“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” Jeremiah 17:14
I belong to a number of “prayer” groups on Facebook, and the majority of prayer requests are those for healing. People are desperate to be well. Of course, who wouldn’t want to be free of sickness, pain and infirmity? We as a faith community believe strongly in the power of prayer and the ability of our God to heal, and so, with fervent faith, we fall on our knees and cry out to our Great Physician for healing — for others, and for ourselves.
In some cases, healing comes quickly, and we are quick to rejoice and praise God. In other cases, it seems as though nothing, or nearly nothing happens. And so, we keep praying, keep asking, keep seeking. It is in times such as these that we can grow weary in our prayers. How many times to we need to ask, and how long do we have to wait?
This verse of scripture has been running though my mind for a few weeks: “Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14). I have always loved this verse, but only recently have I meditated on it, and chewed on it to get the most understanding out of it. Heal me, Lord! When we experience times of sickness and pain, our first reaction is to cry out to the Lord in desperation…perhaps, more so than faith. I hurt! I’m sick! Heal me! I do believe that God hears these pleas from his children, and they touch the Father heart of God. No one likes to see their children suffer. But the verse in Jeremiah is more than a desperate plea of “Heal me, Lord!”, rather, if we read on we see this resolute statement “…and I will be healed….” So, first the cry, but then the statement of faith and belief. There is almost a resounding “Amen” that echos through the later half of the statement. “Heal me, Lord, and I WILL be healed…” (emphasis mine). The verse continues with “…save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”
You see, God doesn’t do things halfway. He is an “all or nothing” kind of God. An incomplete healing is not healing at all. There is no such thing as being partially saved. Either you are, or you are not saved. Likewise, I believe the prophet is showing us that the same holds true of healing. Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed! I believe for myself, as well as everyone else, for COMPLETE healing…for total wholeness. That is the nature of our God.
My encouragement to you today is don’t lose heart, and don’t settle for what is not complete. When God does something, he does it well! Keep the faith, because miracles happen when we truly and persistently believe!