Where did the Pope learn to pray for the sick?

I hope you’ve heard about the 10-year-old Italian boy with autism and epilepsy, who sat by the Pope and ended up wearing his skull cap.

Possibly, you also learned that the boy had more serious health concerns that were more severe than his autism and epilepsy.

The Pope told the child’s mother that he would pray for her son.

She said, “He took my hand and said, ‘For you, the impossible does not exist.'”

After tests at the hospital for a possible brain tumor or multiple sclerosis, the mother declared that God had granted a miracle for her son. All of the tests proved negative.

The Pope and every other person who prays for the sick learned how to pray from Jesus.

The Healing Activity of Jesus

Approximately one-third of the accounts of Jesus’ recorded activity involved healing and deliverance.

He proclaimed the presence of the kingdom of God at the beginning of his work.

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news” (Mark 1.15).

As the King of the kingdom, it was Jesus’ responsibility to care for his subjects. His care involved the health and vibrancy of humans.

The kingdom of God is present today.

The Holy Spirit is to believers today what Jesus was to his followers 2000 years ago. The Spirit works through us, just as Jesus worked in first century Israel.

It makes perfect sense that the Spirit would work through the Pope for the benefit of a child, just as he works through lesser known believers for the benefit of others.

Jesus Heals a Child

Luke 8 introduces Jairus, who was a leader of the synagogue. His 12-year-old daughter was at the point of death.

Jairus demonstrates the role we play, when we cooperate with God for the healing of others.

Luke writes, “He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house” (Luke 8.41).

Healing prayer works like this:

(1) Like Jairus, we have to get in contact with the Lord.

(2) We ask the Lord to be present in the lives of the people for whom we pray.

Let’s notice what Jairus didn’t do.

He didn’t tell Jesus what to do or how to fix his daughter. He trusted the fact that if Jesus came in contact with his child, that she would be healed.

More to the Story

If you are reading along in Luke or are familiar with the story, you know that Jesus was interrupted on his way to see the girl. We will study that episode tomorrow.

As Jesus was on his way to the girl, someone came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer” (Luke 8.49).

Apparently, they believed that Jesus could keep the girl alive, but was not able to raise her from the dead.

Jesus responded and said, “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved” (Luke 8.50).

As I was praying through this passage, I was confronted with my faith. I’m going to have hip replacement surgery in a couple of weeks.

The doctor told me that I have severe arthritis in my left knee and the question was whether to operate on the hip or the knee.

As I read this passage and prayed about it, I had to admit that I believed my knee was beyond hope and I hadn’t prayed about it at all.

I realized that my faith is no larger than the family of the girl.

What about you? Do you have any issues that you believe that Jesus won’t help? Have you stopped praying about them?

My personal application of this story is to begin praying about my left knee and a few other issues. I tell myself, “Why not give Jesus a chance?”

In today’s YouTube video Rudy Ross quotes James where he writes, “You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4.2).

Let’s ask and see what Jesus will do.

You can anticipate what happened to the little girl. At Jesus’ command, she got out of bed and had something to eat.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross has several good insights into this passage of Scripture in today’s YouTube video. Our conversation can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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