Our heavenly Father sent his son, Jesus Christ as a gesture of love to mankind. We show and pass on this love to others because we know He loves us. We feel His presence when we do good deeds and experience the joy that is one of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, and so on - our candle of prayer lighting our way..
This love pervades our lives when we keep close to God and live in fear of Him. It is not the fear that we associate with demons, but the respect that we owe to the Father, the One who satisfies our every need. Our needs are different from our wants. We do not have to pray for our needs; God supplies those. It is our wants that we come to God in prayer for, and if it is His will, he will answer our prayer. “Be anxious about nothing,” Paul the apostle says, but if we pray and thank Him for our request, we will feel peace as our hearts and minds rest in Jesus.
Jesus healed the sick and the lame and the demon-possessed wherever He went, because of His divine love. He was touched by the plight of others, and His sympathy extended to all. At the end of his preaching to the crowds for a long while, He knew they would be hungry. He took the two fishes and five loaves and blessed them and broke them into pieces. These he shared among the people so that they had enough to eat and much was left over. (Matthew 14:17-19 RSV)
God’s love knows no bounds. It is prayer that lights our way to Jesus, who assists us in the conduct of our lives.
“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
The love of God heals me. I turn to Him in prayer and ask for His blessing and mercy at every opportunity. I ask for His protection at all times and this gives me the knowledge and faith to trust His Healing power. I let positive thoughts invade my mind. I know exercise is good for my body and will keep my mind active, so I routinely make a habit, at least three times a week, to walk for half an hour. I also do some non-strenuous exercises at home to give myself and my body some variety.
If I feel any discomfort or pain in my body, I ask God to intervene so that His divine touch will put everything right before anything serious develops. Because Jesus healed the sick and the lame I feel assured that he would heal me too. He said “Ask, and it will be given to you;…………… For every one who asks receives,”.
We, however, must not forget forgiveness. Forgiveness is an important aspect of the healing process, as well as praying for others. I pray for those I love, as well as for my neighbours. God’s healing power extends to all.
“and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:16 RSV)