"Let us pray.
God of heavenly power, by Your word You drive away all weakness and sickness from the bodies of men. In your mercy, be with Your servant now so that his (her) infirmity may depart, his (her) full strength and health may return, and he (she) may bless Your holy name.
Through Christ our LORD.
One of the books I am currently reading is simply called "Healing" by Francis MacNutt.
The book is described on the front cover as "The first comprehensive Catholic book on healing by the foremost authority on the healing ministry in the Roman Catholic Church today". The prayer that I opened this post with was found within its pages and is referred to as one of the Roman Rituals ancient prayers for visiting the sick.
Though not a Catholic, I am one who believes in the healing ministry of Jesus and it's prominent place in introducing people to the kingdom of God, and the King himself, Jesus. When the apostle Peter was preaching to Cornelius and his household he used these words . . .
In truth, I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ - He is LORD of all - that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:34-38The last chapter of Mark, under the heading 'The Great Commission' in my Bible, also gives healing a definite place in the spreading of the gospel. These are the words of Jesus himself . .
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues' they will take up serpents ; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover." Mark 16:15-18One of my favourite quotes from the book so far is this . . .
Jesus did not heal people to prove that He was God; He healed people because He was God.Over the last few days I have received several prayer requests for people needing God's healing touch. I include these dear ones with my own prayers for healing . . . God of heavenly power . . . drive away all weakness and sickness from our bodies, in Your mercy, be with your servants now so that our infirmities may depart, full strength and health may return and we my bless Your holy name.