To have faith is to have an awesome power, for it connects you to something outside of yourself and sometimes to something within yourself that can alter your way of life. Now, depending on what you put your faith in, this altered way of life can end up leading to great advantage or to great disappointment. One thing many Christians put their faith is in the concept of miraculous healing. Today’s discussion will revolve around this pointed question: Should Christians seek or even believe in the miraculous faith healing claims that many make and live by in the name of Christ?
Sickness and disease are a scourge of humanity. Far too often we witness good and decent people contract some serious disease or malady and we watch as their quality of life goes from bad to worse. Science and medicine have worked wonders in the fight against such things, but the battle still rages on. The Bible reveals many examples of healings – miraculous healings that overcome sickness. Are we as Christians privy to that miraculous healing power today? Can we and should we stand in the path of illness, claiming the name of Jesus as our rightful miracle cure?
Sickness and death have always played a significant role in our world as two of the things we spend lots of time and money avoiding. When Jesus was here on earth, he healed many of their diseases. When the Apostles were here after Jesus, they also healed. So, if we are Christians, are we supposed to be carrying the banner of healing as well? Is the healing of disease a Christian responsibility today, or was it for a long-ended time? If we are NOT supposed to heal, then what changed? If we are supposed to heal, then shouldn’t we be making news doing so? Stay with us – this should be good!
Prayer is a powerful thing. We as Christians speak of it often and we encourage others by telling them that we are praying for them. We ask for prayers. We pray for forgiveness, for strength, for discernment. We pray for direction, for patience, and for wisdom. We pray to praise honor and worship our Almighty God and His son Jesus. This morning we are going to look at the experiences of one man, one King of Israel, Hezekiah, who prayed for God to extend his life. Why did he ask that? Should he have asked that? What is the lesson for us? Stay with us as we talk about the most familiar topic of prayer in a relatively unfamiliar way.