Healing Through Prayer

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16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5 ESV)

I like to continue from last week’s chat with you on forgiveness and healing, and a little on healing by using what God has provided us so we can heal. In Christian vocab, they are called “means of grace,” that is, the means through which God’s grace comes to us.

We all want God’s blessings, God’s grace. But how do we get it? Too many people today talk about a “breakthrough” in life and God intervenes so our brokenness gets healed. In reality, the breakthrough is more closely related to the one-time event like forgiveness or understanding where there was ignorance. This is like the surgery we go through so our healing can begin. The surgery is a one-time event. But healing is incremental over time. While God can give us miraculous healing of the soul as he sometimes does in the healing of the body, instantaneous healing is not the norm either of the body or of the soul. For instance, repentance from a drug addiction is a moment in time. But healing from a drug addiction takes time. All healing takes time. But time alone does not heal. Prayer over time is one of God’s means of grace for us to heal.

We cannot heal spiritual brokenness without prayer. And when we pray, we heal even the spiritual brokenness of which we are not aware! Prayer is not about asking things from God. That is the last reason to pray. We pray because it makes us whole.

Some of you have practiced what we see in the Lord’s Prayer, and you have been greatly blessed. Keep doing it. There is no particular order of importance but they should all be practiced.

(1) Call on God as Father. There is nothing wrong with calling him “Lord,” “God,” etc. But you understand God’s heart in prayer when you call him “Father.”

(2) Pray aloud. All prayer was done verbally, not in the head. Go back to that. You will find it helps you focus better, and the mind does not drift as easily. This also makes your prayer deliberate. It is a personal time and place set aside to pray out loud to our Father in heaven.

(3) Posture. Recently one of you shared that you prostrate in prayer, that is, kneeling with forehead to the ground. And that makes a difference to you. Yes, the posture of the body reflects the posture of the soul. God made us body and soul and the two are intimately connected. What we do to one affects the other. Another one of you shared that you are so comfortable with kneeling that you can fall asleep while kneeling. Yes, that is also true. This is why we do not prescribe one posture. It is important for you to adopt the posture that works for you. For me, walking has been the most effective posture to take when talking to my Father in heaven. This is not praying while I need to walk from one place to another. This is praying and the walking is incidental. I am not going anywhere when I walk and pray. That is praying time, not commuting time. I can pray while I commute, but that is not dedicated prayer.

(4) Listen. I am so glad to hear one of you also say that you are also experiencing this. When I pray to Abba Father, I find he talks to me too! Not an audible voice, but suddenly new thoughts come to me that are not “me.” When I am in desperate need for strength or wisdom, as I tell Abba Father my problems, he strengthens me even as I pray. And I emerge from the prayer a stronger, calmer person with less anxiety.

If we neglect prayer as God’s means for our healing, we will never be healed. It is as serious as that. That natural heart-cry in times of desperation is good, but not enough. Your prayer time must be a time of deep personal communion with God. You will find much healing from any brokenness. Your heart will be transformed as you pray. Your deep hurts will come out and gentle healing will soothe your soul. Your worst insecurities will be placed before your Father in heaven, and he will give you the blessing you need to move you from fear to faith. Your pride will melt away. Your besetting sin will be taken apart by the healing of the Holy Spirit and you will see your own heart like never before.

When we pray as Jesus teaches us to pray, a whole new world of spiritual reality opens up before us. We will begin a journey that allows us to experience the presence of God.

Pray. Because without prayer, we will not find healing. It is God’s powerful provision for our wholeness, our wellness. We will never heal without prayer. We will never fail to heal with prayer.

Pastor Peter Eng

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