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When You Hurt and When He Heals: Experiencing the Surprising Power of Prayer (New)

(Paperback - Sep 2004)
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Overview

Jennifer Kennedy Dean is an intercessor who has experienced the healing power of prayer. In "When You Hurt and When He Heals," Jennifer guides you through a series of meditations designed to encourage and challenge you as you put your life in the hands of Almighty God, and allow Him to heal you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

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  • SKU: 9780802446008
  • SKU10: 0802446000
  • Title: When You Hurt and When He Heals: Experiencing the Surprising Power of Prayer
  • Qty Remaining Online: 2
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Date Published: Sep 2004
  • Edition Description: New
  • Pages: 143
  • Weight lbs: 0.34
  • Dimensions: 6.54" L x 5.02" W x 0.37" H
  • Features: Price on Product, Bibliography
  • Themes: Theometrics | Evangelical;
  • Category: CHRISTIAN LIVING
  • Subject: Prayer

Chapter Excerpt


Chapter One

Prayer's Power

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it (1 Thess. 5:23-24).

Prayer is a conduit through which the power of God flows. Prayer brings the power of heaven into the circumstances of earth. God has designed prayer to be the avenue by which the power promised in Scripture becomes available to His people.

If we take God at His Word, then nothing on earth is beyond the reach of His astounding power. "Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you" (Jer. 32:17).

Am I overusing the word power? My writer's instincts tell me I am. But there is no other word to take its place. Power is the essence of prayer. James 5:16 states: "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." Prayer is not a benign, feel-good, stress-relieving exercise. Prayer releases the power of God to change the circumstances of earth.

In this book, we will consider specifically the power of prayer to bring healing. As we examine what the Word of God tells us about this topic, keep in mind that prayer is not convincing God or even bringing your need to His attention. He knows what you will need before you need it; He yearns to supply your need and is awakening in you the inclination to seek Him and His provision. Prayer is simply opening your life to receive what He has to give.

Ole Hallesby, one of Norway's leading Christian teachers, wrote, "To pray is nothing more involved than to let Jesus into our needs. To pray is to give Jesus permission to employ His powers in the alleviation of our distress To pray is nothing more involved than to open the door, giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting Him to exercise His own power in dealing with them." And E. Stanley Jones writes inAbundant Living, "Prayer is . the opening of a channel from your emptiness to God's fullness."

Whatever form of healing you need, God is able to do it. God cares about every aspect of your being. He created you to be a multidimensional creature, one layer interacting with and affecting another layer. In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Paul prays that "your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless." John writes to his friend Gaius, "Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers" (3 John 2 NASB). "In all respects," he says. And he uses the word prosper, a Greek word that means "to be led down a good path" or "succeed." Every part of you-your spirit, your soul, and your body-matter to God. He created all of you.

Your Creator does not disregard any part of you. You may begin these days with one agenda for healing, only to discover that the need extends to another level. You may begin with a felt need for healing a relationship, only to discover that first you need a healing in your memories.

My friend Anna wanted prayer because she had done all she could do to repair her failing marriage. Her husband seemed oblivious to the fact that she was miserable. She felt continually angry with him, and that anger seemed to grow with each new offense. And the offenses seemed to come daily.

As we prayed regularly together, I asked Anna to concentrate on taking her focus off of what her husband did to hurt her and instead to observe what these hurtful incidents made her feel-other than angry. She found that as she monitored her emotional responses, a pattern emerged. At the bottom of most of her hurt feelings was a sense of having failed. She knew that her mother had regularly communicated to her that nothing she did was ever good enough. In subtle ways her mother caused Anna to feel as if her decisions were wrong and her actions never measured up to her mother's expectations.

Anna began to realize that she read into her husband's words what she was used to hearing from her mother. This realization led her to deeper inner healing as she came to a compassionate understanding of her mother. Anna also recognized that she believed that she was a failure and expected to hear it from others. Her need for healing in a relationship was the impetus for a deeper healing.

So be open to how the Spirit directs your thoughts, and trust Him. Know that He can and will guide you into all truth. "The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being" (Prov. 20:27). "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).

Are you willing right now to open your entire life to His healing presence? Even knowing that His power may interrupt cherished sin-patterns or challenge comfortable beliefs? Do you want all of Him more than you want any other thing? You can have as much of Him that you make room for.

REFLECT

As you begin this healing journey, what is motivating you to seek the Healer? List your symptoms as you perceive them right now.

Do you have any anxiety about putting yourself in the hands of the Healer and holding nothing back? Are there areas of your life that you would like to keep off-limits from Him? Remember, you can be fearlessly honest. He knows your heart inside and out. Write out today's date, and give a brief description of the circumstances of your life right now. This will be a reference point for you for years to come.

PRAYER

Lord, I am opening myself fully to You. I release all of my needs to You. I invite You to search out the hidden toxins in my soul. I want to cooperate with You in the healing You will bring. Let the rushing, mighty wind of Your Spirit blow through my life. Even now I thank You for the mighty and powerful work of healing You have already begun and will complete. I claim it now as my own. Amen.

Hear His Heart

"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:6).

Chapter Two

God's Compassion

Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean! (Mark 1:41).

God is full of compassion. The word compassion actually means "to suffer with" (com. "with"; pati, "to suffer, bear"). To say that God has compassion on you means that your pain, your need, touches His heart as if it were His own.

Are there people in your life whom you love so deeply and with whom you are so intimately connected that their pain hurts you more than your own? Truthfully, I have more difficulty recovering from my children's hurts than from my own. Their pain is more painful to me than it is to them sometimes. But hurting with them and for them is usually all I can do. My compassion for them does not heal them. So it is wonderful to know that God also has compassion on them.

God's compassion compels Him to exercise His power on our behalf. The Lord defines His compassion this way: "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands" (Isa. 49:15-16).

In this word-picture. Isaiah is setting up a highly unlikely, almost impossible scenario: Could a mother forget her nursing child? He used the same device in a later chapter: "'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord, who has compassion on you" (54:10). Here's the logic: As impossible as this scenario is, what God is proclaiming is even more impossible. Even if a mother could forget her nursing child, God says that He would never, never forget you.

Why is it so impossible for a mother to forget her nursing child? When a nursing baby cries, the mother's body is suddenly flooded with what the baby needs. It is an amazing physiological phenomenon that the cry of need releases the supply. When a woman's body is full of the baby's provision, the mother is in pain until the baby nurses-takes what she has ready to give. The cry of hunger is met with an answering cry of compassion. She cannot forget her nursing child because her body reminds her.

Like the nursing mother, God is completely sufficient to provide what you need, and He has the supreme power to deliver it.

Even more wonderful than that, your pain echoes in His heart. And He is so full of provision that He aches for you to receive it from Him. He knows about the need before you do, and the supply is ready and waiting for you. He hears your cry before it escapes your lips-while it is still an inarticulate groaning to which you have not attached words. Never at any moment is your pain or your need silent before Him. Even when you are not consciously thinking of it or feeling it, He sees it and knows it. As the psalmist wrote, "All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you" (Ps. 38:9).

It is not the cry of the lips but the cry of the heart that God hears. "Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear" (Isa. 65:24).

REFLECT

Describe compassion as you have felt it for another person. Often an element in human compassion is the sense of helplessness. Was that part of your experience? Describe how that felt.

Write a statement about the confidence you have in God, even if you cannot define what you need.

PRAYER

Lord Almighty-El Shaddai-I believe that You Yourself are the answer to my heart's cry. I need You because You are full and overflowing with the power to heal me. I am coming to You now, receiving Your compassion. Let your power flow over me, through me, in me. Amen.

Hear His Heart

"Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love" (Ps. 31:16).

Chapter Three

A Platform for His Power

All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future-all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God (1 Cor. 3:21-23).

To know firsthand God's compassion, to receive into your experience His life-giving power, all you need to do is turn your need toward Him. Let your need for healing-whether it be a need for emotional healing, healing of memories, healing of a relationship, or physical healing-be the platform for His power.

Do you doubt that He could be full of compassion for you? Have you believed that you are not valuable enough to Him that He should long to care for your needs? Do you rehearse your failures and your shortcomings and convince yourself that He could not possibly yearn over you and ache to give you every good thing? Do you see Him as maintaining distance between Himself and you-as if He holds Himself aloof and shuns you?

Look at the end of God's very own definition of His compassion: "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands" (Isa. 49:16). Just as His people write on their hands "The Lord's" as a sign of their belonging to and reverence for Him (44:5), so God Himself carves on His hands His belonging and eternal attentiveness to His people.

What else does an engraving or carving on God's palms remind you of? Yes, the nail-scarred hands of Jesus. Do you see? The stakes that were meant for your hands pierced His instead. The whip that was meant for your back fell on His instead. The scorn meant for you He took. The unimaginably savage death you deserved He bore for you. All for you! All for you! His compassion for you is no sentimental, imaginary feeling. It caused Him to step into your place and let your punishment be inflicted upon Him (see Isa. 52:13-53:12).

My dear friend, would He pay the full price for you and then withhold from you any good thing? The remedy to every pain or grief or difficulty that comes into your life was provided for in His death and resurrection. Does He not want you to have everything He paid so high a price to obtain? Paul assures us that "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" (Rom. 8:32).

Imagine that someone purchased an appliance for you and also paid for a warranty to take care of any repairs. Imagine that at some point the appliance breaks down and is in need of repair. You don't know about the warranty, so you forgo the use of your appliance because you can't afford the repair. Then imagine the giver's despair when she discovers that you have not accessed the provision she had already paid for. Think of her sorrow at knowing that you have scraped by when she had already paid the price that would guarantee you exactly what you needed.

God, too, has paid for your healing. He has paid for your wholeness. He wants you to have the fullness of everything that is already yours in Him. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:21 that "all things are yours." Why? Because you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God. You belong to Christ because He has purchased you. Now everything He has is yours, and He has everything because He is God's.

He is so determined that you should have everything He paid for that He put His life in you as a guarantee (Eph. 1:13-14). His love for you is so intense that it compels Him to come near. He desires intimacy with you to such an extent that He has made His home with you (John 14:23). He is not a faraway, arms-length, distant deity. Turn to Him, and you will find rest for your soul.

Take to heart the words of Major Ian Thomas:

If you are to know the fulness of life in Christ, you are to appropriate the efficacy of what He is Relate everything, moment by moment as it arises, to the adequacy of what He is in you, and assume that His adequacy will be operative Simply expose by faith every situation as it arises, to the all-sufficiency of the One who indwells you by His life. Can any situation possibly arise, in any circumstances, for which He is not adequate? Any pressure, promise, problem, responsibility or temptation for which the Lord Jesus Himself is not adequate? If He be truly God, there cannot be a single one!

REFLECT

Do you think there is anything-any problem, any hurt, any illness-for which Christ is inadequate? Is He lacking anything?

In his tender poem to love, Solomon has the bride declare to her bridegroom, "My beloved is mine, and I am his" (Song 2:16 NASB). As the bride of Christ, you belong to Jesus, and Jesus belongs to you.

Continues.

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