Firelight

Bible Verse

“’You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.'” — Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

Reflection

I was sitting by a warm fire praying. At first, I noticed how bright the flames were, as they leaped around the logs. Then I realized that wherever the flames were burning, the logs appeared golden all around. The light wasn’t just in the flames. Every part of the logs behind, around, and over the flames lit up with a brilliant golden hue.

The glow from the fire lit everything around it, making the fireplace brighter. Such a simple truth, but one so often missed.

When you have the Spirit of the Lord Jesus living inside you, you should be shining just as brightly with the flame of His light. Everyone and everything around you should light up. People should feel inspired and encouraged, even convicted, to step into the fullness of God’s love, simply because you allow His Spirit to light up the room.

How do you carry this light? By letting the Holy Spirit consume every part of your heart. The logs where the flames leaped were burned up by the power of that fire. The fire consumed them, and they shone brightly, and lit up the fireplace. The more you give your heart to God, and let His Spirit take over, the brighter everyone and everything will be in this world.

Prayer

Holy Spirit, please consume us with Your fire in every part of our hearts, so that Your light will shine brightly all around.

Thought for the Day

Where are you holding back your heart from the Holy Spirit’s consuming love? Will you surrender that part of your heart to Him today?

God Knows How to Heal You

Scripture Verse

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” – Psalm 139:13-14
(NKJV)

Reflection

Psalm 139 is a powerful prayer for healing. Many times in the Healing Rooms, our team speaks this Psalm over a visitor who has come for healing prayer.

When we pray this Psalm, we are reminding the person, down to the very cells of her body, that she is fearfully and wonderfully made by God.

God created you. He planned you. He formed you. He delights in you.

He knows the ins and outs of your physical body, and He knows how to heal you.

In praying Psalm 139, we often say, “Lord, please remind each cell of her body that You created her, that every cell of her body belongs to You. Lord, we ask that her body line up with Your Word, and be restored
to exactly the way You created her to be. In Jesus’ name.”

We believe that prayer not only speaks God’s healing over the person, but also exhorts the cells of the person’s body to receive His healing.

Prayer

Lord, use this moment, right now, to speak Your healing over each one of us. Speak to the very cells of our being, and help us to shake off infirmity and line up with Your Word, with the way You created us to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Take a moment to pray Psalm 139 over yourself. Sit quietly with God as He heals you, and let your body respond to His healing. If it’s difficult for you to pray this over yourself, ask a friend to pray this psalm over you.

Freedom for Blessings

Scripture Verse

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: ‘Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.’” – Deuteronomy 28:2-6 (NKJV)

Reflection

This passage of scripture is just the beginning of a list of blessings the Lord promises His people for their obedience. This is the Old Testament, but the promises are not moot. The promises are fulfilled by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Where we don’t see these blessings in our lives, including our health, something is blocking them. It may be generational iniquity, a curse in the land, or sin in our heart.

In whatever ways our blessings are blocked, our Lord Jesus Christ stands in for us to release these blessings. All He asks is that we surrender to Him. Surrender our hearts fully to Him. Stand in repentance for our personal sin, for our family’s generational sin, and for cleansing of our land.

God wants us to be blessed, more than we can possibly imagine or expect. Where our blessings are blocked, He is ready and willing to show us how to find freedom, wholeness, and healing in Christ. All we have to do is ask, and be ready to surrender our whole hearts in repentance and obedience to Him.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for the promises of Your blessings that are fulfilled through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Show us today where we have blocked Your blessings, through our own sin, or through generational iniquity. Show us the path to freedom in Christ Jesus, in every area of our hearts and generational lines. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Ask God to show you what sins in your life or in your family’s lineage are blocking the blessings He has promised you.

Do You Believe God Heals?

Scripture Verse

“Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, ‘Talitha, cumi,’ which is translated, ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise.’ Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.” – Mark 5:41-42 (NKJV)

Reflection

The Lord has given me several dreams about healing. One I am unlikely to forget.

In the dream, I was in a hospital room where a teenager lay in a coma. Her friends came to pray for her, and the Lord reminded them to pray in faith, as Jesus did for the little girl in the scripture.

As the girls prayed, their friend woke from her coma and sat up. An instant later, as her friends stared in disbelief, she jumped from the bed and said, “Let’s eat.” As she bounced through the doorway into the hall, she turned and said, “Aren’t you coming?”

Slowly her bewildered friends got up to join her.

When I woke from this dream, the Lord reminded me that we need to believe in what we’re praying. We shouldn’t be surprised when He heals. Awestruck, yes. Humbled and grateful, absolutely. But surprised? No. God is our Healer. We need to pray in the faith that He will heal us, and thank Him in awestruck wonder and gratitude when He does.

Prayer

Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief! Thank You for teaching us to pray in faith of what You will do as our Healer. Help us to rejoice in gratitude when the healing takes place. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Do you believe God heals?

A Vibrant Spirit

Scripture Verse

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)

Reflection

Have you ever gone to visit someone who was physically ill, but you came away feeling joyful because that person’s spirit was joyful?

When we have good health and vibrant life in our spirit, we radiate joy despite our physical suffering. Folks who come into our presence will feel that joy. They will leave feeling uplifted, rather than down. When our spirit is lively, often we recover more quickly from our physical ailments as well.

Yet if our spirit is not healthy, if our heart is despondent, folks will feel sad and hurting in our presence. Our physical recovery will be slower.

I will never forget the honor of praying for a young lady suffering from brain cancer. Her family surrounded her during the prayer time, and I felt that the heavens were open. I felt the Spirit of the Lord, and His joy, radiating from her. I was lifted to a better place for having prayed over her.

Shortly after that she did pass away. I was saddened for her family, as they grieved the loss of their precious loved one. But to this day, I remember the joy she shared so unsparingly with all of us. Despite her illness, and the suffering I know she experienced, her spirit was alive and well … and is to this day.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for the gift of our spirit. Despite our physical suffering, we can experience life and joy to the fullest, by Your Holy Spirit in us. Help us to stay healthy in our spirit life, so we may thrive and be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Can you remember a time when someone blessed you by the life and joy they carried in their spirit? Ask God to help you live from that deep well of spiritual joy.

Unfiltered, Unwashed, Unplugged

Scripture Verse

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to You. Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble; incline Your ear to me; in the day that I call, answer me speedily.” – Psalm 102:1-2 (NKJV)

Reflection

Healing begins with a heart cry. Many of the Psalms are written this way, as God models the heart cry for us. The Psalmist cries out from the most broken place of his heart. As we continue to read deeper into the psalm, we see where the Holy Spirit comes in and meets the psalmist in his despair. That’s where healing begins: when we invite God into the most broken places of our heart.

Too often folks believe they need to prepare their hearts themselves before inviting God in for healing. That’s a way of saying, “Let me heal myself first, God, to the best of my ability, and then I’ll let You in to help.”

Don’t wait. Invite Him now. If you are hurting in your heart, or need healing in your body, or in any part of your life, put down the box of Band-aids and Merthiolate. Just invite God into your place of pain. Let Him do the rest.

Prayer

Lord, forgive us that we try to heal ourselves. We cannot. You are our Healer. Keep us mindful of Your overwhelming love for us. Prompt us to invite You into all the places where we are hurting – heart, mind, body, spirit. Help us to cry out to You from the depths of our heart. Thank You that You hear our heart cries. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

Take a moment now and just share your heart with God. Unfiltered, unwashed, unplugged.

No Matter How We Hurt Ourselves

Scripture Verse

“‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him
a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!'” – Matthew 7:7-11 (NKJV)

Reflection

I was tired and in the throes of final exam study. A sudden noise outside my door startled me. As if to make it stop, I hit my hand against the wall. What I didn’t realize was the wooden door frame jutted out right where my wrist made contact. Ouch! I dropped to the floor, rolling in pain, crying, instinctively asking the Lord to lift the trauma.

A bump rose quickly on my wrist, and it seemed like a deep contusion, possibly a hairline fracture. I wondered – Could I really ask God to heal an injury that was my fault? I contacted a friend, a prayer minister, to ask. Here was her response: “If your cat ate a poisonous toad, would you be angry with her? No! You would get help for her.”

So too does our Father God want to help us, no matter what we have done to hurt ourselves. Along with the healing He gives us also come words of wisdom, conviction, and perhaps correction: in my case, how to stay in peace next time, and not to react with such force to sudden noises. But certainly His healing does not come with condemnation. God does not condemn us; that’s the enemy that brings those feelings, the desire to beat ourselves up over our mistakes. God brings firm but loving conviction of how not to make those mistakes again.

The following Sunday I was at a healing service and God nudged me that He was healing my wrist during worship. The same prayer minister friend came up and, without remembering the injury, placed her thumb on the injured spot. I thought I would have cringed. Instead, I felt no pain. Only the presence of God bringing healing. My wrist now is fine. Thank You, Lord!

Prayer

Father God, thank You that Your desire is to heal us, no matter what foolish things we may do to hurt ourselves. Thank You for the wisdom that comes with Your healing, so we can begin to grow in ways of
learning to take better care of ourselves. Thank You that when we are hurt, no matter what the cause, we can come to You, Jehovah Rapha, our Healer, and You will respond with healing in Your wings. We love
You, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

What is an area in which you’ve hesitated to ask God for help, because you thought it was your fault? Will you ask Him for help now? Listen for His response.

A Great Psalm for Healing

Scripture Verse

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems
your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” – Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV)

Reflection

One of many things I love about the Psalms is they teach us to remember who God is and what He does for us every day.

Psalm 103 is one of the best healing prayers in the Bible. If you want to pray for someone for their healing, and you’re not sure what to say, pray this Psalm over that person. The words speak to body, soul, and
spirit, reminding the person inside and out of who God is, and how much He desires to heal.

Which iniquities does God forgive? ALL.

Which diseases does He heal? ALL.

From what does He redeem our life? From total destruction.

That is an amazing, loving, good, faithful, healing God. There is nothing He cannot do for His children. Our biggest struggle is often that we forget who He is, and what He wants to do for us.

This Psalm will help us receive His truth in every fiber of our being. Pray it for yourself and for your loved ones today. God is good.

Prayer

Heavenly Father God, thank You for how much You love us. Thank You for reminding us of Your awesomeness, and how much You do for us each day. Often we are so unaware of what You do for us, and we put up so many walls that keep us from receiving Your goodness and love. Help us to turn to You in all things, and to trust You. Help us to receive Your goodness, faithfulness, and healing each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

What has God done for you, this week alone? Take the time to remember and to thank Him.

No Need to Shift Gears

Scripture

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Meditation

Last week, I started to feel burned out around the edges. The Lord called me back to the daily spiritual disciplines I’d neglected: praying in the Spirit, meditating on Scripture, worshiping and practicing His presence. I spent two glorious days practicing these things and resting in the Spirit. The second afternoon, it was time to go back to work at the Church. I had a prayer ministry session on my schedule, followed by a healing class and a middle school class. As I got ready to leave, I said, “It’s hard to switch gears, Lord.” What I meant was that it was hard to come out of that place of resting in His Spirit, so that I could “go to work.” The Lord seemed to smile and say, “Which gear were you going to shift to, Janet? Is this resting place with you and Me not working?” I had to laugh. He is so wise! He was right (of course). He didn’t bring me back to that place of resting in His Spirit and depending on Him for everything, just to send me out to do His work in another gear! I went to work that afternoon, still in that place of spiritual rest. It was the best workday I’d had in a long time.

Prayer

Lord, help us to find our place of rest in Your Spirit, whether we’re resting at home or busy at work. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thought for the Day

Where can you find rest in Him today?

Wait for It

Scripture Verse

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

Meditation

This summer, I got an aquarium. It had been years since I’d had an aquarium, and I felt very “new” as I walked into the pet store. I asked for help – from A to Z. The person who helped me advised that I “cycle the tank” before adding fish. She said it would require patience. It could take six or more weeks, but it would help ensure a better environment for the fish. I agreed to try it.

She told me what to expect. I was to “feed” the tank every day – adding a small amount of food as if the fish were there. After a week or so, the tank would become cloudy. She told me to expect a mess – the water would look horrible and the tank might smell.

“Your friends will think you’re crazy, but tell them it’s normal and you know what you’re doing,” she said. “After a few weeks, the tank will clear up. Then you’ll siphon out twenty percent of the water, add new water, and you will be ready for fish.”

It happened just the way she described. My beautiful fish tank turned disgusting. The water was thick; the smell inside the tank was horrible. It stayed that way for weeks. I waited. I began to wonder … did I do something wrong? Was this cloudy mess ever going away? Surely I had missed a step.

Finally, at the six-week mark, something amazing happened. The water cleared instantly. I sat and watched it. I’d never seen anything like it. It’s been clear ever since. It’s ready for fish.

For several weeks before the water cleared, I had lost faith. Up until the day before, I was focused on what I might have done wrong, never expecting that the water could clear from such a mess. How often do we feel that way in our lives? We know God’s promises, but our eyes and our senses tell us the water isn’t clearing as promised. God says, “Wait for it … ” But we fret. Then, when it happens the way He promised all along, we are amazed.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, strengthen us in faith, so that we believe Your promises, even when our eyes and our senses deceive us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thought for the Day

Where in your life do you need to “wait for it … ” ?