Our God is the same God today as He was yesterday and will be forever. He is the God who heals, restores, delivers and empowers. And the incredible thing is, He chooses to work through ordinary people – Believers, Christians, people like you, people like me.
I absolutely believe this.
There are times, however, when I have struggled with, and still do struggle with, some concepts around spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit has been challenging and growing me so much in this recently, taking me out of my comfort zone and teaching me to trust Him.
There has been one particular area that often baffles me, and that is “gifts of healing” as in 1 Corinthians 12:9
It’s an area that I still need to grow in – a lot!
For example, have you ever prayed for someone for healing and they weren’t healed?
Have you ever prayed for someone for healing, they weren’t healed, but then right after that someone else prayed for them and they were instantly healed?
These were the kind of questions that have been buzzing around in my head the last couple of weeks.
This morning I was chatting to my son Rory on the phone. He lives thousands of miles away in America, so I’m really thankful for this modern age of WhatsApp, Skype and FaceTime.
A lot of our conversations are God centred, perhaps because we don’t see each other every day – conversations are precious.
I was sharing the above thoughts on healing with Rory, when he interrupted suddenly, saying ”it’s the jar concept Mum.”
I said what’s “the jar concept?”
Rory unpacked his insightful thought something like this: “have you ever been battling to take the lid off a jar, so you pass it to someone else who opens then it in one twist? The first person often jokes that they “must have loosened it up a bit.”
And as Rory was talking, the penny dropped. It’s a bit like that with prayer:
No prayer is ever wasted, unheard or unanswered.
God says to us in Isaiah 55:8 “my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” The Lord doesn’t operate the same way we do. Who knows what your prayer of faith has “loosened up” in the spiritual realm!
And also, maybe it isn’t about me at all when that person I’ve prayed for isn’t healed (shock, horror! Not about me?🤭) perhaps God, who loves each and every one of His children, intended to encourage the next person who prayed, by healing that sick person through them.
What I do know for sure though, is that Jesus commands us in Matthew 10:8 to “heal the sick” –
Note that He didn’t tell us to pray for the sick, but to heal the sick.
We have been commissioned, anointed and authorised by Jesus Himself. I want to continue to step out in obedience, taking steps of faith even when I don’t fully understand.
*Thanks to my son Rory Stark for his insightful, inspired thought “the jar concept”