Do you know who prayed the first prayer of healing for others in the Bible? Genesis 20:17-18 17) So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. 18) For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife. Here we find that it was Abraham who prayed the first prayer for healing for Abimelech, his wife and maidservants to bear children. Now can you imagine the plight of this man; He is praying for others to have children and God in answer to his prayers blesses them with children, while as Abraham and Sarah are still childless. What do we learn from this? Beloved, whatever God has asked you to do for others keep doing it faithfully even though your present circumstances may seem to be contrary to what your are called to do. You may be suffering with some kind of pain in your body but at the same time God may ask you to relieve the pain of others or pray for their healing. You may have financial problems but God may ask you to give something to somebody who is in need. Remember, obedience unlocks the blessings. Obedience opens the door. When you meet others need, God will meet your need. Let us look at what God did to Abraham and Sarah soon after Abraham obeyed God by praying for Abimelech and his people to have children. Immediately the next verse says in Genesis 21:1-3 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. Do you know that Abraham's prayer for others brought the fulfillment of his own promise! Sometimes your miracle may be locked up in praying for others or helping those who have similar problems. In doing what God wants you to do for others even though they may be your enemies some times. When Joseph interpreted and helped others with their dreams in the jail, God fulfilled his dream. Obey God and do what He tells you to for others and He will make it happen for you. God bless you!
Amen Sister . . . a truth we all need to conceive of.
I had never considered before that this was the first healing prayer. And what an example! Another thing I had never considered: Praying a reality that I have been searching for into someone else's life. Seems that would take a double-dose of faith.
I have seen Christians so intent on their own needs, financial, healing, relationships that they become self-centered as opposed to being Christ-centered. They neglect reaching out and helping others because they are so fixated on their own needs.
Am I suggesting that we should not pray for our needs? Absolutely not but we must not cease to be about the Father's business either. We must not cease to "bloom where we are".
I have a friend whose husband is battling a very rare form of cancer. His outlook is not good. Over the past couple of weeks he has had three surgeries. Of course my friend is praying for her husband's healing as are a number of us. However, I have observed something very interesting in regards to her posts on his caring bridge page. She always tries to encourage others who might be facing challenges. Amazing!
Yes, obedience to God is important to answered prayers and for prayer on healing. As we also refresehes others, we will be refreshed.
Thanks for sharing, Sister Tina
From Hwa Silverpen