25 Christmas Prayers – Day 11

Today is the eleventh in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord–Jehovah Rapha, The God Who Heals. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas.)

http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/25-christmas-prayers-day-11Day 11 – Jehovah Rapha, The God Who Heals

Lord, more than ever, so many need Your healing–body, soul, and spirit. In their times of greatest pain they sometimes hide from You, thinking You will not know–or even care.

You Are Our Only Hope

But You are Jehovah Rapha, the God Who Heals. You are our only hope. When You fail to answer immediately, You are not abandoning us at our point of need. You haven’t forgotten us. You’ve recorded every symptom and every tear. In Your time and in Your way, You still bring healing.

The God Who Heals and Forgives

Lord, You continually pour Your salve of cleansing, healing, and forgiveness over our spirits. Time and time again, we lay our complaints at Your feet, yet You never turn us away. What a compassionate God You are!

The God Who Heals and Blesses

Jesus, this Christmas season we ask a special blessing on the hurting, the sick, the lonely, and the lost. You are more than enough when tough times enter households and invade families. Your touch diffuses stress and calms fears. With You by our side we can endure whatever crosses our path, knowing this life is only temporary. A greater blessing awaits Your children–a place with no sorrow, no pain, and no disease. You are the God who completely heals.

The God Who Heals Completely

To those who need soul healing, Lord, give us the passion to pursue them as You do. May the tenderness and love in this season draw them to You, so You can “heal” completely. Use our arms, our legs, our voices, and our gifts to tell them about our Jehovah Rapha–and about the Christ of Christmas.

Resurrect and Restore

Resurrect our faith from the ashes of bad experiences and painful losses. Restore as only You can.

In Your wisdom and in Your mercy, grant healing this Christmas to those who need it most. Like the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, we long to feel Your power and life flowing through us. We trust Your perfect will, but we ask–because we are Your children.

We bless You and celebrate You this Christmas, our Jehovah Rapha, our God who heals. We thank you for all the blessings and benefits that come, just from being Your child. No one can make us whole but You.

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who…heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:2-3 NIV

What About You?

How has Jesus been your Jehovah Rapha, the God Who Heals? I’d love for you to share.

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    6 Responses to “25 Christmas Prayers – Day 11”

    1. Mary Holmes on December 12th, 2010 2:25 am

      Thank yoo for this Rebecca. I have severe arthritis needing several joint replacements. I was going to begin them with R knee replacement and circumstances has now forced concellation twice. First time in June, I sustained a stress fracture of R hip and doctor could not do the knee. This week, I went all the way to the Operating Room and received a pre anesthesia nerve block to my R leg. My blood pressure started going up higher and the anesthesiologist said it was too dangerous for the general anesthetic, so once again, surgery was cancelled. I am in a lot of pain and use a walker for ambulation. I am considering that perhaps since this has happened twice, I am not suppose to have surgery. I need healing from our Jehovah Rapha, so I can improve my mobility and decrease my pain level.I also need Him to take charge of my blood pressure and stabilize it as it is still high. This issue of your blog was very encouraging to me.

    2. sacred journeys Hawaii on December 12th, 2010 7:53 am

      I love Psalms.. full of praises for Him.
      But for now, I focus on Ecclesiastes. :)

    3. Rebecca on December 12th, 2010 4:32 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Mary. May the Lord give you wisdom about what to do in the future–and may our Jehovah Rapha bring healing and grace to your life as you trust Him daily.

    4. Rebecca on December 12th, 2010 4:34 pm

      Sacred Journeys, the book of Psalms, Ecclesiastes–all of God’s Word is so good and so powerful! Thanks for sharing.

    5. Coralie - Queensland, Australia on December 12th, 2011 12:30 am

      Jehovah Rapha and all that He encompasses. O say the name, Jesus – the Healing Balm of Gilead. Jesus, there is something about that name, the name we bow the knee to, the name we love to call on. It is written that God sent His Word (Jesus) and healed us and delivered us out of our destructions. I need to be constantly reminded how much I need Him, how much the world needs Him. Together we can all make a difference to those who need healing, to those whose hearts are broken, to those who are separated from loved ones. Thank you for reminding us that Jehovah Rapha is a heartbeat away and as we push into HIm, we will hear His heartbeat for his hurting world. With one voice, let’s cry out to Him for those who need healing. He will hear, His arm is not shortened to save and to heal. God Bless you Rebecca.

    6. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 12th, 2011 7:34 pm

      Thanks for your words, Coralie.

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