“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: ‘Take nothing for the journey—-no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their own, as a testimony against them.’ So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.” (Luke 9:1-6)


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall no be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for yo are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:1-6)

Beloved, this psalm reveals he multitude of ways that God shows His loving kindness and protecting power to those who need Him. The psalmist expresses confidence that God will help even in the worst circumstances that we might find ourselves, including death and evil. God’s concern for us is illustrated by His being the Good Shepherd (verses 1-4) and the gracious Host (verses 5-6). Although we will face evil, we will not fear it because of God’s relationship with us, and we can trust in God’s goodness despite problems of life and even in the dark valley of death.

God is he loving Shepherd and caring Host. In the beginning, the sheep looked to the Shepherd for leadership, guidance, and protection. In the end the guest, now situated securely in the safety of the Lord’s sanctuary, described the abundance of eternal provision. Life faces us with dangers and enemies. We can face life with confidence in God, for we gain that confidence through prayers of confidence.


Precious Abba, as Your people, we have come to understand that Psalm 23, though prayed primarily at funeral’s in today’s times, is in fact the prayer of confidence that we have come to know intimately in our daily prayers and in the relationship that You began with us. As we have matured in our relationship, Lord, we have come to know You truly are with us throughout all times and that we can and ought to place our faith and confidence in You alone. Thank You Abba, that You have become our Heavenly Father that we can come to You through Your Son, our Savior Christ Jesus. It is in His precious name that we pray. Amen


God’s gifts are never loans—-they are deposits.”


Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8)

These are the words Jesus spoke to His disciple as He sent the twelve out to minister to the needs of “the lost sheep of Israel.” With that limited commission, He gave them power to heal the sick and raise the dead. This was special power for a special need at a particular time.

Such power is not promised to all disciples as they go out to serve the Lord, but Christian compassion will cause disciples to minister to the sick and afflicted and to claim every blessing for the sick that God has promised. We must use all means possible to minister to the sick.


“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:14-16)

Christians have no exemption form the natural laws of God’s universe. We do get sick. We do have a mission to heal the sick. James described the use of oil, a medical remedy in his day as well as a symbol of God’ s powerful presence. Christians should pray for the sick and use all resources available to effect healing. Ultimately we must leave the healing to God. Faith in God should not be lost if the sick person is not healed. Payer never is a device by which God can be manipulated into doing our will, but rather for His will to be done. The clergy and/or the elders of a church ought to come together, united in faith, to prayer over one who is sick, anoint them with oil, and seeks God’s will for the person whom is sick.

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