“What made you finally come in?” my doctor asked with eyes of compassion before glancing down at my chart.

“It had gone on long enough and I couldn’t take the pain anymore. I had tried everything I knew to do and it wasn’t enough,” I replied, wondering if I was going to get a brow beating for waiting so long before seeking medical attention.

Even as I said it, I thought about how often I’m like that with God: trying to do things on my own before ultimately turning to Him for help when nothing I do makes the situation any better.

There is a reason God warns us not to depend on our own understanding—He knows better than we do.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take”
(Proverbs 3:5-6).

“I’m sure you have a suspicion of what we might be dealing with here,” he suggested, with one knowing eyebrow raised.

“I do, but in this situation, I’ll let you be the doctor and I’ll be the patient for a change.”

He sent me for tests and then for more tests. Even then the results were inconclusive and left us with multiple differential diagnoses—none of which were good.

“I want to send you for another consult, STAT. I know you’ll be tempted to worry about this over the weekend, but I don’t want you to go there,” he cautioned.

Pain is a funny thing. It can take a normally strong person and drain every ounce of strength from you, leaving you weak and vulnerable.

Pain can make you question everything you know to be true, and doubt what you would previously swear by.

Pain can make you withdraw from your social network and from God, or reach out in need of help.

I was grateful that he took my condition and my pain seriously, and that he cautioned me not to let my thoughts run amuck on the playground of worry, fear, and anxiety because that is exactly where the enemy wanted me to go.

I knew what the differential diagnoses were, and I didn’t like them.

But a friend wisely reminded me “Doctors diagnose and help treat us. Surgeons operate. GOD heals!”

That was where my focus needed to be—on our source of hope and healing. Because as long as God is on His throne, hope prevails!

I had a choice to make: I could let my thoughts go down the rabbit trail with worry, fear, and anxiety, or I could spend time in the word, stand on truth, and determine to trust God with whatever we faced.

“Lord, I know this doesn’t take you by surprise. And I know that you are bigger than any diagnosis that looms. You are Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals. You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind, so I choose right now to use my sound mind to trust you to heal whatever it is we are dealing with. I thank you for this current trial because I know you use the trials in our life to strengthen our faith. Use this even now, Lord, for my good and for your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

After asking a few close friends to agree with me in prayer, I spent the next several hours in the word, standing on the promises of God, declaring them out loud and claiming them for myself.

If you or someone you love is in need of healing, I encourage you to declare these promises of God out loud and claim them for yourself as well. God’s word is alive and active, and it will not return void until it has accomplished what it was sent out to accomplish.

“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise” (Jeremiah 17:14 NIV).

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15).

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 30:17).

“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security” (Jeremiah 33:6).

“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit” (3 John 1:2).

“Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you” (Exodus 23:25).

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29).

“LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me” (Psalm 30:2)

Spend time in the word and stand on truth when you need healing. God will fill you with hope. #BibleVerses #healing #Christianity

Are there other verses you cling to when you are in need of healing? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

May I pray for you?

Father God,
I pray for the one reading these words right now. I don’t know what they are facing, but you do. Whether they are in need of physical healing, emotional healing, relationship healing, financial healing, or something else, Lord we trust you to be their healer. You are Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals. You are the Great Physician, our redeemer and restorer. Restore everything to perfect order, Lord. Work all things together for their good and for your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

A prayer for physical, emotional, relationship, and financial healing. #prayer #hope #Christianity

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

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