Prayer Tip: Calling, Healing and Casting Out Demons

Posted Feb 28, 2021

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Daily Scripture

Mark 1:32-34

That evening, at sunset, people brought to Jesus those who were sick or demon-possessed. The whole town gathered near the door. He healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases, and he threw out many demons. But he didn’t let the demons speak, because they recognized him.

Prayer Tip

One of the great opportunities we have as believers and followers of Jesus is the opportunity to pray for the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing of others. Jesus brought healing wherever he went during his time on earth. Scripture is full of accounts of his healing “many who were sick with all kinds of diseases,” and even throwing “out many demons” who had taken over the minds and hearts and lives of their victims.

Nine years ago this week, I received the news that three previous surgeries in as many months had not been successful, and that I still had breast cancer. The next steps were going to be more radical surgery, followed by chemotherapy. Needless to say, I was terrified, frightened, and, to be honest, furious. Looking back, I know that I not only needed physical healing, but a lot of emotional and spiritual healing along with it.

And then I was hit by what I described in my journal as a “wave of prayer.” My coworkers here at Resurrection sat me down on a chair in the middle of a circle, put their hands on my head and my shoulders and prayed for me. Friends called and prayed over the phone, and came to my house to pray with me in person. I got emails and text messages and cards and letters with words of prayer and promises to keep praying as long as it took. When my name appeared on prayer lists at our church and others, I received prayers from people I didn’t even know. That wave grew and grew.

I was resistant to this wave, at first. Frightened and sad, it took me some time to relax and let myself be lifted by this wave of prayer. When I did, the afflictions of fear and anger, which were causing me more pain than the cancer, began to fall away and leave me with hope and a very real sense of the presence of God in every moment. This was the gift of the prayers of others – that overwhelming sense of God’s healing presence, which held me and healed me over the weeks to come.

This week, we will read about Jesus healing people. As we read, we know we can participate in all kinds of healing through our love and prayers for each other. Don’t ever hesitate to pray for healing for yourself or someone else because you don’t know what the outcome may be. Be part of that wave of prayer that heals and trusts God in the outcome. Our prayers bring the most important part of healing to those we pray for, and for ourselves – God’s perfect love and presence.

If you need prayer, please let us know. You can enter a prayer request online at cor.org/requestprayer.

Lord,

We thank you for giving us the opportunity to pray for each other and participate in your healing power. Help us to see those among us who need healing prayer, and to reach out to them with your love and grace.

Amen

— Jennifer Creager, Resurrection Prayer Ministry

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Jennifer Creagar

Jennifer Creagar

Jennifer Creagar is the Financial Care Program Director in Congregational Care at Resurrection Leawood. She is married and loves spending time with her family, and she enjoys writing and photography.

One of the great opportunities we have as believers and followers of Jesus is the opportunity to pray for the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing of others. Jesus brought healing wherever he went during his time on earth. Scripture is full of accounts of his healing “many who were sick with all kinds of diseases,” and even throwing “out many demons” who had taken over the minds and hearts and lives of their victims.

Nine years ago this week, I received the news that three previous surgeries in as many months had not been successful, and that I still had breast cancer. The next steps were going to be more radical surgery, followed by chemotherapy. Needless to say, I was terrified, frightened, and, to be honest, furious. Looking back, I know that I not only needed physical healing, but a lot of emotional and spiritual healing along with it.

And then I was hit by what I described in my journal as a “wave of prayer.” My coworkers here at Resurrection sat me down on a chair in the middle of a circle, put their hands on my head and my shoulders and prayed for me. Friends called and prayed over the phone, and came to my house to pray with me in person. I got emails and text messages and cards and letters with words of prayer and promises to keep praying as long as it took. When my name appeared on prayer lists at our church and others, I received prayers from people I didn’t even know. That wave grew and grew.

I was resistant to this wave, at first. Frightened and sad, it took me some time to relax and let myself be lifted by this wave of prayer. When I did, the afflictions of fear and anger, which were causing me more pain than the cancer, began to fall away and leave me with hope and a very real sense of the presence of God in every moment. This was the gift of the prayers of others – that overwhelming sense of God’s healing presence, which held me and healed me over the weeks to come.

This week, we will read about Jesus healing people. As we read, we know we can participate in all kinds of healing through our love and prayers for each other. Don’t ever hesitate to pray for healing for yourself or someone else because you don’t know what the outcome may be. Be part of that wave of prayer that heals and trusts God in the outcome. Our prayers bring the most important part of healing to those we pray for, and for ourselves – God’s perfect love and presence.

If you need prayer, please let us know. You can enter a prayer request online at cor.org/requestprayer.

Lord,

We thank you for giving us the opportunity to pray for each other and participate in your healing power. Help us to see those among us who need healing prayer, and to reach out to them with your love and grace.

Amen

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