And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:13
Televised sports often feature highlight reels that reveal the best plays of an individual athlete. If Jesus had a highlight film, what would it feature? We can imagine His greatest works to be His miracles: walking on water, healing the sick and afflicted, and raising people from the dead.
Why were miracles so important to Jesus, and why are they so important to us?
When God heals something, He realigns it to the way it was meant to be, according to His design
In this series, we have explored how God’s supernatural healing can be compared to the work of a chiropractor who brings the spine back into alignment to relieve any pressure on nerves that may be causing discomfort or issues in another part of body. When God heals something, He realigns it to the way it was meant to be, according to His design (not necessarily your design or our culture’s design). In this way He can heal relationships, our bodies, our thoughts, our perceptions, etc. As sin causes poor alignment with God’s will, God’s healing straightens things and brings them back into alignment.
But why does God heal? Matthew 6 gives us context as Jesus teaches us how to pray. We acknowledge God’s holiness and ask for His will to be reflected here on earth the same way it comes about in heaven.
Reasons why God heals people:
- He sees their faith
- They glorify Him
- To fulfill His promises
- To teach us
- To lead people to repent
- They ask Him
- To provide ministry opportunities
- To increase their faith
- To manifest the kingdom of God
- He has compassion
1. Supernatural activity validated Jesus’ relationship with the Father. John 10:37
If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; John 10:37
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus had just claimed that He was the Christ. In response, people threatened to stone Him, but He called upon the works He had been doing as the proof of His claim. Jesus’ miracles were proof that He knew the Father intimately.
In your own life, why should others believe that you know God? Reading the Bible and going to church is usually not proof enough for others to believe. But power is evidence – seeing the works of God in your life that no one else could do. Ask yourself: if my relationship with God is validated by God’s power in my life, how much validation do I carry? What changes have you experienced in your life, your attitude, your words, your relationships, and your actions?
2. Supernatural activity was evidence of the Kingdom. Luke 9:1-2
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Luke 9:1-2
Power is the ability to do.
Authority is a license to use power.
When you pray in Jesus’ name, you are using the authority of God to bring about His will by His power.
But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Luke 11:20
When God’s supernatural power works through you, it is evidence of the kingdom of God. As believers, we not only have access to God’s supernatural power to bring about His will, but the authority to exercise this power.
3. Supernatural activity authenticated Jesus’ message. Mark 16:20
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:20
Calling upon the name of Jesus as we pray has supernatural power unlike calling upon any other name. The Gospel of Christ is not just information. It is a life-transforming relationship! When people claim to be “born again,” they are changed by the Gospel, and start living in a new way.
4. Supernatural activity defeats the works of the devil.1 John 3:8
God created everything with order, and so His enemy desires to pervert that creation. Whatever God has done to bring life, the devil means to destroy it, bend it, break it, and bring death. This is true for every aspect of our lives – our bodies, our relationships, our opportunities, etc.
If you question whether or not your decisions are aligned with the will of God, ask yourself whether or not it is bringing death. For example, you can still believe in Jesus and go to heaven if you smoke cigarettes, but remember that your body is the temple of God. Is smoking bringing health or death…to your body? To others? To your belongings? To your finances?
If you discover something in your own actions, relationships, decisions, etc. that is bringing death, pray to the Lord, and ask Him to remove it from your life.
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8
Jesus comes to destroy the plots of the devil. By His power He realigns things to their rightful state and bring abundant life.
Practice praying for someone’s healing today!
Prayer for Healing
- Ask or describe what needs to be healed. Mark 9:21
- Ask if you believe that God can heal. Mark 9:23
"Say “Jehovah Rapha, ‘The Lord Who heals,’ loves you.” Exodus 15:26
- Ask if repentance is needed for anything like bitterness, a lack of faith, or resentment. Mark 9:24
- Invite the Holy Spirit to heal and restore.
- Ask the person for whom you prayed how s/he feels.