(Sunday, February 10, 2013)To be perfectly honest, I have a much easier time praying for God to physical heal or financially provide here in India than I do in the USA. I don’t know if that is right or not. I don’t want to judge anyone. I know the opportunity for medical or financial assistance apart from God’s supernatural intervention here in India is often nonexistence. If God doesn’t provide there are no government, family or community resources to come to play. Praying for these needs for these people is often a matter of life and death, not convenience. I don’t mean the people who ask for prayer for financial or physical needs in the USA don’t have legitimate needs, please understanding I am not condemning or judging American Christians, of which I am one! I am simply saying that I can come to God praying for their physical healing here for I know God is the only solution to their pain and suffering.
It amazes and humbles me how often God uses my prayers here to bring healing. I never know when, if, or how soon it will happen and always pray for God’s will to be done and grace to endure if there is no healing, but I do have confidence to ask God to heal if it is His will. With the close connection between demonizing and illness in the Gospels I pray against anything demonic that may be behind the physical problem as well. Often when Jesus cast out demons the person was physically healed as well. So perhaps that is part of what is happening here as well. I do sense the battle when I lay hands on them and pray, and often am led to pray in a specific way. The ultimate result of what happens, though, is in God’s hands.
Luke 11:14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.
Luke 13:10-13, 16 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. … 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
Pray for those you know who are in need of physical healing, but before praying for them to be healed asking God to tell you how He wants you to pray for them? Does He want them healed immediately by Him, gradually by doctors, not healed at this time, or delivered from something demonic that is causing this and other problems as well?
GUESS WHERE I AM?
Every year when I come to India and speak in churches, fields, or wherever we meet I am amazed at the scene I am looking at while speaking. The things I see outside the doors and windows (if the church even has walls) are unbelievable. Here are some of the things I watched while speaking the last few days. I saw herds of goats and water buffalo paraded back and forth all day long. Ox carts carrying sugar cane, bags of cotton or various other materials go past in trains of 10 or 12. Women gracefully carry water, food, firewood or large bundles of clothes on their heads. Hundreds of colors of beautiful saris continually flow in all directions. Of course there are cripples, those with mental problems and half-naked children squatting in the road whenever the urge takes them. Wild dogs, chickens and pigs of all colors and sizes join the parade as well. In addition to all this there are merchants, peddlers, bicycles loaded with anything imaginable, children in school uniforms, emaciated sacred cows left to wander wherever they want, motorcycles of all kinds and sizes, cars and trucks. I never know what will come next. It seems all India passes by my line of vision while I stand and speak.
When I look at my audience crammed inside the building I see barefoot women sitting on the floor on one side, men on the other. The power is usually not working so we don’t even have fans to stir the hot, heavy air. Is there any chance I might, just for a moment, forget I am in India? Not a one!
Revelation 5:9-10 “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
Imagine the parade of people in heaven from every tribe, language, people and nation. What a glorious sight that will be. There has never been anything like it. Is there any chance you might, just for a moment, forget you are in heaven? Not a one!
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