How to Pray for Healing and Restoration
There is an aversion in most people (especially us men) to asking for help. Whether it’s asking for directions (not needed much now with GPS technology) or simply asking for helpful advice, human beings tend to balk at requesting help because we think it implies a certain weakness or insufficiency. We Christians know, however, that we are in constant need for healing and restoration because of our human frailties. Is there a good way to ask God for help…specifically for healing and restoration? Read on…
Monday…Romans 7 is an amazing chapter (the other 1188 chapters in the Bible are also pretty amazing!) because in this chapter we see who was arguably the best missionary of all time, the Apostle Paul, confessing that he has a daily struggle with sin and is in need of constant help from the Lord. Paul is a wonderful example of humility and that is precisely the place to start when one wishes to pray for healing and restoration. Start with humbling yourself before your God.
Tuesday…After one has humbled the self before the Lord, approach the throne of grace boldly. Do you have an hour or two that you could spare this week to read the book of Hebrews? Sure you do. Read it and be blessed! Pay special attention to the theme of approaching God’s throne with boldness since Jesus, our High Priest, will present our petitions to our Heavenly Father on our behalf. So, we humble ourselves through confession and self-examination and then approach the Father through our High Priest, Jesus.
Wednesday…Tell God exactly what you need and why. Do you need forgiveness for a besetting sin? Do you need to repair a broken relationship? Do you need physical healing? Have you drifted from the path marked out for you by Christ and need to get back on that path? You know that God already knows your need so there is no need for embarrassment or hesitation (Matthew 6:8).
Thursday…Have you read the story of the prodigal son lately? Luke 15 talks about a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost boy. Do you recall where the Father was when the boy decided to return home? That’s right, he was looking for him. We see the father on the porch, shielding his eyes from the sun, staring down the road upon which he hopes to see his son. That is what God does. He watches for those who need to be restored. If your prayer is to be restored to a right relationship, He is watching for you.
Friday…I need help getting through life and I have no problem at all confessing my need for Jesus Christ. There was a time I could not say that, but that time is long past. What a relief to lean on, “the everlasting arms”!
By Dale Holzbauer