You cannot heal an infected wound without it first being properly cleaned, treated and properly dressed. Why do we think that our deep inner wounds will just go away without intervention?
Today we are looking at personal suffering. Where does it hurt? Where do we feel inadequate, broken and overly sensitive? We may behave optimistically when we feel good, but prayer is an opportunity to explore that which gives us great pain.
Physical and emotional suffering gives us an opportunity to call for the pastors and mature believers to pray for our relief and healing. Anointing with oil signifies the healing work that needs to be done here. God wants to use the faith that others have to assist your recovery.
Sometimes we have sin in our lives that complicates our condition. As we learn to be transparent and confess our faults we change from suffering alone to trusting God for our help. You do not get better if you keep your symptoms hidden from a doctor. Likewise, we come to our soul doctors to examine the wound and apply God’s grace and truth to the issues.
1. Start with thanking God for any blessings of health and wellness that you are experiencing. Thank God for any healing and recovery that you have experienced in the past and how that changed your life.
2. Are you physically ill or have a condition? Describe any ways that you feel ‘off’, wounded or sins that you struggle with. Go to prayer to confess your faults and then pray for each other to be healed, restored and delivered.
3. Pray for others in the church and your circle of relationships that are sick, wounded or struggling. Ask God to activate us in a good plan of care for one another.
4. In prayer thank Jesus for all the ways that he can identify with us in suffering and temptation.
5. Ask God to personally give you a name or two of people that you can bring some comfort and encouragement to. Who needs to hear from you?