'Keep taking the Medicine'

 

Dear friends

‘This pain started twelve years ago. After joining the Royal Marines it became extremely bad. I had seen the top physiotherapist in the Armed Forces but with no successful result. The cartilage below the knee cap was completely gone. Hence, there was bone on bone and that was very painful. This injury has caused a massive set back in my life. Last year was the worst when the ligaments and the tendons were torn and the knee cap went in a 45 degree angle. It has been a long and painful journey. I could not sit or stand for long. 

Cut a long story short, I decided to try God and try Alpha. I got back from the Alpha weekend and I heard people testifying and I was thinking, yeah, yeah, yeah. When someone said about a cartilage issue, I took the sharpest breath I ever took. I agreed to be prayed for. I felt God moving in my knee. I dropped on my knees to test it and remarkably no pain. It’s just miraculous. I went for  a run last night …it was the first time after a very long time I haven’t had any pain. God is real. If he can do this after such a long time there is nothing I am restricted to’. So wrote Quincy Bellot six months after an Alpha weekend at HTB. 

There are times in our lives when we are desperate for healing – either for ourselves or for others. Sometimes when we pray for healing we see immediate answers and a complete healing can take place before our eyes. At other times it may be progressive healing, in stages, just as the gradual healing comes following a course of treatment from the Doctor. This requires on-going persistent prayer. At other times we might see no change to the condition for which we are praying. That doesn’t mean we give up praying any more than you might give up on going to the Doctor, but it does mean we need to persevere and contend for our healing in prayer. The passage of scripture that we looked at a few Sundays ago (Exodus 17:8-16) which recalls the battle fought on the plain between the Israelites and the Amalekites, whilst Moses prayed on the hill with his arms held up by Aaron and Hur reminds us of the link between the unseen spiritual world and the physical world in which we live. As Moses fought the battle in prayer (and it was a battle which was exhausting hence the support of Hur and Aaron) so the outcome in the valley for good or ill was directly affected.

We fight for the well being and health of those around us through prayer. If we have yet to see the healing we are praying for, we don’t give up, but persevere in prayer.

Jesus demonstrated the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom (his kingly rule and reign) through signs and wonders. 37% of the narratives of the Gospels deal with the healing ministry of Jesus. He modelled a pattern of ministry for his disciples to then copy as he sent them out, first the 12 (Luke 9) and then the 72 (Luke 10) and encourages the disciples to ‘Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field’ (Matthew 9:38). 

Jesus, to whom all authority in heaven and earth has been given (Matthew 28:18) has now given authority to those who are his children (John 1:12) to exercise this ministry of bringing healing into the lives of those around us. That’s not just physical healing, it includes emotional, spiritual and mental healing as well – God’s Shalom (wholeness). 

If you were on a course of treatment from your Doctor and nothing seems to be happening, you wouldn’t give up. The Doctor would advise you to ‘keep taking the medicine’. If you have not yet received the healing which you are seeking, don’t give up – continue to wrestle and fight and contend for your healing and use the opportunities after our Sunday morning service and the monthly evening Celebration Service (2ndSunday each month at 6pm) to receive prayer from the Prayer ministry team.

St Paul writes: ‘My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on man’s wisdom, but on God’s power’ (1 Corinthians 2:4,). 

May I encourage you to engage in the prayer battle so that more of us will be miraculously healed and God be glorified as we bear witness to the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom in our midst.

Coming Up

Mop Fair - Monday/ Tuesday 10/11 October – 7-10pm

Please pray for all those who might visit us over these two evenings, for a good welcome, conversation and opportunities to pray for individuals. Please do come and be part of the team for either of those two evenings – it is a wonderful opportunity to bless our community.

Stephen