Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Holy Spirit's Role in Healing

Looking back over which posts here have been read the most often, I noticed a printable prayer chart for the brain ranks the second highest. 

Most of us who pray have been told that God likes specifics when we approach Him, so using a chart while interceding or petitioning is not a bad idea. It's not a bad idea at all.

Yet as I think back over this healing journey of mine, it has occurred to me that I am pretty sure I have failed to mention the Holy Spirit's role in my own life. I want to correct that right now. I know Him, love Him, and have sought Him for every single need I've ever had over the last 15 years or so.

Basically, He is the part of the Trinity responsible for healing.  Now for some of you, this is a no-brainer. For others, this could be a bitter pill to swallow. Even among Christians, the Holy Spirit is almost a taboo subject. Even so, Matthew 12:28 clearly reveals it is He who heals.

We see this because in the preceding verses, a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and the Lord healed Him. Yet when the Pharisees heard of this, they said, "It is only by Beezlebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."

But Jesus replied, "If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself...but if it is by the Holy Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." Jesus had no superpower. When He healed people, it was by the power of the Spirit.

This makes total sense to me. All of you are praying for the healing of brain function when you pray for the healing of autism. What other entity could flow so easily through spaces so tiny that not even the end of a needle could permeate? 

And that is what needs to happen by the way. The Holy Spirit needs to be invited into any healing prayer session in order to touch and reach the very thing you want healed. Without Him going into those dark places, prayer becomes as difficult and labored as sitting on a three-legged stool with one of those legs missing. Guess who has to hold it up in that case? The person sitting on it. And in due time, that person will become aware of just how much effort they have to make in order to just sit down. As we all know, sitting should be an effortless activity. So it is with prayer. We do the talking and listening, but God does the doing. All of it because it's not by might nor power, but by His Spirit.

You cannot heal anyone by praying the right prayers with the right charts and information. This is striving with human effort. It is only through and by the power of the Holy Spirit that miracles and transformation happen. If you don't know Him, but want Him in your life, find out what you need to do to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. I can promise you, when you receive Him, your life will never, ever be the same! 



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