Jesus, the Balm of Gilead
Why does the cup of peace and plenty,
And our prayers seem distant from on high;
When our requests are oft so very many,
And our faith needs wings to fly?
Why do we oft endure temptation,
And faith bears a heavy load,
As if each were assigned a tribulation
To conquer as days unfold.
Why does our prayer need wait the hour,
When ill befalls His children in gloom;
Is it not to see His wondrous power,
And His love a healing balm of perfume.His family had been praying for years for John to straighten out his life and become a Christian, but now the doctors gave him less than two weeks to live and his family was devastated. In sheer desperation, his mother asked us to visit and pray for her son. Standing over his still body, I broke down in tears and began to weep. In the midst of that terrible scene I had an overwhelming sense to breathe on him. Call it odd, bizarre or strange if you will, but I knew it was a message from God. In front of the family and nurses, I breathed heavily into the nostrils of a near-dead man. A month later John walked out of that hospital room to the astonishment of the doctors and nurses and is now a born again believer. What perils are you confronting today? Jesus, our healer,stands ready to breathe the power of the Holy Spirit into your most troubling circumstances.Yes, there is a Balm of Gilead whose healing salve can mend a broken body. The healing properties of the balm of Gilead were known throughout the world. Balm is described from antiquity as being a “rare, fragrant and stimulating ointment”. Its properties to heal wounds bordered on the miraculous. The miracle power of God lives on through the New Testament church. I don’t pretend to understand how healing or prayer work, but I know when we pray God hears us.
Trust Him! Believe in Him! He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Eph. 3:20).
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14).
Hope and faith are powerful instruments of healing when used with the Word and spoken in the name of Jesus.