest,
The priest would thoroughly examine him to certify that he’s totally free from leprosy (Leviticus 13),  so that, he can be restored to fully participate in the society;  no longer quarantined.
In our day, we’ll say go show yourself to the doctor to certify that you are free from the sickness/disease.

Thus, Jesus was for evidence-based healing backed by professional third party examination, … not just personal testimony alone.
A true healing with proof!

and offer the gift that Moses commanded,
as a testimony to them

Continue to give thanks, .. always.
Share your healing testimony to others to encourage them,
continue to walk in God’s Word, and worship the Lord.

Walk in God’s presence.

(cleansed & healed, … this man entered the temple of God to offer his gift,
which previously he could not, due to his leprosy) 

Like most healings recorded in the Gospels and Acts,
the healing ministry was quick.
(no interview with the man — his history, or discussion on “cause-effect”.)

Jesus healed the sick,
and He instructed His disciples:

And heal the sick there,
and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
Luke 10:9 (NKJV)

And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.
Freely you have received, freely give.

Matthew 10:7,8 (NKJV)

… cleanse the lepers

17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons;
18  they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

20 And they went out and preached everywhere,
the Lord working with them
and confirming the word
through the accompanying signs. Amen.
Mark 16:17,18, 20 (NKJV)

when I don’t know what to do

In the name of Jesus

In the first healing in Acts
as the lame man at the the temple gate called Beautiful
The man was miraculously healed.

Acts 3:6,7, 12, 16 (NIV)
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have,
but what I do have I give you

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
rise up and walk.”

… and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts,
and praising God.

Healed, … for the first time in his life,
this man entered the temple,
walking and jumping with his new restored body,
with his spontaneous & exuberant praise and worship,
… set free, … liberated from his chronic infirmity.

Testifying the goodness and greatness of God,
… to God be the glory!

 When all the people saw him walking and praising God,
10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful,
and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Peter explained to the crowd:

12 When Peter saw this, he said to them:
“Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you?
Why do you stare at us
as if by our own power or godliness
we had made this man walk? …

don’t look at us, mere men,
look unto the Lord !

16 By faith in the name of Jesus,
this man whom you see and know was made strong.

It is Jesus’ name

the faith that comes through him

that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

Peter acknowledged that it was not
by our own power or godliness 

It is Jesus’ name
By faith in the name of Jesus
completely healed him …
 this man walk

The power and authority of Jesus name.
by grace through faith,
by God’s grace through Christ,  we freely receive.

Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have,

Like Peter, … as we pray for sick loved ones,
there’s nothing we possess or do
that can heal someone.

but what I do have
I give you.

Our sole dependence is on God’s grace & mercy in Christ Jesus,
who loves us,
the Lord, who heals you. (Jehovah – Rophe)
by his wounds He suffered, we are healed

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
rise up and walk.”

Only Jesus and His name.
By grace, we receive His healing.

Let’s look to the Lord Jesus … focus on the Lord Jesus,
receive from Him.

How much faith is required?

In the Old Testament, there was a Gentile man who was also healed of leprosy.
Jesus commended him for his faith,

27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet,
and none of them was cleansed
except Naaman the Syrian.”
Luke 4:27 (NKJV)

Was Naaman’s faith great or perfect?

10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him (Naaman), saying,
“Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”

11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’  

Naaman expected Elisha to pray for him,
and instantly heal him.

But God wanted Naaman to personally know Elisha’s the Lord his God
to be Naaman’s own … “the Lord my God.”

Naaman’s response:
12Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?
Could I not wash in them and be clean?”

So he turned and went away in a rage.

13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said,
“My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”

14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God;
and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
2 Kings 5:10-14 (NKJV)

Naaman wasn’t sure, … (in fact he was angry),
… yet, he did what Elisha told him to do,
after some persuasion by his servants.

One .. two
.. three .. 

.. four .. five .. six ..
seven .. dips

again and again … till the seventh time,

He was healed,  his flesh restored ! 
… Jesus commended his faith.

Naaman expressed his faith
by what he did
in obedience to the Lord’s instruction, God’s word,
even though, rationally it did not make sense to his mind.

Naaman persevered.

By faith, from his heart, he acted, .. he dipped himself seven times in the Jordan.
Naaman received his healing … himself.
He received healing directly from the Lord, as his heart reach out to the Lord.

Naaman’s faith depended on the Lord directly,
a personal relationship with the Lord,
rather than
depend on Elisha’s faith and anointing.

Naaman had to focus on the Lord,
… not Elisha,   not on a man.

Naaman listened to the Lord’s Word, … and obeyed.

The Lord desired Naaman, a Gentile, to know Him personally,
and experience how much the Lord loved him.

On final note, God healed Naaman, an army captain from Syria, … a man of war.
(at that time in the Old Testament, Syria was an enemy of Israel.)

God’s grace and mercy to freely available to all who believe in His name, .. anyone, everyone, whoever,
praise the Lord!

Let’s return back to Matthew 8.
After Jesus healed the man with leprosy,
Matthew next records the meeting of Jesus with the Centurion in Capernaum,

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying,
Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
The centurion answered and said,
“Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof.
But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.

10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed,
“Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”
And his servant was healed that same hour.
Matthew 8:5-8, 10, 13 (NKJV)

Jesus commended the Roman Centurion for his great faith.
The Centurion was confident and fully assured in Jesus ability to heal his servant,
and  he acknowledged  Jesus is 
“Lord, … only speak a word,
and my servant will be healed.”

Jesus healed the servant of a foreign Gentile
… a Roman army officer of the invading force in  Israel.

In contrast … the Roman Centurion’s faith
with the leprous man’s faith.

The leprous man came to the Lord,  sincere and honest of his faith,
“Lord,  if   You are willing,
You can make me clean.”

Result:  BOTH the leprous man and the Centurion’s servant were immediately healed.
(not one taking longer than the other)
Praise God!

Whether the unclean leper,
or Gentiles like Naaman a Syrian army general,
or the Roman Centurion, 

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that
God does not show favoritism …”
God treats all people alike

Acts 10:34 (NIV, CEV) 

… The Lord does not look at the things people look at.
People look at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

Thus, the focus is not on the size of our faith
or  how great our faith
or how  perfect our faith is,
or  the background of the person
that determines the outcome,
someone ‘well-known’ laying their hands to pray for us for healing,
or alone, .. with no one, … like the servant in the Centurion’s home.

its all about

who heals,
by His grace,
and as we trust His Word.

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Luke 17:5,6 (NKJV)

And, … only a mustard seed faith is required.

… Christ Jesus who died
— more than that, who was raised to life
— is at the right hand of God

and is also interceding for us.
Romans 8:34 (NIV)

Today, whatever we’re facing, … Jesus is praying for us.

Why Jesus heals?

In the Old Covenant/Testament, besides Naaman’s healing, … there were other recorded healings, … and even some raised from the dead.
A notable Old Testament healing is King Hezekiah’s healing (Isaiah 38).

In Acts, healings were recorded wherever the gospel was preached, … right up to last chapter in Acts where Paul was shipwrecked in Malta.

And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured.
Acts 28:8,9 (NASB)

The epistles of Paul, James and Peter spoke about healing and the gift of healing (James 5, 1 Peter 2, 1 Corinthians 12)

In Peter’s first epistle, Peter quotes directly from the Isaiah’s prophecy on why Jesus suffered on the cross for us,

24 He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross,
so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;
by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24 (NASB)

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

( previous post –  Does God understand us? (click here) )

David celebrated the Lord’s merciful benefits to his people
with a Psalm in the Old Testament,

2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
heals all your diseases,
Psalm 103:2, 3 (NIV)

See also previous postsHealing — a doctor’s perspective,
… (btw, Luke was a physician),
Save, sōzō … What are Christians saved from? (click here),

God revealed his name, Jehovah – Rophe,
to the Israelites right after they left Egypt & crossed the Red Sea,

Exodus 15:26, 27 (NIV)
26 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. (Jehovah – Rophe)

Note, in this verse in Exodus 15,
as part of keeping healthy, physically & emotionally, and experiencing healing,
is obeying God’s word & His ways, i.e.
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

Proverbs 3:7, 8 (NIV)
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.

What was the first healing recorded in the Bible?

17 So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants.
Then they bore children;
18 for the Lord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.
Genesis 20:17, 18 (NKJV)

Also, Abraham’s son, Issac prayed for healing,

Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren;
and the Lord granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

Genesis 25:21 (NKJV)

These happened way, way, way before the the  New Covenant in Jesus. … in Genesis 🙂 .
Thus, throughout the history of the Bible, … God heals,
right through to the New Covenant in Jesus, … God continues to heal in Jesus name.

On a side note, God made our body with an immune system,
and  self-healing mechanisms,  eg. the healing of a cut on our skin

Is God’s healing always immediate?

Let’s look at another leprosy healing,

12 As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13 and they raised their voices, saying,
“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 When He saw them, He said to them,
“Go and show yourselves to the priests.”

And as they were going,
they were cleansed

15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, 16 and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.

17 Then Jesus answered and said,
“Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they?
18 Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”
19 And He said to him,
“Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”
Luke 17:11-19 (NKJV)

In this healing story, the ten were not immediately cleansed (like the earlier man),
rather … as they were going, … they were cleansed,
a gradual, … progressive healing.

By faith,
… they went …
to look for the priest to certify that they had already been cleansed.

… only the Samaritan returned to thank Jesus,
glorified God with a loud voice,
 fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving thanks to Jesus

And to this man, Jesus blessed him,
” … your faith has made you well.”
A complete restoration of the man.

Thus, … an example of gradual, progressive healing,
as he went –> cleansed –> made well

Let’s also adopt the Samaritan man’s attitude,
he glorified God, giving thanks to Jesus

Like to share a personal story.

Some years ago, … was praying with a man in hospital.  His blood pressure was very high.   He was hooked onto a hospital-grade continuous blood pressure monitoring machine.

When we prayed, … believing God, … suddenly there was a continuous loud beeping alarm sound,
… and then the beeping stopped.

When prayer was finished, and we opened our eyes,
… his blood pressure was normal.

The beeping was from the blood pressure monitor, … giving alarm that the patient was experiencing a very sudden, rapid loss of blood pressure.

Although, it may be viewed that this was an instant and immediate healing,
however, its not physically & physiologically possible for blood pressure to instantly quantum leap,
there is still a time period required, …
Thus, … its still progressive, … even though it happened rather fast.

Physiologically, … it may take seconds, minutes, … overnight, … or even days.

Ultimately, through prayer and medicine,
our desire is for our loved ones to recover and be restored.

As mentioned earlier about Abraham,

17 So Abraham prayed to God;
and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants.
Then they bore children;

Genesis 20:17 (NKJV)

God heard Abraham’s prayer,
a prompt healing of Abimeleh’s household from barrenness.

However, ….
for Abraham and Sarah, … they were still childless.

Despite this, … over the years,
Abraham & Sarah faithfully walked and served the Lord
… living by faith trusting the Lord.
Abraham also continued to faithfully bless, minister and intercede for others (eg interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 18:16-33).

For many years they had prayed for a child of their own.
They prayed for others, … and others were blessed with children,
what about themselves?

When they met Abimeleh,
Abraham was about 99 years old, and Sarah was about 90 years old (Genesis 17:1, 17),
… way past their fertility age.

Yet, they persevered on in faith,
faithfully walking with Him,
trusting God’s promise that they will have their own children,

Romans 4:17-21 (NIV)
17  … the God who gives life to the dead 

and calls into being things that were not.

18 Against all hope,

Abraham in hope

and so became the father of many nations,
just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

19 Without weakening in his faith,

he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead
—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.

humanly impossible

20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief

regarding the promise of God,

but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,

21 being fully persuaded that

God had power to do what he had promised.

divinely possible

Hebrews 11:11 (NIV)
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age,
was enabled to bear children
because she considered him faithful
who had made the promise.

Sarah considered him faithful
Against all hope,
Abraham in hope believed
Their eyes were on the Lord,

Abraham & Sarah considered him faithful who had made the promise,
being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
… the God who gives life to the dead
and calls into being things that were not.

by faith … in Him who is faithful
that God had power to do
what he had promised,

the God who gives life to the dead

Abraham and Sarah persevered, trusting the Lord over many, many years, …
till finally, … they received the Lord’s promise,

And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.
For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac. Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.
Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
Genesis 21:1-5 (NKJV)

Praise God!

Years later, another old couple, Zechariah and Elizabeth faithfully walked with the Lord,
and they waited in prayer for years before they received their son, John the Baptist (Luke 1).
Both Samuel and Samson‘s parents also received healing, and were blessed with children (Judges 13, 1 Samuel 1)

Is it OK to pray more than once for healing?

Mark 8:22-25 (NASB)
22 And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him.
23 Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village;
and after spitting on his eyes
and laying His hands on him,

He asked him, “Do you see anything?”
24 And he looked up and said,
“I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around.”

25 Then again
He laid His hands
on his eyes;
and he looked intently and was restored,
and began to see everything clearly.

In this account of the healing of the blind man at Bethsaida,
Jesus prayed twice for the blind man.

Here’s one of Elijah’s prayer experience, … asking the Lord,

1 Kings 18:43, 44 (HCSB)
44 … He (Elijah)  bowed down on the ground and put his face between his knees. 43 Then he said to his servant,
“Go up and look toward the sea.”

So he went up, looked, and said,
“There’s nothing.”

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

44 On the seventh time, he reported,
“There’s a cloud
as small as a man’s hand coming from the sea.”

When healing is not instant or immediate,
draw close to God, and

keep asking … continue seeking, … keep knocking
Matt 7:7 (NLT, ICB)

keep on praying … persevere in prayer
Romans 12:12 (NLT, NRSV)

Further example: when blind Bartimaeus met Jesus
Persevere in faith & love through delayed healing – Paul, Elisha, Job, Bartimaeus (click here)

When God’s answers are delayed,
by His grace,
He gives divine endurance to persevere,
this too is faith.

In 2 Corinthians, we read about Paul’s ‘thorn in the flesh’,

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (NIV)
or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

But he said to me,
My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that
Christ’s power may rest on me.

While we continue to trust the Lord in prayer,
and patiently wait to receive from the Lord,
the Lord assures us of His abiding presence with us,
“My grace is sufficient for you”
as we continue to trust Him.

Seek the Lord, … trusting His Word,
Seek His face, … resting in His grace.

God’s power is made perfect in our weakness
My power is strongest when you are weak    (NIRV, NOG)
Only when you are weak  can everything  be done completely by my power    (ERV)

33 who by faith  …
34 … from weakness were made strong …
Hebrews 11:33, 34 (NASB)

His grace sustains us through whatever seasons of life,
as we trust His Word.

The man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.
He will be like a tree planted by water:
it sends its roots out toward a stream,

it doesn’t fear when heat comes,
and its foliage remains green.

It will not worry in a year of drought
or cease producing fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (HCSB)

I will say to the Lord,
“My refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:2 (HCSB)


Whatever our needs may be,
whatever healing we’re praying for,
whatever we’re trusting the Lord for,

let’s follow the example of Abraham, … faithfully trusting the Lord’s Word,
let’s also follow the man with leprosy, … worship the Lord,
and the Samaritan, … continue to give thanks to the Lord.

11 Never be lacking in zeal,
but keep your spiritual fervor,

serving the Lord.
12 Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:11, 12 (NIV)

And, as Paul testifies of his own trials and challenges,

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion
and the God of all comfort,

who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that
we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Indeed, we felt we had received
the sentence of death.

But this happened that

we might not rely on ourselves
but on God,
who raises the dead.

10 He has delivered us
from such a deadly peril, and
he will deliver us again.

On him we have set our hope that
he will continue to deliver us,

11 as you help us by your prayers.

Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
2 Corinthians 1:9-11 (NIV)

Paul praised the Lord for his abiding comfort and presence

who comforts us in all our troubles,

and with his experience with the Lord through the challenges he faced,
so that
we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

( Abraham prayed for Abimelech for the same need he had.)

supported by the faithful prayers of others,
as you help us by your prayers,
thus, many will give thanks of God’s gracious favor and answer to their prayers.

Therefore, let us persevere, press on, 
not rely on ourselves
but on God,
who raises the dead.

he has delivered us
he will deliver us again
he will continue to deliver us

Amen, Praise God for His everlasting faithfulness!

I look to you

Healing | Suffering/Hope

by 林弟兄, bro Lim
February 22, 2017

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