Oct 6th, 2021
Name Dropping: Jehovah Rapha
By: Gary Black
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Matthew 17:20 If you have faith... you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here... and it will. (NLT)

Have you ever prayed for, then received a miracle? I have, many times. Often they’re “small” miracles; other times, they’re huge. Some involve physical healing; others involve emotional or spiritual healing.

Yesterday, I suggested that our prayers don’t guarantee healing, because God often has other plans. His will isn’t to heal all sick people; His will is to get us to Heaven. I think we tend to lose sight of the fact He plays the long game. He doesn’t begin everyday saying, “Let’s see, who can I give a pain-free life to today?” No, more likely He begins each day saying, “How can I draw yet another soul… to Jesus.”

Saying that God always heals ignores one significant problem: He doesn’t. Some say, “We must harness the power of the Holy Spirit,” but last I checked, no one has that power. Scripture likens the Holy Spirit to the wind: “It blows where it wishes” (John 3:8). The only thing we can “harness” the Holy Spirit for is to accomplish whatever our Father’s will is for our lives. He’s not a candy dispenser, a divine genie, or a vending machine. He is God… and we’re not. James said, “We should always pray.” He didn’t say we should always demand results. Always good to remember that. Mother Teresa was one of the greatest Christians of all time, but she wasn’t known for healing; she was known for loving and serving. We can learn from that.

I regularly pray for divine healing and always will. Miracles cause people to glorify God, which I’m all for! But it’s good to remember that He also receives glory when I visit a widow in a nursing home who has Alzheimer's, and I wipe the food from her cheek with a washcloth because her nurse didn’t. I want all God has for you and me, friend, but most of all, I want Him. He’s the prize. Don’t ever forget that.

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