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I enjoy providing videos on the Book of Isaiah with my friend Rudy Ross. Rudy and I attempt to produce several videos at one time. This week our schedules didn’t match up because of other obligations.
Our son, John, agreed to make a couple of videos with me. One is available today and another one will be online tomorrow. All videos can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
John and I frequently meet for breakfast on Fridays. Each week we visit about prayer for healing. We approach how to pray for healing in different ways, but we know that prayer is only a “tool” that allows God to work.
The blog articles for today and tomorrow will focus on healing. Then, we will return to a study of the prophet Isaiah.
Compassion at the Heart of Healing
Matthew reported on Jesus’ ministry like this: “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9.35-36).
Not only did Jesus proclaim the good news that God’s rule was active and available on earth, but he also demonstrated that fact by healing every disease and sickness.
Matthew drew attention to the fact that no person was denied healing when he wrote about “every disease” and “every sickness.”
The reason for Jesus’ healing ministry was because he “had compassion” for the people. He knows the pain of illness and responds with healing power.
After Jesus had healed a large crowd of people, he told his followers: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9.37-38).
If you would have been part of the crowd that day, Jesus would have looked at you and asked you to pray for other people to do what he did.
That’s not all. You also would have heard him engage his close followers to do what he did.
“Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness” (Matthew 10.1).
In the original language of the New Testament, “authority” also means “power.” Jesus called them and gave them authority and power to join him in his healing ministry.
I love to hear John tell me of opportunities he has to pray for the health of others. He looks for opportunities to pray quick prayers for healing wherever he is.
He is adamant that everyone can pray for the health of others because Jesus has called us to enter into his ministry.
This is for Everyone
Laborers in the harvest have three primary areas of ministry.
Luke records how Jesus sent his followers out to minister. In this account, another aspect of God’s loving ministry is mentioned.
He wrote, “Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,
“And he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal” (Luke 9.1-2).
God is the One who gives everyone power for ministry. We and our prayers are nothing more than tools. Out of love and compassion his desire for the world is:
(1) He wants everyone free from the evil that brings harm to humans.
(2) He wants to use us to cure diseases.
(3) He wants us to proclaim that his kingdom and his rule are available to everyone.
Both deliverance from evil and the healing of the sick reveal the loving presence of God, who is active in the world. This is a very powerful way to proclaim the presence of his rule.
I rejoice every Sunday when I attend Maywood Baptist and see people free from the evil that has harmed their lives for years.
I encourage you to listen to our video today on YouTube. John relates how God has healed people with whom he has come into contact.
The next words from Jesus seem like an exaggeration. However, Jesus never exaggerates when he calls his followers into action.
Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and will do greater works than these because I am going to the Father.
“I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
“If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it” (John 14.12-14).
If we are willing to join Jesus in his healing ministry, we first must do what he did. He lived in such a way with the Father that God could trust his power to the Son.
We have to be trustworthy and available to God’s activity through us.
Notice how Jesus repeated his prayer promise. To ask in “Jesus’ name” is to ask according to his character and nature.
When we are aligned with the character of Christ, prayer will open the door for the power of God to heal and set people free from evil.
This is not only something that we can do, it is something that Jesus wants to be done. He knows the immense need in the world. He asks people to pray that people will join the labor of love that is so dear to his heart.
I hope you will be encouraged by this article to join Jesus in his loving work.
About This Blog
The interview with John can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. We will have another article and interview on healing tomorrow.
If you have a prayer request, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood Baptist prayer team will pray for you.