Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless. Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
~ Isaiah 53:4-5
All around us, people are struggling with health issues. From mild infirmities, such as the flu, to major complications like cancer, the world is need of healing. But, what about the healing of our hearts?
Discussion – Do we know people who are sick? What has caused the illness they are currently suffering from? From a practical perspective, this is a great time to talk about all the ways we could and should be taking care of our bodies. Let’s discuss living healthy and being good stewards of the bodies God has given us. What about major or long-term illnesses? Is there anything we can do to show our support for those suffering? How can we come alongside our friends and encourage them?
On a deeper level, let’s also take a moment to look beneath the surface. Do my children know what it means to have a ‘disease of the heart’? What does an unhealthy Christian lifestyle look like? Are there things we need to give over to God openly, asking for His healing and restoration? This is a perfect opportunity to discuss the importance of God’s spiritual healing.
“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;”
~ Psalms 103:3
Activity – There are families we know who are currently suffering from ill-health. Let’s find ways we can bless them; from mailing cards to dinner ministry, no service is too small.
Time to dig out that doctor kit which too often sits in the corner unused. We can take turns being both doctor and patient. Let’s heal those sick bodies!
Bonus: Research historic missionaries – those leading people to Jehovah Rapha who heals the soul – and all they’ve done in God’s name. Then, research current missionaries; pray for them and find ways to support their ministry.
“He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”
~ Psalm 107:20
Prayer – While finishing our lesson in prayer, we want to focus on thanking the Lord for His gift of healing. We acknowledge we are nothing without Him, filthy and diseased. It is only because His son was born, lived, and died – sinless and perfect – on our behalf, that we are able to have a relationship with God. We acknowledge our continual failure, but offer thanks for His continued grace and mercy. We ask for victory over our struggles and wisdom to constantly seek Him above all things. Lastly, we ask for spiritual healing and revival; that the Lord would use us to reach people for His name. And, that He would offer physical healing to those in need.
“‘…for I am the LORD, who heals you.'”
~ Exodus 15:22-26
Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals. He longs to heal all of us; from bitterness and resentment, pride and selfishness. May we all turn to Him, allowing God to work in our hearts, healing us from the inside-out.
Time to Chime In: You fell and have a ‘boo-boo’. Which cartoon character is on your band-aid?