“Mom, I’m sick and need to go to the hospital.”
Our twenty-year-old son, Bret, is in Shanghai, China for eight weeks, earning college credit for an international business internship. This is never the call you want to receive.
What do you do when you’re child is sick enough to go to the hospital and he is over 7300 miles away from home?
It’s a helpless feeling.
But that’s probably the way the Centurion felt in Luke 7 when his servant was ill and close to death.
How helpless did the synagogue leader, Jairus, feel in Matthew 9 after his daughter died?
In a state of despair and helplessness, each of them sought Jesus.
Jairus knew that all Jesus had to do was place a hand on his daughter and she would live. (Matthew 9:18)
The Centurion, in a show of exceptional faith told Jesus to just “say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Luke 7:7).
And that is the passage I reminded Jesus about as I lifted up a 9-1-1 prayer with Bret through our internet connection. I couldn’t lay hands on him. I knew no one in China who could pray with him, but I was confident distance was nothing for the Son of God. All Jesus had to do was “say the word” and Bret would be healed.
I realize there are many instances where God does not choose to heal, but by faith, I know he has the power to heal. We have to call it forth.
Bret did go to the hospital and doctors diagnosed him with Colitis and Gastroenteritis. There was no hospital stay and he returned to his hotel room with medication and some peace of mind after a diagnosis.
Today, with a round of medication in him, he feels much better.
Was this healing?
I believe God often uses medical personnel to facilitate healing and that is what happened in our case.
Is anyone in your realm of influence sick? Don’t delay. Call upon the only one who has the power to heal, Jesus, then believe that if it’s his will, healing will come.