47. Healing

One of the most overlooked, or often ignored, teaching of Jesus is Matthew 6:6-8 (RSV). There he says, "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who is in secret will reward you. And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him."

Most of us think prayer is a matter of telling God what we want, and then waiting for him to deliver. The idea of being quiet and waiting for God to act fades from lack of faith. When you are still, Jesus will come to you. Invite him in.

In the "Lord's Prayer" you read about God's will. Let God's will be done now. Be still, with eyes closed, and wait for the Lord. Ask Jesus to bring into your mind a scene, and event, that needs healing. Be patient and soon a memory will appear in your "mind's eye." Ask Jesus to come into the scene and "look around" for him. You will know when he is there. You will either "see" him or feel his presence. Watch what he does. He will minister to you in a personal way, so dynamic you know the experience is real. You will be changed.

Each time a scene ends with his healing action, ask him for another. When no more come, ask him if he wants you to stop or wait for another scene. He will let you know. When you are sure his visit has ended, thank him for coming.

If possible, have another person of faith with you when you ask for this healing. Spiritual events can be more dynamic when two or more pray together. To understand this, look at Matthew 18:19,20 and James 5:16.

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