Healing Part 1: My Story
by Christopher Paré
I’ve been drafting out a few new posts this week, then I remembered that I was going to share my experiences with miraculous healing. I’ve decided to share an excerpt of a sermon I preached on healing back in 2008 because I think hearing the story gives a greater understanding of how real this is. The clip is about 10 minutes long.
Also, here is another healing story that I got to be a part of.
God is Good.
We as Christians walk in faith that God is who He says He is. God heals, and that is not something that will ever cease. It isn’t about God being a vending machine, and it isn’t about comprehending or understanding why we don’t always see healing in the ones we love. It’s about taking God at His Word, and believing that Jesus Christ is truly the same yesterday, today, and forever. Praying for the sick to be healed is a practical response to Christ’s commandment to pray that the Kingdom would come on Earth as it is in Heaven, and is an invitation to welcome the Spirit of God into people’s lives.
Taking an interest in someone’s infirmity and seeking out a solution to their hurts is a very real way for you to show someone that you love them and is also a deeply intimate act of worship. As you come before God with a request to heal, you are acknowledging that this natural world is not all there is, that He is the author, creator, and finisher of all things, and nothing is outside of His sovereignty.
You don’t have to be wacky or flamboyant to pray for the sick. There doesn’t need to be a show. All it takes is a willing heart. There is no such thing as failure because the power to heal does not find its origin in you, but in the living God who works through you.
Healing is a core theme of the New Testament. We need only go four chapters in to find an instance of Christ healing people (Matthew 4:23), and many of his teachings came out of discussions with the pharisees after He had healed (Luke 13, 14 etc).
I believe that the truth of miraculous healing presents a great deal of opportunity for us as Christians to walk out our faith in Christ. I plan to delve deeper into my meditations about healing in the future, but I encourage you to seek God in prayer about this topic. I trust that it will change your outlook on life and give you a greater sense of awe and wonder concerning your God and savior.