Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18)
READ: Mark 16: 17-18
Testimonies are powerful tools that can motivate the hearers to overcome their present challenges. No wonder Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”. Any testimony worth its salt must be able to stir up the faith of the hearers to say: ‘If the testifier could arrive at that point of victory, then it is equally possible for me the hearer ’. The day an 86-year-old man testified how he was miraculously healed, I decided Jesus Christ would be my personal doctor from that day on. By god’s grace, it is over 35 years now that the Lord has been my faithful physician. If there is one thing you should testify to about God, it is that He is the Great Physician. Also that if you follow Him, He will perform healings through you. According to Mark 16:17-18, the ability to lay hands on the sick and they receive their healing is not limited to pastors and ministers of the Gospel, but everyone who believes in Jesus, and receives Him as Lord and Saviour. But what if you lay hands and pray for the sick but nothing happens? Go to another sick person! Do not be discouraged. You are not the healer. Yours is to lay hands and pray and let God do the healing. Soon, you will get results.
When you want to pray for the sick, you can start from your little level and grow from there. Some people, who have never successfully prayed for healing of a mere headache, want God to use them to cure terminal diseases. You don’t start from the top, but from the bottom. When I started laying hands on the sick, I was operating at a very low level. I started with my children. When they are sick, I will keep some aspirin aside so that if nothing happens after the laying on of hands, I would administer the drugs. God honoured my faith. Usually, five minutes after praying, they would be okay. When I saw this working on my children, I took another step towards my friends as I was sure they will not tell anybody, should they fail to be healed. But God has been faithful. Have you obeyed God’s words to pray for the sick? Have you exercised your faith in bringing healing to the sick?
How will you know if you carry the healing anointing when you fail to pray for the sick?
Bible in one year: Prov. 12-14