During Wednesdays in Lent, we will pray for healing.
You might wonder about this. When I was growing up, my congregation did not have special services of prayer for healing. We went to the doctor, and believed that the healing of God was involved in these modern discoveries. We prayed for the sick in church, but we did not engage in healing as a special ministry.
However, that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, the early church was regarded as a community of healing. The Christian community nursed each other prayed for each other, and lifted each other up, to the extent that the outside world looked at them and wondered, “See how these Christians love one another!” In the Roman world, people who were sick would be abandoned. But Christians did not do this. And in that way they witnessed to the world about a God who would not abandon them.
So, prayers for healing have a long history in the church. And in recent years, services of healing have found their way back into our worship books. We are encouraged to gather together to pray for one another, and to pray especially for God’s healing in our lives.
There is not just one kind of healing that God gives. He gives physical healing, emotional healing and forgiveness of sins. God heals broken relationships and our fractured world. And God calls us, as his people, to come together to pray for all these kinds of healing.
It’s who we are.
Join us on Wednesdays in Lent. We will sing, we will pray. We will pray for healing for ourselves, for others, and for the world.