God’s Prescription for Healing

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 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves

and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven,

will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  

Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.

For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever,

and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 

II Chronicles 7:14-16

There it is – God’s prescription for healing. First, recognize that I am called by His name, I am His. Secondly, humble myself. I was real excited when I read this passage this morning. Until the word humble came along. I tripped on that, I had to look it up and then had to repent and have meditated on it all day. Basically, it means to submit to God all that I am in order for Him to be all that He is in my life. Sounds like an exchange that is definitely in my favor, so what’s the snag?

I googled “what does it mean to humble yourself” and found this answer by wfestrock: “I think humility is coming to grips with who and what you really are. A very weak and flawed being who is ever prone to evil and very insecure and fragile and vulnerable in ten thousand ways. If you could see the truth, humility would come very naturally.  When you humble yourself, you are beginning to see things as they really are”.

I read all kinds of other more sophisticated answers from Bible scholars but this one struck a nerve with me. I have felt so vulnerable lately as more and more, God shows me the weak and flawed aspects of me, aspects I would rather just not deal with. But I do want to healed of this chronic pain and arthritis, and so, I find myself in a conundrum. Go all the way for this healing, humble myself, own up to my flaws and insecurities and yuck and begin the process of unloading all that and be one step closer to healed or leave all this alone and look for another path. Problem is, there is no other path, this is the path God is leading me on.

I realized this morning, that I am the land God desires to heal. You are the land He desires to heal. The healing might just take a different path that the one I started on. God is a holistic healer and He, apparently, is not willing to simply heal my body without healing the rest of me.

The big help in all of this is His promise that if I will humble myself and pray and seek His face and turn from my ways that don’t honor Him, He will forgive me and heal me and His eyes and His ears will be upon me perpetually. What have I got to lose?

Gracious, heavenly Father, I submit to Your plan and Your purposes for my life, even Your pathway for this healing to manifest fully. Forgive me for all the times I have tried to have it my way, to do things the way that seems expedient to me, easiest to me, least painful to me when You have a more complete view of healing than I ever could have. Grant me the grace to humble myself and seek Your face and pray and please keep Your eyes and ears on me perpetually. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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  1. II Chronicles 7:14-16 is one of my favorites, and also one of the hardest to keep in front of me in my daily goings on. I am by nature pretty arrogant, and I default to “self reliant” instead of “God reliant” almost every time I approach something, and then have to become humble to get it right.
    Thank you again for your writing and helping me remember that God is the reason we have and can do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING!

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  2. Isaiah 40:31 is my life verse: Yet those who wait for the Lord
    Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles,They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

    This verse was given to me by an Oklahoma Methodist minister when I was in the hospital in my teens. I have been sick all my life – until November 21, 2010 when God miraculously healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

    God impressed upon my husband and me in 2008 that He would heal me. We pressed into the Scripture and read as many books as we could consume on healing. My doctor wanted to put me on disability, and he wanted me to resign from my job.

    I was healed at a healing service the night I let go of the promised healing and told God that I didn’t care any more about the healing; I just wanted more of Him. That night, God gave me the desires of my heart: He gave me more of Him AND healing in my body and spirit. That night turned my life upside down … and my husband’s. That night set a new direction and new beginnings.

    God loves you and is taking you by the hand on your journey to healing. He’s pushing you out of the eaglet’s nest. You may be falling, but He will swoop under you and carry you on His wings until you are able to fly, until you have freedom from pain, until you soar with Him in the freedom of His wonderful love and presence.

    Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, Bless His holy name. Forget none of His benefits. He forgives all our iniquities and heals all our sicknesses. Psalm 103.

    Bless you, dear one, Karen

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