Read: Acts 9:26-43
Think: In today’s reading, Peter traveled to Lydda to visit the believers. While there, he healed a paralyzed, bedridden man named Aeneas. The result was, “…the whole population of Lydda. . . . saw Aeneas walking around and turned to the Lord.” Then Peter traveled to Joppa. There, a woman who had been a beloved believer died. Peter went to the upstairs room where she had died and he prayed over her. She was immediately restored to life! The account says, “The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.”
Both of these stories resemble how Jesus healed when He was with the disciples. And both stories had the same result: many believed and turned to the Lord because of seeing a miraculous healing!
Act: Today, we are fortunate that medicine is available to facilitate so much healing. But we also know medicine has limitations. Therefore, praying for someone’s healing in the name of Jesus should continue to be a part of the protocol in restoring someone’s body or mind to health. Not only will a person’s healing bring joy and relief to his or her family and friends, but miraculous healing also points people to the divine healer: Jesus! The very next time you encounter someone who needs healing, offer to pray for their healing “in the name of Jesus.” Watch and see what God is going to do.
Pray: Dear Jesus, I know that you are the Great Healer. You healed so many people when You walked the earth, and You also healed when your disciples called on Your name on behalf of others. Give me the confidence to pray for the healing of others in Your name, Jesus. I love You. Amen.
Be full of faith today!