Next Steps

Prayer and Healing
Acts 9:32-43

Have you seen God heal? Can He do the impossible? Can He give us back what was stolen by sin and Satan? Can He make a way in the wilderness? Can He give us a song in the night, in the midst of despair? Can He heal our strained relationships? Can God heal our broken and sick bodies – can He raise the dead to life? Yes! A million time over. God is able! If this is true, it means we must now rearrange our expectations of God; it means we must rethink all we’ve believed and thought about God. In Acts 9:32-43, we see two examples where God demonstrates with absolute certainty that He is able. In the first example (vv. 32-35), a paralyzed man named Aeneas walks again, and in vv. 36-43, a dead woman comes back to life! Can we not see the power of God here? He is able. He did these things to show us that (1) the God of Jesus Christ is the true God, and (2) when we pray, God actually responds. So, is there something you’re trusting God for? I have some really good news: don’t stop praying! Not only can God do the impossible, He longs to. He wants to. If we believe in the God of the Bible, we should expect miracles, we should expect anwered prayers, and we most certainly should expect our God to be with us in any circumstance we face. We can live with bold hope!

What does God want us to know about Himself, and about prayer and healing this week?

Monday: God loves to answer our prayers. (Matthew 7:7)
Tuesday: God is able to answer our prayers. (Psalm 50:15)
Wednesday: God has answered our prayers. (Psalm 6:9)
Thursday: God will answer our prayers. (1 John 5:14-15)
Friday: God invites us to come in faith. (Hebrews 4:16; c.f. Isaiah 59:2)
Saturday: The reason for all this is to point to Jesus, in Whom all His glory dwells. (John 14:13-14)

So this week, let us raise our hands and worship a God Who does wondrous things. A God who longs to hear and answer us when we pray. Now will we pray? Will we believe God? We must!

Pastor Briant