When you are young, health is something that can be taken for granted. This blessing is often forgotten until storms, trials or unexpected events arrive. Thus, when my eye doctor recently told me I was losing vision in my right eye, I wasn’t sure what to think. After a week of contemplation, prayer and reflection, my future lies in confession, faith and healing.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective, James 5:16.
The first 4 books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, also known as the Gospels detail close to 40 specific miracles performed by Jesus. Although the audience and context of each author differs, there is a similar theme found before Jesus’ healing is complete. Several cases involve an affliction, condition or disease that is related to some type of curse which requires confession. Other individuals came to a point in life they began to accept their physical state, giving up hope of ever finding a cure. These people were questioned by Jesus, seeing if desire and faith within would be reborn.
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” – John 5:5-6
When you find yourself in need of healing, there are 2 questions you must dwell upon. First, have you sinned against God, someone else or your own body? Second, is there any area of your life where you’ve resigned, lost hope or believe you won’t succeed. Depending upon the conviction you receive from the Holy Spirit, you may need to publicly confess your transgressions, ask God for the faith of Elisha or do both. In the end, you will find that after confession and faith, healing will follow. It might not always be the outcome you desire but as Job once said, ” the Lord gives and the Lord takes away,”
by Jay Mankus