Showing posts with label healing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healing. Show all posts

Friday, February 3, 2017

How to handle suffering and sickness

“Are any of you suffering?
Are any of you joyful?
Praise God!

Are any of you sick?
Call on the spiritual leaders of your church,
and ask them to pray over you,
anointing you with oil in the name of Jesus.

The prayer of faith will restore you,
and the Lord will lift you up.
If you have committed sin, you will be forgiven.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another,
and pray for each other to be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person
has a super powerful effect!”

James 5:13–16 prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2017, using some of the many translations found on Bible Gateway.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Exorcism in the power of Christ

Luke 4:31-37

And Jesus went down to Capernaum –
a town in Galilee where He
taught the people on the Sabbath day,
and they were dazed by His teaching –
amazed by His Word
of power,
of authority.

And in the synagogue, a man
by an evil spirit
cried out with a terrible cry:
‘Oh, let us alone!
What have You to do with us?
We have nothing in common
with You, Jesus of Nazareth!
But we know Who You are –
the Holy One of God.’

Then Jesus commanded the spirit:
‘Be quiet! You are bound
to come out of him!’

And the demon threw the man down
to the floor but came out of him
without hurting him more!

Perplexed the people
turned to one another and asked:
‘What’s happening?
What’s happening?
What just happened here?
For with power and authority,
He commands hostile spirits,
and they come out and obey.’

After that, many say
word of Jesus traveled
quickly around the country.

©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and Bible reviewer, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Luke from online translations on Bible Gateway.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Healing conditions

Isaiah 58:9-12

Here’s what the LORD says:

If you remove
false accusations,
and ill words
from your midst….

If you give food
to the hungry
and help the afflicted….

From the darkness,
My light shall arise for you,
and the gloom shall become
like noon!

Then the LORD your God will guide you
and give you all you need.
Even in harsh dryness,
God will make your bones strong

God will renew your strength –
like a well-watered garden,
like a spring
whose water does not fail.

The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt
for your sake,
and you shall raise up
the broken.

People will call you,
repairer of the breach –
restorer of what once
was ruined.

©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Isaiah 58 from many of the translations found on Bible Gateway.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jesus Christ exorcizes evil

Mark 1:22-27

The teachings of Jesus
astonished people,
for He did not sound like
their teachers of the law
but One with authority.

Then, in came a man who had
an unclean spirit that cried out:
‘What have we to do with You,
Jesus of Nazareth? Did You
come to destroy us now?
I know Who You are –
the Holy One of God!’

But Jesus commanded,
Come out of this man!’

Throwing the man down
with a shriek,
the cruel spirits left.

The people shook with awe
and asked each other:
‘What just happened here?
He commands evil spirits
to obey, and they do!’

©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased these verses in the Gospel of Mark from translations found on Bible Gateway.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The healing power of physicians

Honor physicians for their services
for the Lord created them.

Their gift of healing comes from the Most High,
and powerful leaders reward them.
The skill of physicians makes them distinguished,
and the great will admire them.

The Lord created medicines from the earth,
and sensible people will not despise them.
To human beings God gave skill,
so the Lord might be glorified
through this marvelous work.

With medicine, the physician
heals and takes away pain,
while the pharmacist makes
a mixture or prepares ointments.
This work will never be finished,
but from God health spreads
over all the earth.

My child, when you are ill,
do not delay, but pray to the Lord,
and God will heal you.

Confess your faults and give them up
to rid yourself of sin.
Then give the physician his place
for the Lord created the doctors
you need, and indeed, a time may come
when physicians hold your health
in their hands. They, too, pray to the Lord
to grant them success, rest, and healing
as they work to preserve your life.

©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s Daily Bible Reading from Sirach aka Ecclesiasticus 38:1-4, 6-10, 12-14.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jesus initiates healing

Background: During a Jewish festival, Jesus went to Jerusalem where He saw a man who had been ill for 38 years, lying by the Sheep Gate. According to other Gospel records, Jesus’ parents had taken Him to Jerusalem as a child, so most likely, Jesus had seen this same man all of His life. This time was different though. This time Jesus initiated a request for the man to be healed! He asked:

“Do you want to be made well?”

The sick man did not answer the question. Instead he complained about how no one helped him and, when he tried to help himself, how other people got in his way.

Jesus listened to the man’s complaints. He heard, but He did not leave the man just lying there. With authority, He said:

“Stand up! Take up your mat and walk.”

Immediately healing occurred, and the man obeyed. Other people noticed, of course, but the religious leaders made no comment on the healing. Instead they chastised the man for carrying a bed around on the Sabbath! Then, instead of expressing his own joy or gratitude over being healed, the man blamed Jesus for telling him to pick up his mat!

When Jesus saw the healed man later in the temple, He warned:

"Look! You have been made well! Do not let sin make something worse happen to you."

Again, there’s no indication the man thanked Jesus or praised God or gave any sign of appreciation for being healed. He never said. And so, the story ends as the man goes away, finds the not-very-religious leaders, and once again tattles on Jesus.

Prayer: LORD, please forgive us for hanging onto old in-valid ways instead of seeking You and the healing power You bring into our lives. Forgive us for blaming God, circumstances, and other people – especially for our own poor attitudes. Help us to seek You, LORD. Help us want to be healed. And even when we don’t, LORD, thank You for extending Your invitation to us anyway! Praise You for giving us Your ongoing love in Jesus’ Name.

© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrased story from John 5:1-15


Monday, June 11, 2012

Christians can train to administer healing

The Christian healing ministry of Francis and Judith MacNutt began a work in me that led to this blog and more. Or, to be more precise, God graced my husband and me with good timing in meeting Francis on several blessed occasions and praying for people as they came up for healing after Francis’ talks at our church.

Since then we have moved to a rural area of N. FL where we’re part of a small congregation with a mid-week healing service that includes Eucharist. And, not far away in Jacksonville, the Christian Healing Ministries (CHM) has established deep roots and grown – around the globe and also on the Internet.  

So, if you have wondered how you can be trained to administer the healing power of Jesus Christ, I highly recommend the biblically sound training materials, online resources, and powerful prayers you will find on the CHM website. Also, to give you an idea of how Francis’ teachings and a word from my pastor affected me and a woman for whom I prayed, here’s a hotlink to my poem "At the Altar, Railing."

May God continue to bless you and Christian healing ministries everywhere in Jesus’ Name.

Mary Sayler

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Ten Commandments bring healing

Last time we talked about the healing power of confession and reconciliation, which is especially timely in the days before Passover and Easter. But some might wonder what the “good people” of God need to consider and confess.

While the entire Bible gives us guidelines that draw us closer to God, the Ten Commandments condense and highlight the areas most apt to pull us away.

“And God spoke these words, saying: ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

‘You shall have no other gods but Me.

‘You shall not make an idol of any likeness of anything in heaven above or the earth beneath or the water under the earth.

‘You shall not bow down to worship or serve idols, for I the LORD your God am a passionate God, Who allows the sins of the parents to visit their children unto the third and fourth generation of them who hate me,

‘But showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold guiltless those who take the very name of God as a triviality.

‘Remember the Sabbath and treat the Sabbath rest as holy.

‘Six days shall you labor, and do all your work.

‘But the seventh day is the Sabbath rest of the LORD your God. In that rest you shall not do any work, nor shall your son or daughter, manservant or maidservant, or even your livestock and the stranger who stays with you.

‘For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them then rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the LORD blessed the Sabbath and made that rest holy.

‘Honor your father and mother so that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God gives to you.

‘You shall not murder anyone.

‘You shall not commit adultery.

‘You shall not steal.

‘You shall not bear false witness against anyone.

‘You shall not covet someone’s house, spouse, servant, livestock, or anything anyone owns’,”
Exodus 20:1-17.

As Moses came down from Mount Sinai to deliver those words from God, thunder and lightning accompanied him. Terrified, the people backed away and, standing in fear, begged Moses:

“Speak to us, and we will listen, but oh, please do not let God speak to us, or we will die!” Exodus 20:19.

Thousands of years later, many people of God still feel that way! But Moses said to them – and to us:

“Do not be afraid! God has come to test (examine) you that you may be in awe of God and sin not,” Exodus 20:20.

Through Moses, our awesome God gave us a condensed guide to a godly life, and, even today – or perhaps, especially today – those Ten Commandments continue to examine us as we examine our lives, ourselves, and our motives in their holy light.

© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Please do not copy without permission. Thank you, and thank God for always letting us know what is expected of us.


Monday, January 9, 2012

The healing power of common union in our church Body of Christ

On the Christian Poets and Writers blog, a vine pattern illustrates the connection Christ wants His people to have with Him before we go running off, as I’m apt to do, in all directions. In Him, The Vine – our stout connection between heaven and earth, between the spiritual world and the physical – we live and move and have our being. Otherwise, we wither with no fruitful effect to our work or lives.

This blog, however, is directed, not toward our own work, but toward the healing ministry of Jesus Christ flowing in and through Christians and the Body of Christ, the church. And so the vibrant patterns of this blog’s background reminds us of blood cells– bright purple cells to show our living connection with royalty through the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings.

Because Jesus Himself gave His followers bread and wine as the Lord’s Supper at the Last Supper, the Body of Christ appears to us in the host or elements served as bread and wine in the Eucharist or communion. The early Christians understood the necessity for this close physical connectedness, especially during times of persecution, and the Apostles understood, too, how the Lord’s Supper acted as a re-minder or re-enactment of their last blessed time together as a family group, lounging around the dinner table. Obviously, then, this communion or common-union with one another is something Jesus wanted the Family of Christ to do always in remembrance of Him but also to re-member church members by getting us together and, like a vine, draw us and entwine us into one Body, mind, and spiritual purpose.

When we think about Christ as The Vine, we can easily see how evangelical that symbol becomes as it reaches into the community, spreading the Good News of God’s love and Christ’s salvation. Preaching, teaching, writing, and stretching our gifts and talents have potent effects in touching, reaching, and drawing others to Christ. And, yet, the church is more than a vine. It’s a heart.

At the very heart of the Body of Christ is The Divine Heart of heaven and earth – a pure and perfect heart that pumps redemptive blood through the body, keeping us pure, cleansed, vibrant, and healed. That’s getting physical! But this pure and perfectly loving heart is also a spiritual heart that cleanses away toxins and impurities such as anger, grudges, resentments, wrong motives, fear, and even the viral effects of self-pity.

So whether our need for healing is physical, mental, or spiritual, the stout, strong, and perfect heart of Jesus Christ connects our lives with His and one another through interconnected veins and arteries. This sacred heart keeps us alive as individual members and as vital blood cells in the Body of Christ at work today, circulating throughout the whole world.

© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Please do not copy without permission. Thank you, and God bless.


Friday, December 30, 2011

The healing present: our Christmas gift from God

“When the Wise Men saw the star, they rejoiced with great joy. Coming into the house they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasures, they presented gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way,” Matthew 2:10-12.

As we consider the first Christmas, think about gifts we, too, can bring to Christ:

Gold – our money, talent, and golden moments generously given to people who need help

Frankincense –our thanks, praise, and prayers to God rising like incense

Myrrh – our bitter-sweet life as Christians who follow Christ even though that life-giving decision can sometimes bring hardship

Repentance – our ultimate healing as we turn from ill will, bad choices, grudges, and unforgiveness to the life-giving way of Jesus Christ

Although the astrologically Wise Men followed a star to find the Baby Jesus, they returned another way, led by God. As we follow the Lord Jesus into the New Year, our Heavenly Father will guide us into The Way of health, life, and the abundant blessings that began the first Christmas Day.


© 2011, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. May the Holy Spirit guide you into God’s good gifts for you in the New Year.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Healing Light of Christ

“And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you! Go and sin no more.’ Then He said, “I Am the Light of the world. Those who follow Me shall not walk in darkness but will have the light of life,” John 8:11b-12.

Light overcomes darkness.

Light brings levity and clear vision.

With light, we can see and face our fears, our guilt, our resentments, and anything ill in our lives.

With the Light of Christ, we receive salvos – the word from which both healing and salvation come.

Prayer: Praise You, Heavenly Father, for giving us the Baby Jesus on Christmas Day. Thank You for enlightening us with Your Holy Spirit and helping us to see ourselves as You see us in the forgiving Light of Christ. Help us to discern what needs to be healed, and give us Your prayers to pray in Jesus’ Name.

(c) 2011, Mary Harwell Sayler

Friday, December 23, 2011

The healing art of love

Poem by Mary Sayler, dedicated to God and a Crazy Old Woman:

At The Altar, Railing

Long before I saw her coming down the aisle,
I heard her animated conversation with the air.
Apparently, spirits loomed everywhere her
mind and body moved. This would not have
been my problem to solve, much less prove,
except for being my turn to pray for anyone
who came my way with need. I told my pastor,
"I'm not ready for this!" but he did not heed
one word of what I said. Instead he answered
something I never will forget as I stood there,
hovering between prayer or fear and flight. The
very sight of this gnarled old woman frightened
me beyond belief, but somehow I received what
I believed to be a benediction:

"All she needs is loving."

"All she needs…," I thought, wondering if my pastor
bought that word himself! And yet I no longer felt
distraught. Calmed by freeing truth and strength not
mine, I offered the babbling woman hushed prayers
beneath my breath then reached, palm out, with a
tentative touch. Much to my amazement, she laid
her wrinkled cheek against my shoulder, soaked
previously in prayer, and rested there in the spirit.
I'd never seen anything like it! That scary old woman,
crazy and wild, laid her head on my shoulder like a
comforted child and freed me of a long-abiding fear.

(c) 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved.