This week, two of our good friends ended up in the hospital. Layne, who is in his 30s, with extremely high blood pressure and chest pains. Matt, who is in his mid-40s, with a severe infection. Layne is home now with his family. Matt is fighting for his life in ICU.
A few days before Layne and Matt got sick, my daily Bible reading took me to Mark 5. I read about three individuals: the demon-possessed man who was delivered and made whole; Jairus, the high-ranking official, who came to Jesus on behalf of his dying daughter; and the desperate woman who had suffered with a bleeding problem for 12 years. All of them cried out to Jesus. All of them witnessed a miracle.
What intrigues me most about these stories, though, is what preceded their restoration:
1. The demon-possessed man ran and fell on his knees in front of Him (5:6).
2. When Jairus saw Jesus, he fell at his feet (5:22).
3. The woman with the bleeding problem fell at Jesus’ feet (5:33).
What did all three do? They worshiped the Lord. As a result, their faith played a major part in their healing.
How should we respond when tragedy strikes? In the same way. We must worship.
When we praise the the Lord in the midst of difficulty, we are, in essence, declaring God has the power to do the impossible. We are inviting him to demonstrate his glory in our circumstances, and, in doing so, we’re opening the door for the miraculous to occur.
As I’ve meditated on these verses the past few days, my intercession for Matt has changed. Of course, I’m still praying for his physical healing. However, I’m spending more time praising the Lord and acknowledging his greatness. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” In other words, the One who performed the miracles in Mark 5 is alive and well today. He is still Jehovah-Raphe! He is still the God who heals!
If you or a loved one needs healing, you can find hope in the Lord. Take time to worship the King of kings, and find strength in his presence. He will carry you through this time with his perfect peace. His unfailing love will be your shield and comfort.
Also, would you take a moment right now to intercede for my friend, Matt? Praise God with me. After all, there is a miracle in the making!
“Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.” – Psalm 89:52