Healing may look differently to us, than it does to God... we have to be aware if this as we look to see God's work in our lives... in our bodies.... in our minds... and hold every thought captive in the process to seek God first, as He never ceases to pursue us toward perfection. We know that we will not get to perfection here on this fallen earth, but we can count of the fact that we have a perfect God rooting for our every moment.
Your mercies are many Father, and I pray I can be even more grateful for Your goodness.
I pray for those who are feeling hopeless and helpless Father. Help us to intercede greatly. Through Christ Jesus and in hope of the Holy Spirit working for our good.
I personally don't think we can 'schedule' a healing session. I believe we must be watchful and hopeful at all times and believe that God is always with us. We are to live in gratitude for the ultimate healing for our sin, and trusting that our Father has our life and our healing under control, all the while continuing to praise Him in our circumstances, and ask others to pray on our behalf. AND knowing that our greatest intercessor is our Savior, who diligently goes before our Father on our behalf... and the Holy Spirit always working all things out for our good.
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[man] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." ~2 Corinthians 4:16 (English Standard Version)
God expects us to come to Him for healing... and expect an answer, it just may not be "yes, right now" or "yes" period.
We have prayer whenever we gather corporately at our church... we pray for one another, in the hope that we will all be encouraged through the Spirit and remember the very reason we are hopeful.
"By His stripes" refers to the shed blood for our transgressions.... it does not promise healing of this body. And, we should remember that when we are praying for healing of this body.
If I didn't make it clear above, I completely believe that God heals us physically and emotionally today... and I have seen it. And, we should continue to pray expectantly.
My prayer tonight is that we can truly "hold every thought captive", which we KNOW it is His desire that we live for today, through His Word, IN HIS STRENGTH.
"Mighty armies alone cannot win wars for a king; great strength by itself cannot keep a soldier safe. In war the strength of a horse cannot be trusted to take you to safety. But the LORD watches over ALL who honor Him and trust His kindness." ~Psalm 33:16-18 (Common English Version)
On the days that I cannot focus, I find myself reeling into the depths of darkened moments. God has used many ways to draw me back into the light, however, it has been through deciding to have the action of gratitude (to clarify, gratitude for all He does for His children). These past few days have been much more clear than this past year. I am grateful for clarity of His Word, not only in my mind, but in my heart - I cannot convey wholly how amazing my soul has soured these past few days engaging in His Word.
I can tell you being ill before Christ, and being ill now is so much different.
THOUGHTS, THOUGHTS AND MORE THOUGHTS... that is what this life's trials deserve. Every thought that is Christ... in and out of each storm.
Sometimes in our own circumstances, we can get stuck and unable to move, or be moved. LORD, I do not want that for my life.
I have noticed that praying for others, helps my own communication with God. How about you?
When I intercede for my brothers and sisters, the Holy Spirit ministers greatly to me.
Looking at things through the eyes of Christ, takes work. In the moments when our flesh is weak, the Holy Spirit continues His work in us.
Believing that perspective today.
Awesome Father, You are the answer for every single need here with our brothers and sisters in this group. Help us LORD to see Your plan and purpose in all this, that is lyme disease and all that goes with it for many of us here. There is great need here Lord Jesus, and we ask boldly for Your pleading with our Father for all in need. Holy Spirit we count on Your counsel, strength, courage and wisdom to guide us to Your will for our lives here. We pray in Your whole strength, and believe the Father's promise, "to never leave us" and that we are loved beyond measure, and created out of love for love. Help us to encourage one another. Help us to abide in Your desires for our lives, in our hearts... Let our lives, with or without pain, challenge or obstacles glorify You. Thank You for Your constant pursuit of us to be Christ-like to love one another, and hold Your Word deep in our thoughts to easily share in Christ-like lives. We come to You corporately Lord, in trust, hope and love in Christ Jesus. Amen
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