Acts 19:12 “When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled.”
When someone you love is in the hospital, it is a very stressful time. The patient wants to go home, but they must wait for the release. The family spends hours sitting around, waiting. Waiting for the doctor to come in, waiting for the test results or just waiting to spend time with their loved one. The financial burdens of a hospital stay also add to the stress.
I had the privilege of visiting hospitals in several countries, and I use the term privileged as a tongue in cheek statement. The hospitals in Kenya and Nepal certainly made me appreciate our medical system more and more. The scary sights I saw included open windows in the patient wards, disposable rubber gloves hanging up to dry, boxes of used casts waiting for the next patient, and lots of needles lying around unwrapped. My prayer every mission trip is for the team members never to be sick enough or injured enough to visit the hospital. We purchase traveler’s insurance that allows for medical evacuations for the team in any extreme situation. Praise the Lord; we have never used it.
The local people in countries like Kenya, Nepal and Myanmar do not get many options when it comes to their health care. If they are sick, they have to visit one of local hospitals or clinics. In these countries, the families of the patient need to provide a lot of the care themselves because hospitals do not provide food, bedside care or cleaning services. There are shortages of doctors and nurses, which forces the family to do a lot of the care themselves. The problems are more pronounced in the rural areas. Sut San Niang, pictured below, is one of the orphans in Myanmar. Recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sut will suffer pain for most of her life without the benefits of medicines available to us here in the U.S.A.
Doctors are mentioned in the Bible. In fact, the gospel writer Luke was a physician before he was a disciple. It is believed Luke traveled with Paul during his missions. We also hear about Jesus healing the sick throughout his ministry. I love the verse in Acts 19:12 which tells us how any piece of cloth that touched Jesus’ skin was used to heal the sick. Jesus did not even need to be present for His healing power to work. Another example in Luke 8:43-44 tells the story of the women who touched the hem of Jesus’ robe and received instant healing of her bleeding problems. These stories offer us good news even today. Jesus’ power can still heal us. Through prayers, we can ask for the power of Jesus to heal our family, friends and ourselves. Sometimes His perfect plan for our lives might allow us to suffer and experience disease, illness, and hardship. We must trust His perfect plan for us.
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
The next time you are dealing with an illness, remember Jesus is the great healer. Pray for His healing powers to touch the lives of those around you. We are placing Sut in God’s hands and trusting Him for her healing. I found the prayer below on http://www.lords-prayer-words.com:
Prayer for Healing
Lord Jesus, you are the master of life and death. Everything I have is yours, and I love you very deeply. Just one touch from you restores the sick, heals the broken, and transforms the darkness. Please heal those who are sick and suffering today. Thank you for the blessing of your touch.
May the Lord Bless you and keep.
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”