I am the Lord that healeth thee. Exodus 15:26
The doctor had a concerned expression, "I've
got bad news, you have cancer. ..."
The news couldn't have come at a worse time. Debt
had mounted on unpaid bills, there was trouble at
work and the family was stressed out. I left the hospital
without knowing what to do.
The doctor had scheduled me for a routine examination
and chemotherapy. Surgery was still a possibility.
It seemed like everything was going the wrong direction,
and as I slowly drove home I wondered what I would
say to my family.
I began to reflect on the meaning of my life. I had
studied hard, finished school and married. I had raised
my kids, had a good job and was looking forward to
the golden years when retirement would begin. I knew
that what I wanted was not going to happen. Now, death
stared me in the face. The cancer was spreading, and
I doubted that the medical remedies would even work.
That's when I began to think about a remedy which
could come from Someone else. I had heard of healings
that had occurred through prayer. I remembered the
Bible teachings from Sunday School and the hope persons
placed in God through Jesus Christ.
As I thought about these things, I remembered the
sermon of my pastor who had testified of a personal
healing he had received from the Lord. That's when
I decided to go and see him.
The Scripture Teaching
"Some well meaning Christians don't believe
in healing," the pastor said. "But I know
differently!" he said with a smile. "Pastor,
what does it take to be healed?" I knew some
of the Scriptures which had been quoted, but I needed
the full teaching.
"First," the pastor began, "healing
from God does not exclude the value and use of medicine."
The pastor opened his Bible. "Even Paul the Apostle
recommended a medical treatment for young Timothy's
upset stomach." He pointed to First Timothy,
chapter five and verse twenty three.
"Sometimes, healing comes from the knowledge
of natural remedies. Medicine is also a gift from
"But what about the situations medicine cannot
take care of," I asked.
The pastor smiled again, "That's when our Lord,
Who is called the Great Physician, should most definitely
be called upon."
The pastor opened to another Scripture. "In
the Gospels, we read of Jesus Christ healing many
persons. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter eight and
verse sixteen, it says, 'Jesus healed all that were
sick, thereby fulfilling the prophecy that he took
our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.' Those who
came to him were healed by His grace and power. It
is important to know that there are some instances
where healing was limited to only a few persons. The
story of the lame man in the Gospel of John, chapter
five, verse three seems to indicate that a large multitude
of persons were sick, but only one person was healed
"Why was that pastor?" I didn't want to
"The Bible indicates that God is willing to heal
persons who seek Him for healing, but that God is
not obliged to heal. Why God will heal some persons
and not others is often a mystery, but, we are confident
that His will is accomplished either way. We should
seek God for our healing, but if that healing is delayed,
we should seek God for the thing He would teach us
through the circumstances of
The pastor turned to the Scripture in Galatians,
chapter four and verse fifteen. "Paul's own eyesight
was failing him, and he knew that the Galatian Church
would have wanted his eyes to be healed. Sometimes
we diligently pray and fast for a healing only to
realize that the Lord has another plan. Remember Trophimus
who was left behind in Miletum by the Apostle Paul?"
The pastor showed me Second Timothy, chapter four
and verse twenty. "Trophimus was very ill and
was left in Miletum to recover."
"How does that apply to me, Pastor?"
"I only want you to realize that praying for
God's healing does not mean that God is obligated
to heal you. We approach God with our petition and
we believe God for the answer in accordance with His
will for each of our lives."
"What about Scripture which teaches us to pray
"There are plenty of them, and we don't want
to overlook these important truths as we seek your
"In Exodus, chapter fifteen and verse twenty
six, the Lord says, 'I am the Lord that healeth thee.'
We call God 'Jehovah Rophi' because He is the God
of healing. In Psalm One Hundred and Three, verse
three, we read again the truth that the 'Lord forgiveth
all thine iniquities' and He it is 'who healed all
"In the New Testament we read of Jesus Christ
who cleansed the lepers, made the lame to walk, opened
the ears of the deaf and the eyes of the blind. This
same Jesus raised the dead and is Himself
The pastor continued, "You have access to God
the Father through Jesus Christ, and you can petition
Him for your healing today. This is made possible
through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ."
The pastor opened his Bible to the First Epistle
of Peter, the second chapter and the twenty fourth
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body
on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live
unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
"Does this apply only to our spiritual life?"
"No, this applies to the whole person, body,
soul and spirit. Christ Jesus did not die just for
our spirit and soul, but that our bodies might also
be healed from the effects of sickness and disease."
"Look at this Scripture," the pastor again
pointed to his Bible, "It says here in the Book
of James, chapter five and verses fourteen and fifteen,
'Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders
of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing
him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer
of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise
him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall
be forgiven him.'"
The pastor looked at me, and closed his Bible. "Sometimes
we need to forgive others or receive forgiveness before
we can pray for our healing. This teaching was also
emphasized by Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians,
chapter eleven, when he taught about receiving the
Lord's Supper. Some-times, we have unconfessed sin
in our lives or we are holding grudges in unforgiveness
towards others. These can obstruct our healing."
"Does that mean that if I am not healed it is
because of unconfessed sin in my life?" I asked.
"Not necessarily," the pastor said, "sometimes
healing doesn't occur because the Lord has something
else He wants to teach us or do with us. Some people
have even thought that their faith was defective because
they weren't healed after their prayer for healing.
However, God will let each of us know what His will
is as we seek His face in prayer."
The pastor instructed me to go home that night and
pray to the Lord concerning His will for my life.
I was to look closely at my life and confess all known
sin. I was also to forgive any persons who I might
have held something against. I was asked to seek the
forgiveness of any person I had knowingly offended
and who still needed my apology. This would then allow
me to petition the Lord with a free conscience.
Prayer For God's Healing
That night I spent time with the Lord seeking His
face and examining my life. I was not holding any
unforgiveness in my heart as I scheduled time with
the elders of the church. Indeed, my life was free
to receive the gift of God's healing in accordance
with the will of God for my life. When the Sunday
service came, my family and I went to the front of
the church where the elders and the pastor greeted
us. I was asked to kneel as they prayed diligently
over me, anointing me with oil and rebuking the cancer
that had invaded my body. As a temple of the Lord,
I was dedicated to serving Him and I rededicated myself
to that purpose during that sweet time of prayer.
My attitude was; "Lord, I want to be healed,
and I petition You for my healing, however, I will
serve You regardless of the outcome."
Two weeks later I went back to the doctor to be reexamined.
To his surprise, (and mine!), there was no trace of
the cancer he had originally diagnosed me with! My
God had healed me of the cancer I had been condemned
to die with! I know that God does heal and I am sure
that you can also be healed! It is very important
to confer with your pastor and pray for your healing
with reference to the biblical teaching you have just
read. But remember, God's healing may include the
use of medicine and professional assistance. Don't
limit God, but trust Him for your healing today!
My Prayer For You
I want to close this testimony with a prayer for
your healing. Please pray with me as we seek God for
"Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I petition
You, the Creator of the Universe and the Great Physician,
to hear my prayer for personal healing. I believe
that You want me to regain my health and strength,
and I request that You touch me with Your grace
and power, forgiving me of any sin, removing all
obstacles from my life which could prevent my healing.
I forgive any who I have held something against.
Now, I take authority by Your Name over my sickness
and rebuke it. I speak to my illness and command
it's departure in the Name of Jesus Christ. Lord,
I also recommit my life to Your service and I will
glorify Your Name as a part of my testimony. Thank
you for hearing my prayer. Amen."