“My soul, praise the Lord, and do not forget all His benefits.” Psalm 103:2 (HCSB)
When surrounded and pressed by a religious group Jesus asked which is harder to say you’re healed or forgiven? They didn’t answer, but Jesus knew what they were thinking. And He know what you’re thinking today! Why is it easier to believe that His death paid for your salvation than your healing?
Isaiah tells us that “by His stripes we are healed” (53:5)! Some translations say we are healed by His wounds. Peter tells us a similar, but slightly different message proclaiming that by His stripes we were healed (1 Peter 2:24). Other translations say “you have been healed by His wounds (NLT).
It’s easy to proclaim that His sacrificial death on the cross provided our salvation. But there’s more! His death also released healing in our bodies. So where’s the healing today? I just wonder whether we need to have faith to believe for it, just like we do for our salvation!
No wonder Jesus said signs and wonders would accompany those who believe in Him (Mark 16:15-18). We’re meant to do what He did, but somehow it’s become the norm to expect less than what Jesus paid for through the cross!
Pray that nothing less than what Jesus paid for would be realized in your life! Ask Him to release a new level of faith to believe. Repent for unbelief and step into a healing releasing faith. Thank Jesus for what He paid for on the cross. Pray that your pastor would preach the full benefits of the cross, not just the awesomeness of salvation, but for the fullness of healing as well. Pray that healing would be released in your church and across our city!
Athens Prayer Opps – April 2023
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Psalm 14:1a (ESV) Though April 1 is celebrated as April Fool’s Day, this hour is