SCRIPTURES: Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Exodus 15:26 “…And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
THOUGHT: Psalm 23:3a mentions “restoration” or a return to a previous state of peace, rest, security and/or health, etc. There are many Scriptures referring to restoration or healing of heart, mind, relationships, and of the physical body. The Lord is the Restorer or Healer of all of your soul, your short comings, and your diseases. The first mention of Jehovah-Rapha, The Lord Who Is Your Healer is in Exodus 15:26. In this case, just like with Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord Who Is Your Provider, instruction is given that obedience to God brings the blessings of God. This is affirmed by Jesus who said, “sin no more”, (John 5:14; John 8:11) even indicating that with continuing sin, the situation could get worse. Also James, in the context of sickness recommends that an elder be called in to help you to deal with your hindrances, identify your sins and repent for sin, so that your healing can manifest (James 5:14-16). An elder, in this case, is one who is sufficiently experienced as to help you identify the steps to your healing transformation, any spiritual blocks to your healing and any other variables that may be affecting the healing process. There are many verses of Scripture that speak directly to God’s will for healing of the children of God. Here are only a few: Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Exodus 23:25; Jeremiah 30:17; Isaiah 38:16-17; Proverbs 4:20-22; 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 8:11; 3 John 1:2. (Note that Jehovah-Rapha may also be seen as Jehovah-Rophe and Jehovah-Rophecha.)
If you need healing, this is your prayer: PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father: I fully accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for my sins, for my salvation and for my healing. I renounce the work of Satan and the hold of sin on my mind, my emotions and my body. I receive in my heart the New Covenant in the blood of Jesus Christ and all of the benefits that You intended for me: Salvation; the soundness of my mind; and of my physical body. Since healing was provided as a part of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I claim the benefits of Jesus’ humiliation, the cross of reconciliation, His shed blood and the stripes on His back, which were made for me. I cry out to You in prayer, along with the Scripture in Jeremiah 17:14: “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!