For October 2020
Open Your Heart To Healing
by Peggy Pifer
Are you experiencing a health challenge, dear friend? No matter how serious or simple it may seem, open your heart to healing. Does a friend or loved one need healing? Open your heart and hold the highest thought of health – perfection – and expect healing to take place.
When Jesus healed the sick, His faith never wavered; He never doubted. Through His faith, Jesus recognised three essential qualities within the person He was attending. Let’s consider these qualities – faith, willingness and a thankful heart – in light of some of Jesus’ healings.
First, faith that healing is possible is a must. The woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment was healed because she had faith. This woman had so much faith that Jesus told her, “take heart, daughter’ your faith has made you well” (Mt.9:22). However, Jesus demonstrated that healing is not limited to those who had extraordinary, unwavering faith.
Jesus told His followers, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed …. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Mt. 17:20). Even if you have the smallest amount of faith in the life of God within you, you can be healed and you can be a healing blessing to others.
Take the faith that you have now, even if you feel that it is as small as a mustard seed, and build on it. Build on it by recognising the things around you that God has already provided for you. Even with a mustard seed-sized amount of faith, deep within your heart you will know that healing is possible. Tell yourself this every day, every time you pray, and every time doubt or fear creeps into your thoughts. Hold this awareness in your heart: I have faith in the life of God within me to do its healing, perfecting work. Know this is true! Allow yourself to feel the life of God within and to become more aware of it each day.
Second, willingness is required of those who would be healed. When the man at the pool of Bethzatha asked Jesus to lower him into its healing waters, Jesus asked him. “Do you want to be made well?” (Jn. 5:6) This may seem like an odd question to ask someone who has been waiting such a long time for healing. But when Jesus asked, the man suddenly realised that he did want to be healed. He made the necessary connection with the life of God within and he was healed. Ask yourself now, “Do I want to be healed?” and some part of you will answer with a resounding “Yes” Your healing has begun.
Third, thanksgiving. Jesus’ words, “Father, I thank you for having heard me” (Jn. 11:41), demonstrate His emphasis on giving thanks. Jesus gave thanks before raising Lazarus from the dead, showing the need for us to give thanks even before the healing becomes physically evident.
A thankful attitude may not be easy to develop when a health challenge is apparent; however, daily practice of giving thanks for the life of God within will help you nurture the feeling of thankfulness. If you know, with the writer of Proverbs, that a “cheerful heart is a good medicine” (Prov. 17:22) and keep your heart cheerful and full of praise, you bless your body with healing energy.
Have faith. Be willing. Give thanks. By using these three qualities, you open your heart to healing. Know that healing – perfect healing – is taking place now. (#656)
My heart is open to your healing life within me, dear God, and I am healed.
This Silent Unity Affirmation & Reflection is one of many we send out to help people with their prayer work when they approach us for prayer. If you want to contact Silent Unity for prayer support, click the box at the top of this page – or phone the prayerline on 01628-628916.