One of the most amazing and hope giving names of God in scripture is Jehovah Rapha “The Lord who heals.” (Exodus 15:26) That promise to heal is forever my testimony after the healing God has brought to my life.
God miraculously rescued me from an accident that broke my neck in 4 places. There just so happened to be a spinal cord specialist in town at the time. Coincidentally, a rehab doctor was praying for me at Health South, and luckily there was a therapist with strong faith to push me in my recovery.
God works with certainty and planning – not coincidences – and puts people into our lives to bring us healing and comfort.
Jesus came into a world of broken, lost, and hurting people and offered healing out of His mercy and compassion for us. His Holy Spirit-powered ministry had a mission to restore and save us. (Luke 4:18-19)
Healing is to be offered to one another as a gift to reveal God’s power, to be like Christ, to glorify God (1 Cor. 12:8-11), and to show the power of faith. (James 5:15)
But are we sometimes afraid to ask for help or to believe that healing still happens?
The M25 Ministry is a group of bikers that provide a meal at Genesis some Sundays. You think of the bald guy with the goatee, 20-inch tattooed biceps, and the leather jacket with a cross on the back – and yes, that guy was there.
What you don’t think of from a motorcycle ministry is a meek, unassuming, well-dressed man with the gift of healing. Who just happened to be with them the first time I’d ever joined them.
While telling a friend that my neck was killing me, the M25 leader announced that a special guest, Steve Highfill, with them. Steve and his wife are missionaries, and the Holy Spirit is using him powerfully.
Steve prayed “Lord, you’re telling me that someone in this room is in agony with neck pain, please give me the Holy Spirit to heal them.”
My heart raced as I raised my hand and he walked towards me.
“What would you like me to do for you”, he asked – mirroring Jesus’ question to the blind man in Mark 10:51: “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
“I want to be free of pain,” I responded.
“Do you have faith in Christ and trust that Jesus can heal you?”
After all, I’d been through I knew the answer deep down, but was hesitant to believe that it could happen in a room filled with people eating stew and cornbread. “Yes, I do.”
Steve placed his hand upon my neck, and warmth and comfort began instantly.
“That’s the power of God’s Spirit at work in you”, he assured.
I could feel the healing as he prayed, “Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Holy Spirit. Give this man all you want for him. Heal him for your glory. Amen.”
Steve, not doing anything through his own power but fully acting as a vessel of the Holy Spirit had just engaged in the act of healing.
He somehow knew I was hurting somewhere else, and I mentioned my hip pain. It wasn’t as immediate, but the pain was relieved by his touch. He said that God was going to fix this pain, but it was going to take more time.
Days later while on my knees asking for healing, my hip ‘popped!’ and I haven’t felt such relief in my hips for years.
Wanting to share this miracle, I asked my friend Debra over. She struggles with her vision, and as Steve laid hands on her it was the same result:
The same warmth that followed my comfort and healing allowed Debra to focus and see clearly for the first time in months.
Healing can come in many different forms including physical healing, spiritual healing, emotional healing, and relational healing.
Our friend Ray was there also – and he struggles in many ways. Joining Steve in prayer for Ray, there was a sense of God’s love pouring out of Steve into Ray. Afterward, Ray spoke of having a peace and calm like he’d never known.
God heals us by our faith, using His Spirit, out of His great love for us, and to bring Jesus glory and praise.
‘Lord, we come to you with our brokenness, our hurts, our concerns – knowing that you have healing in your wings, compassion for your children, and mercy upon your creation. Please give us the physical, mental, relational, and spiritual healing we need to be comforted and at peace. We thank you that you are the Lord who heals – and we give you all our praise and love. In the name of the One who lived, healed, and died out of love – Jesus Christ, Amen.’
Local Mission Coordinator