Date: Tuesday, March 25
Scripture: Matthew 4:23-25
Verse: So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. (Matthew 4:24)
There is a growing curiosity in the scientific community about a connection between prayer and healing. I recently Googled the phrase “connection between prayer and healing” and received about 62.4 million results. Most of what I am seeing on the first page of results are from reputable sites such as WebMD.com, universities, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, The Washington Post, and Reader’s Digest. Many of them report on studies done by researchers and physicians. In the last 15 years or so, I have noticed the growing acceptance among the medical community to have pastors and others offer prayers of their patients. Some congregants have even reported to me times when their surgeons have prayed with them before a procedure.
Physical healing was a huge part of Jesus’ earthly ministry. As reported in today’s passage, Jesus moved from town to town healing those of various diseases. I used to think this was something Jesus did to increase his popularity, giving people a reason to listen to him. But a closer reading shows this isn’t the case. The popularity came, but Jesus’ motive was simply to lessen suffering. As a harbinger of the Kingdom of God coming it its fulness, Jesus was bringing wholeness to all who came into his presence.
Jesus continues to be our healer today. Sharing with us the same vision of a new, whole life to come in the Kingdom of God.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being my healer. Amen.
Action: Pray for one who is in need of Jesus’ healing touch.
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