Sunday, 3 February 2013

The Lord is my Healer

"YHWH (traditionally named Jehovah) Rapha – the Lord is my Healer" was the subject of the second of our series on the Covenant Names of God, today. A congregational discussion revealed instances of healing today but also of the mystery of apparently unanswered prayers for healing. Steve highlighted the importance of healing in a society without scientific medicine but also showed how it occurred in the Old Testament as well as the New.

Healing certainly includes physical healing, but also mental and spiritual as well. It formed a large part of Jesus' ministry and when he addressed his disciples, before his ascension, he specifically handed on to them his healing role. Therefore, a healing ministry should be part of the church's ministry today. So, Steve encouraged us to pray for people's healing.

During the communion, those who wished stayed at the rail and Steve prayed for their healing and anointed them with oil. A substantial number of people took this opportunity.