January 18, 2018
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Why does God heal?

  1. The person is so good
  2. The person is so needy
  3. God is so good
  4. All of the above
Why does God heal someone? Why does He bless someone? If we understand the answers to those questions, then we will be better equipped to pray for healing or blessing. It will help us manage our expectations as we pray. Most important of all, we will come to a better understanding of God’s character.

How We Pray

“Lord, please heal Mr. Jones. He has done so much for the church.” Have you ever prayed with someone that has used this petition? Did it make you wonder if it matters to God that Mr. Jones is a hard worker for the church, or a man of great sacrifice? There is an implication that God will heal this person because they are so good.

The elders of the Jews used this approach to ask Jesus to care for the centurion of Capernaum. “When they came to Jesus, they urged Him earnestly, ‘He is worthy to have you do this for him, because he loves our nation, and even built our synagogue.’” (Luke 7:4-5) In the following verse it states that Jesus went. Yet, Jesus might have gone to speak with him because He foreknew his faith, and not because of the good works.

“Lord, please heal Mr. Jones. He has suffered so much and has great misery.” Perhaps this is how you have heard people intercede. It is quite the opposite from the first petition. There is an implication that God will heal this person because they are so bad off. It may be an attempt to have God balance suffering, and that Mr. Jones has already shouldered more than his fair share. But is that God’s intent?

Certainly Jesus was motivated by compassion during His earthly ministry. Moved by the misery of the widow of Nain who lost her only son, He raised him from the dead and gave him back to his mother (Luke 7:11-16). The outcome of the miracle was that “fear seized them all, and they began to glorify God.”

Because God Is So Good

Not to us, O Lord, not to us!
But to Your name be the glory,
because of Your love and faithfulness.

Psalm 115:1

For just a moment, let us suspend human nature and assume “it’s not all about us.” Before the world began, and before man was even created, certainly it was all about God. Perhaps it is all about God, still.

Ezekiel 36 contains the prophetic words of a new covenant between God and His people (Israel). In this chapter, God tells the people that He is about to heal them and bless them, even though they are in exile because of their rebellion against God. The Sovereign Lord promises that He will do it, that changes are coming, and these people will be the beneficiaries.

Note especially that it is not because of how good they have been. Nor is it because of how desperate they are. “Thus says the LORD God, ‘It is not for your sake … that I am about to act, but for My holy name” (Ezekiel 36:22).

For a couple of generations, the city of Jerusalem and the surrounding area had been in ruins and desolate. The people in that area were experiencing famine, and the Israelites had been carted off in bondage. The “people of God” had become the “slaves of Babylon” as a direct result of their sinful choices made of their own free will.

In this chapter, God declares that it is time for Him to act. The LORD is about to demonstrate His loyal love and faithfulness. He will receive honor among the nations as they recognize that Israel’s God is committed to His people. This is the character of God: lovingkindness, faithful to His promises and able to do whatever He says He will do. Yes, the Israelites will benefit. Not because they are good enough; nor because they are bad enough – but because God is good.

Personal Application

“I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways!”

Ezekiel 36:32

We are ashamed and confounded because of our sinful nature. The only appropriate response is an attitude of humility as we consider the character of the Lord God. We are in no position to exert pressure on God to act on our behalf.

In demonstrating His character, God promises to provide us with everything we need (a cleansing, a new spirit, and a new heart) so that we will be His people, and He will be our God. That means we are the beneficiaries of His lovingkindness and faithfulness today. When we accept His provision, then He makes the rest happen.

How We Should Pray

“This also I will let the house of Israel ask Me to do for them…” (Ezekiel 36:37) Do you see what the Sovereign Lord has said? He lets us ask Him to do things for us! Jesus taught that we could ask anything in His name and we would receive it from the Father. Let us understand the character of God so we can ask in His name.

He wants to make us a living testimony of His character. When people see you, do they know that God is faithful? Do they know that God is filled with lovingkindness toward you? Do they know that God can do anything He says He will do?

The purpose He has for answering our prayer is simple: “Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

 
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