When someone you love is in the hospital, it is a very stressful time. The family spends hours sitting around, waiting. Furthermore, with the pandemic, some patients can’t even have visitors, which makes the suffering worse. Truly, the patient spends all their time waiting; for the physician to come in, or for the test results, or to spend time with their loved one. Additionally, they just want to be well again so they can go home and life can return to normal.
Care Around the World
I had the privilege of visiting hospitals in several countries. But, 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. For example, the scary sights I saw included open windows in the operating areas, and doctors hanging up disposable rubber gloves for reuse for the next patient. Additionally, I observed boxes of used casts nearby that the staff would use again on another person. The physicians even left lots of needles lying around unwrapped. Therefore, my prayer every mission trip includes asking God to keep the team members from a sickness or injury severed enough to require a visit to a local hospital. In fact, we purchase traveler’s insurance that allows for medical evacuations for the team if any extreme situation occur. Praise the Lord; we have never used it.
“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.”Acts 19:12
The local people in countries like Kenya, Nepal, and Myanmar do not get many options for their health care. If they are sick, they have to visit one of the local hospitals or clinics. Additionally, in these countries, the patients’ families often are the only source of care. This is because hospitals do not provide food, bedside care, or cleaning services. Also, there are shortages of doctors and nurses, which forces the family to do a lot of the care of the patient themselves. The problems are more pronounced in rural areas. Sut San Niang, an orphan from our orphanage in Myanmar, contracted juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Also, she will suffer pain for most of her life without the benefits of medicines that are available to us here.The next time you are dealing with an illness, remember Jesus is the great physician Click To Tweet
The Great Physician
The Bible talks about doctors in several places. In fact, the gospel writer Luke was a physician before he was a disciple. History suggests that Luke traveled with Paul during his missions. But, we also hear about Jesus healing the sick throughout his ministry. For example, I love the verse in Acts 19:12, which tells us how any piece of cloth that touched Jesus’ skin healed the sick just by touching it. 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. In fact, the power of our great physician can still heal us. Through prayers, we can ask for the power of Jesus to heal our family, friends, and ourselves. Consequently, His perfect plan for our lives might allow us to suffer and experience disease, illness, and hardship. Therefore, 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.James 5:13-15
The next time you are dealing with an illness, remember Jesus is the great physician. In fact, you can pray for His healing powers to touch the lives of those around you. Also, we are placing Sut in God’s hands and trusting Him for her healing. In conclusion, 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 ill and suffering today. Thank you for the blessing of your touch. Amen
Yvonne M. Morgan, author, blogger, and speaker.
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.”
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