Courage for Healing
Uncategorized February 20, 2019
Jesus is doing incredible things right across our movement as people step out in courage to pray for healing. In this blog, Claire Coggan from the Kings Arms Church in Bedford shares her story of identity, courage, and faith for healing:
Healing is a sign of the Kingdom and we know praying for healing is meant to be part of the normal Christian life for every believer because it’s what Jesus told us to do. He told his disciples, “Heal the sick and say to them the Kingdom of God has come near to you” (Luke 10:9). “As the Father is sending me so also I am sending you” (John 20:21). However, believing it to be true and actually stepping out and praying for people is a challenge! What if nothing happens? What if my prayers are not powerful enough, or what if I leave the person more disappointed? These are all questions that can go through our minds and cause us to step back. Even the disciples sometimes encountered challenge. I used to be afraid to pray for people both inside and outside the church for some of these very reasons, but like everything Jesus told us to do I think He meant it to be a lot simpler than we make it.
The truth is you and I can’t heal anyone, it’s Jesus who heals, and it’s Jesus who lives inside of us. There is plenty of mystery that we navigate along the way as we keep pursuing living the way Jesus has taught us. However, I have become convinced that if we base our theology of healing on our experience so far, instead of on who God is and His promises, we will lower our expectation of what He wants to do through us.