BY DAN LUCERO
area missionary to West Africa and Francophone nations with Foursquare Missions International
For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord.
Jeremiah 30:17 NKJV
Healing is a promised part of every believer’s walk with God. In fact, every healing is in a sense a restoration back to health, be it spiritual, emotional or physical, as declared by God in Jer. 30:17. Promises are so special because they keep us attentive, expectant and focused as we await and look forward to their accomplishment. Every young child knows the tangible excitement, the bubbling inside of holding a promise in their heart, and every parent knows the power of how promises can shape hope and purpose in their relationship with their children.
But, at times, when a promise is delayed, we can begin to lose hope. In Num. 23:19 God the Father declares: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Today, stand strong in the promise of your healing and the healing of those for whom you pray. Do not forget that nothing—absolutely nothing—is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).
PRAYER + REFLECTION
God is our Father who loves us so much that He has kept absolutely nothing from us. Come back to Him today and be reconciled, embracing His loving goodness, mercy and restoring power and grace that heals your spirit, soul and body!
When you pray for your healing or that of others, confess any unforgiveness that we all so easily hide. Your faith will be quenched by the free-flowing grace of God’s love, which brings healing.
Pray today and every day remembering these nine words: Take God’s side; Never give up; Expect a miracle.
UNITY OF CHURCHES
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 NIV
So many times, it can feel like churches are in competition with one another. Someone once said that the Christians are God’s church and the churches are like different Sunday school classes. If all the churches in Jefferson County were to be filled to capacity with residents, they could not contain all the people in the county. Rather than fighting over who goes where, what could happen if we focused our attention on the lost?
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Pray that the pastors and leaders that they would have a heart for the lost rather than competition.
Pray for the congregations that they would be united for the spread of the gospel and that gossip, disunity and rebellion would not be apart of the churches in Jefferson County.
Pray for unity of the churches both through the pastors and the congregants.