Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
— Matthew 10:8 NIV

I want to start by just giving you some Biblical context for healing.

1. There are tons of examples throughout the gospels of Jesus healing. (Google it for an abundance of references.)
2. Jesus commands his disciples to heal the sick. (Luke 9 & 10)
3. After that, there are tons of examples of the apostles healing. (Gospels and Acts)
4. Healing is listed as a gift of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12.

Healing is a pretty self explanatory gift - nothing super mysterious about it - people are sick and they get restored to health, people are paralyzed and then can walk again. We all know what healing is. So I want to just take a minute to talk about the why.

The command from Jesus to heal the sick - and really every time he uses a spiritual gift - is for the purpose of "declaring that the kingdom of Heaven is near." (Luke 10) Translation: "Heal so that people will find out that God is real and closer than we think, and to come to know him." Almost every time someone was healed in the Bible, the witnesses couldn't help but tell everyone about it! People would see the healing or hear the story, come to know God, and begin to follow Him!

In John 14 Jesus actually says, “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." The way that we are able to do "greater works" is by faith through the spirit. Jesus tells us in these verses that the supernatural movements of the spirit are directly correlated to the faith with which we ask for them. The faith that we have to ask moves God's heart because we are believing Him, knowing him, and giving Him room to really be Him. And when we give him room to do that, people's lives will be changed!!!!! Let's ask Him for healing!

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Jesus, we want faith to believe you as the HEALER!!! Come and open our hearts to you and all that you can do. Give us opportunities to pray for healing from this new place of confidence in who you are.

- Billie Anne Hardigree