Recently, when praying for someone who needed to be healed, I felt I just had to look up the name of God that means Healer. I wanted to use it in my prayer. It’s Jehovah-Rapha. Click on this link to hear the translator pronounce it.
Maybe you are the one in need of healing. You may feel like time has stopped. That you are in a “prison” of sickness . As I was doing my devotional one morning, the Lord reminded me of Paul. You know, he was in jail quite a few times for various lengths of time. But I know that God could have gotten him out at any moment…remember Peter. An angel set him free (Acts 12:5-11).
So, maybe God needed Paul in jail to “still” him so he could write those letters that make up so much of the New Testament and were so instrumental in encouraging the early churches.
Just remember… regardless, God is in control. He can place you or release you wherever and whenever, so know that He’s “got it” no matter what.
If you have really prayed and committed your trouble to the Lord, but you are still in “jail,” He needs you to be there. Otherwise He could and would get you out. There’s a reason – trust Him! He sees the big picture.
My Streams in the Desert devotion this morning was taken from John 11:41. Jesus thanked God even while Lazarus was still in the tomb– before He raised Him from the dead. His thanksgiving preceded the miracle! This was an expression of assurance that the blessing was on its way.
When looking up the book mentioned above on Amazon, so I could include a link for you, I happened to see the Foreword. It’s a personal word from the author L.B. Cowman. I felt I needed to include it here:
“In the pathway of faith we come to learn that the Lord’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor His ways our ways. Both in the physical and spiritual realm, great pressure means great power! Although circumstances may bring us into the place of death, that need not spell disaster – for if we trust in the Lord and wait patiently, that simply provides the occasion for the display of His almighty power. “Remember His marvelous works that He hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.” (Ps. 105:5, KJV)
Believing there’s victory in Jesus,