Jesus heals people. Spend any time in prayer ministry, and there will be moments when you might see Him do some of the things some of us have seen in response to prayer: chronic headaches cease, breast lumps disappear, skin rashes clear up, joint pain just... goes away. Sometimes He works through doctors, or sometimes only through prayer (or both); sometimes He does it immediately, sometimes gradually, or after lots of prayer. Other times a condition stays, but acute symptoms find relief. Sometimes He does a deeper work in the heart before He touches the body, and physical healing does not come. But He hears prayer, and whatever He does, He does out of compassion for the person and to call attention to Himself.
God is alive and well and is intensely interested in making people whole. Let's face it: we are not whole people. Humanity is broken. You and I suffer emotionally, physically, spiritually. We are defective, hurting, wounded, and, if we're honest, readily capable of hurting or withholding mercy from others far more often than we'd care to admit. Before we ever get to "the Good News,"(the Gospel), we've got to come to understand that this is "the Bad News." In our natural state, every single one of us finds ourselves in this bad news, Gospel-less sickroom; we are fractured, sinful, and desperately in need of a cure.
The Gospel is literally "the Good News" when a person clings to it and begins to trust Jesus. This good news is that God Himself came as a man in the person of Jesus Christ, offering His life to ransom us out of our spiritual sickroom. He invites us all to leave our old lives behind, to trust Him, to begin anew and become friends with God. The wholeness He offers us is receiving His forgiveness of our sins, the healing of our souls, and sometimes our bodies. Forgiveness and healing are both a part of the salvation that Jesus offers. In fact, the Greek word sozo, that we translate "salvation," literally means "wholeness." When Jesus ministered to people, He ministered as the Saver of Souls and the Healer of Bodies. In fact, His power and willingness to heal people's broken bodies was a compassionate sign of His power and willingness to save them from the penalty of their sins.
Jesus has told those who believe in Him to tell others to go to Him for forgiveness and a new life; to likewise believe the Gospel. He has also told us to pray for the healing of the sick and suffering. At Boscawen Congregational, we held a time where people could receive healing prayer during April's Communion Service. Several took advantage of the opportunity to be briefly anointed and prayed over in Jesus' name. No prayer minister has the power in themselves to heal anyone, but Jesus sure does. Opening up times for Healing Prayer Ministry creates a space for people to meet with Jesus at their point of their need, so He can bless them, build their faith, and call attention to Himself and the compassionate God that He is.
Boscawen Congregational will offer Healing Prayer Ministry during Communion on June 5th at our 10am service. God is alive and well. Come meet Him for forgiveness and healing.