Week Eight, Day Five
The Hebrew word rophe means "heal, "cure," "restore," or "make whole." Shortly after his people left Egypt for the Promised Land, God revealed himself as Yahweh Rophe, "the LORD who heals." The Hebrew Scriptures indicate that God is the source of all healing. As you pray to Yahweh Rophe, ask him to search your heart. Take time to let him show you what it contains. If he uncovers any sin, ask for his forgiveness and then pray for healing. The New Testament reveals Jesus as the Great Physician, the healer of body and soul, whose miracles point to the kingdom of God.
If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statues, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you. (Exodus 15:26 NKJV)
PROMISES ASSOCIATED WITH GOD'S NAME
Physical healing is a temporary remedy for mortal bodies. Ultimately, God's healing work on this earth points to the healing all of us will receive in heaven, where there will be no such thing as birth defects, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, AIDS, strokes, depression, diabetes, leukemia, hemophilia, asthma, or even the common cold. Yet healing in the here and now is a great blessing, one that can come as the result of faith and prayer. In this world, where "pain" is still a constant part of our vocabulary, we need to hold fast to Yahweh Rophe, asking him to reveal himself as "the LORD who heals us."
Promises in Scripture
This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. (2 Kings 20:5)
Praise the LORD,O my soul;
|all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD,O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. (Psalm 103:1-5)
Jesus said to Jairus,"Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed." (Luke 8:50)
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. (James 5:14-15)
Continued Prayer and Praise
Ask God for forgiveness and healing. (Psalm 38)
Pray for healing. (Isaiah 57:18-20; Jeremiah 17:14)
Remember that Jesus took on himself our infirmities. (Matthew 8:16-17)
Reflect on the ministry of Jesus. (Luke 4:14-19)
Realize God's power to heal the brokenhearted. (Psalm 147:1-6)
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