Recently, I was asked “If I had a super-power what would it be?” Immediately my heart began to race as if that super power would truly be granted. I mumbled several things and finally said, “To HEAL!” I wish I had the power to heal every physical ailment, emotional and/or mental disorder. Three weeks later, I find myself still mentally processing the icebreaker activity and wondered, what if I can really possess the power to heal? Have I healed anyone before, unintentionally?
The act of healing in itself has transcended into various forms across religions and their respective remedial purposes. I personally wouldn’t consider myself a “healer.” To be frank and honest I truly believe the miracles from being healed is a respected area for the head of the church and/or those persons who've attained appropriate credentials in the concentration of healing, however, after reading “Draw the Circle, The 40-Day Prayer Challenge”,by Mark Batterson, I’m slightly convinced I have the ability to heal… slightly. Batterson challenges it's readers to seek prayer not only as the gateway to commune with God, but also to heighten a sixth sense. This action will in return help plant your dreams, blanket you with peace, grant you discernment, and lastly, help you take a deeper dive to understanding God’s agenda. He ultimately wants for us to be healed, restored,renewed, and to be forgiven! I’m sure throughout our lives we’ve heard many versions of what God intended our purpose to be, but as for me, Healing as my purpose came to me as a revelation: through the ministry of counseling/therapy, support groups, and small-talks with families, married couples, and teens.
Keep in mind, like many prayers and dreams, God doesn’t answer them all at the times and format most desirable and convenient to us. Batterson states,
"I wonder how many of our prayer requests are within our own power to answer. Yet we ask God to do what we can do ourselves. And then we wonder why God doesn’t respond. Maybe it’s because God won’t do for us what we can do for ourselves. God isn’t honored by prayers that are within the realm of human possibility; God is honored when we ask Him to do what is humanly impossible. That way, God gets all the glory!”... Reflect on that.
Occasionally, we don’t pray prayers of healing because we’re afraid they would go unanswered, are too big, unable of being resolved, or just outright ridiculous. We're defeated before the request is denied, already in progress, or advised that right now is not the moment for God to show his Glory. In addition, we're left contemplating in our own confusion and questioning our faith, which is deeply vested into a source we live and die for, but yet, with belief, it has left us broken with unanswered prayers. Batterson speaks on this emotion and encourages persistence to keep asking, keep praying, keep seeking; I know it sounds cliché, but it’s all about God’s perfect timing that will calm your anxieties with HIS perfect peace.
We all have responsibilities within our prayers to bridge a stronger relationship with God. We are ordered through faith to release burdens and prayer requests to Him. With the act of Faith, one will begin to feel a sense of healing and anxieties being lifted off your shoulders. You’ve then, learned to exchange that worrisome-spirit for prayer.
Today, I believe that If you’re a praying person you’re a healing person. You’re eager to encounter God repeatedly and intimately in purpose to thank Him, restore others and yourself. Obviously, the “healing” power won’t transform you into a doctor, psychiatrist, financial adviser, and/or that recently hired attorney, to name a few. However, the most beautiful healing orchestrate grace, peace, sanity in a chaotic world, and the understanding that you can always go to God to observe this intimate time of communication to address your needs and the needs of others.
If you're able to understand this and offer yourself as vessel to bring peace, grace, sanity, and help your brothers and sisters understand the beauty in going to God in prayer, then my friend, you've just brought Healing to the broken.