Matthew – Fulfilled
My daughter’s family is playing “whack a mole” with the flu bug. One gets it and then passes it on to another family member. One child gets well while another comes up with the virus by evening and it begins again. “Sharing is caring” goes the phrase, but not in this case. This has been going on for a month. We are praying for an end to this game of pass the flu bug for her family. You can pray with me. It is not life threatening, but it is tiresome. They need rest.
Why do we pray for each other when we are sick and cannot perform our daily tasks? Because we know that Jesus cares and carries our diseases to the God who heals and restores. Jesus relieves our minds and cures our ills. Jesus give us hope and encourages us to pray for others. Why? God’s glory is seen in everything Jesus is and does because He thinks and moves with the command of the Father for the Father in heaven. Jesus heals so that others may see God. Jesus is prophecy fulfilled. Jesus points us to God.
Matthew 8, The Message
(The Healing continues…)
14-15 By this time they were in front of Peter’s house. On entering, Jesus found Peter’s mother-in-law sick in bed, burning up with fever. He touched her hand and the fever was gone. No sooner was she up on her feet than she was fixing dinner for him.
16-17 That evening a lot of demon-afflicted people were brought to him. He relieved the inwardly tormented. He cured the bodily ill. He fulfilled Isaiah’s well-known sermon:
He took our illnesses,
He carried our diseases.
What do we learn?
–Pray for each other, in Jesus Name, to the God who Heals and Restores.
–Give God glory and praise for healing and restoration.
–Like Peter’s mother in law, get back to serving God! Move on.
–Pray expectantly. We who are caregivers know this prayer well.
–Sometimes, God decides to provide complete healing by bringing our loved one home to be with him. Give Him glory! No more pain or suffering.
–Healing here or there is a win!
Dear Heavenly Father, We have many who family members and friends who are suffering or recuperating from illnesses, surgeries, and emotional upsets. You are the God Who Heals and we pray to you for help for these loved ones. May Your glory be seen in their healing and restoration. In Jesus Name, Amen