Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they PRAISED the God of Israel. -Matthew 15:30-31
Reflect | Much of Jesus’ ministry was spent healing the sick as recorded by Mathew, Mark, and Luke. In fact, the first chapter of Mark tells us that the first healing in the book of Mark was the healing of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. Often after the healing had taken place the one healed praised God for the healing. Many times, when healing takes place, we credit the physician(s) for that healing, but ultimately all healing is in the will of God and we recognize that Jesus is the “Great Physician. No doubt the people who were healed had prayed earnestly for healing, but it wasn’t until Jesus came along that their prayers were answered the way they wanted them answered. Healing is often the proof to us that God hears our prayers. But daily we are showered with his blessings and answers to our many prayers, but we fail to realize God’s hand in our answered prayers.
Pray | O God of all healing and the answerer of our prayers, we give you thanks for all of the requests we have made. Many times, we fail to realize how you have answered our prayers because we credit doctors, friends and even coincidence for answering our prayers. Help us to see your hand in the answer to our prayers, even when they are not answered in the way we would like. Help us to always PRAISE THE GOD OF ISREAL when our prayers are answered. In the name of the Great Physician: Amen.