Just lately I have been quite concerned with the need for all sorts of healing in our land.Here is an invitation for another 9 days — a novena — for healing. Join me from Tuesday 8th of December 630pm

Day 1 Healing Novena, Prayer for the defeat of the Coronavirus

As we look round, there is a tremendous need for healing in this world. Not just the obvious need for healing from the corona virus; but healing over a lot of needs; other health problems, worry about those near us, economic worries, and grief.

And there is a great need for God’s people – whom he has appointed to be priests – to stand between the people and God; to make sacrifices; to pray; to petition and to intercede for the nations.

 And when God’s people pray, God answers. As early as the Book of Exodus God gives a promise – “I am the LORD who heals you.” {Exodus 15:26} Jehovah-Rophe; I AM the God Who Heals.

God the Healer is the same God today as he was when leading the tribes across the desert.

Prayer: So, LORD, as we turn to you to seek your face and your arm, hear us and answer us, in the Name of Jesus Christ and by the power of your Spirit. Amen.

Day One – Prayer for the defeat of the Coronavirus

When famine or plague comes to the land…whatever disaster or disease may come, and when a prayer or plea is made by any of your people…then hear from Heaven your dwelling place.                                  {2 Chronicles 6:28.20}

The world-wide pestilence of Covid-19 is running unchecked in many places. It seems beyond human plan and human technology to stem it. but we have a God to whom all things are possible, and who holds the fate of nations and individuals in the palm of his hand. So let us seek him; Jehovah-rophe – the God Who Heals.

Father God who loves you children more than we can imagine, please turn and heal the nations from the virus. Bring glory on yourself and bring mercy to your people. Enlighten the world leaders, scientists and planners that they may be guided into how to deal best with the virus and its aftershocks. Amen.

Day 2 Healing Novena, The Elephant in the Room

Prayer for the Healing of Mental and Nervous Illness in the Nation

God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. {2 Timothy 1:7}

For a great number of years there has been a crisis in mental health and nervous affects; certainly, this was as far back in my memory going back to the ‘60s. Even before the coronavirus struck, suicide amongst young people aged 18-30 is second-highest cause of death, and four in ten people in our nation are afflicted with some sort of mental illness, mostly depression and anxiety. But this mental pandemic has only really come to prominence as a result of the pressures of lockdown. And the Church is not immune; many pastors and leaders have had breakdowns. So, let us pray with urgency;

Lord Jesus, Saviour, Friend and Brother who whilst on earth healed many, many people, ridding them of demons and even bringing the dead to life, hear the prayers of your people and bring love, joy and peace to all, and healing and Salvation to all who will call on you. And bring people to understand better that mental illness is an illness. Amen {Now pray for anyone who you know suffering mentally.}

Day 3 Healing Novena, Celebration of Healing through Jesus

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will arise with healing in his wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. {Malachi 4:2}

The Bible is full of promises to heal. Jesus healed many – and Jesus is the same today as he was yesterday and will be tomorrow. And we are his body, created for good works. So, we can rejoice that for no good reason in us he has called us to fulfil his commission. And we rejoice that through our prayers and our witness we can change our world for the better.

 Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we rejoice that you have saved us and that you have commissioned us to go out into all the world with healing and with the Gospel. Send us out, ‘Leaping like calves’ to joyouslyfulfil that commission, rejoicing as we see people healed and saved. 

The End?  At the end of the nine days, you may like to repeat these simple prayers. Or maybe continue with other prayers for healing. And may our great God richly bless you with all joy and goodness as you serve him.

Day 4 Healing Novena, A Plea for the Church of God to Fulfil Jesus’ Healing Commission

He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. {Matthew 10:1}  

God has never rescinded his commission to heal the sick, drive out demons – and yes, especially – to proclaim the Kingdom. And while there are recognised specific ministries of healing, {1 Corinthians 12:9} it is incumbent upon every Christian disciple to pray for those undergoing bodily, mental or spiritual malaise.

Lord Jesus, you who prayed for so many sick and suffering people, please bring your church to the realisation that we are to pray expectantly for the sick.

Day 5 Healing Novena, Prayer for the Church to Walk in the Promise Jesus has given Us.

Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father…And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. {John 14:12}  

Jesus shows us, firstly that he is the one doing these things, secondly that it is because he is with the Father that we can do even greater things than he did on earth, and finally these gifts and powers that he bestows are primarily to glorify God. It is a struggle to accept that we can do these things, but the Biblical record shows that it can happen; Peter’s shadow brought healing, and so did Paul’s handkerchiefs.

Lord Jesus, your promises are never in vain, so firstly give us the belief that you can accomplish healings great and small through us, then give us the boldness to step out and pray. Then let us have the joy of seeing healings happen.

Day 6 Healing Novena, Healing for Individual People

Jesus went throughout Galilee…preaching the Good News and healing every disease and sickness among the people…and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizure sand the paralysed, and he healed them. {Matthew 4:23,24}

Jesus healed people; individually and as individuals; precious people made in God’s image. His threefold ministry; preaching, healing and deliverance was so successful that at one time he was mobbed and had to resort to a boat on the lake to get enough space to be heard. At another time a man’s friends were so concerned for him and so trusting that Jesus could do something that they dismantled a roof to get him to Jesus. And his healings were always successful. We are his body.

Lord Jesus may we see many precious individuals healed and saved through the prayers of your church. Bring to mind, or to us physically, those who need healing. And I now pray for __________

Day 7 Healing Novena, Healing in the Church

Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other. The prayer od a righteous man is powerful and effective. {James 5:16}

There is a need to acknowledge openly our weaknesses, failures, sicknesses and sins in ourselves, and a need to accept other people’s need for prayer – and not to judge, but to pray.

Lord Jesus, I intercede for my brothers and sisters in your Church, that many will be healed. And now I pray for…

Day 8 Healing Novena, Prayer to Heal the Nation

I urge, then…that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority. {1 Timothy 2:1,2} Also seek the peace and prosperity of the city…Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you will prosper. {Jeremiah 29:7}

There is at this time of major sickness, disruption and sinfulness a great need to pray for the British Isles, beginning with those in authority. Whilst many are dying, suffering long-term effects of the virus; while many are fearful for friends and relatives; while many are fearful of poverty – and of life itself, and while the nations are in political, economic and ethical disarray, we need to intercede with some urgency for God to help and save these nations.

Living God, who is not willing that any should perish, please send The Holy Spirit to bring healing, repentance, Salvation and Revival to all those in authority and to the people that the nations in which we live may be blessed.

Day 9 Healing Novena, Celebration of Healing through Jesus

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will arise with healing in his wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. {Malachi 4:2}

The Bible is full of promises to heal. Jesus healed many – and Jesus is the same today as he was yesterday and will be tomorrow. And we are his body, created for good works. So, we can rejoice that for no good reason in us he has called us to fulfil his commission. And we rejoice that through our prayers and our witness we can change our world for the better.

 Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we rejoice that you have saved us and that you have commissioned us to go out into all the world with healing and with the Gospel. Send us out, ‘Leaping like calves’ to joyouslyfulfil that commission, rejoicing as we see people healed and saved. 

The End?  At the end of the nine days, you may like to repeat these simple prayers. Or maybe continue with other prayers for healing. And may our great God richly bless you with all joy and goodness as you serve him.