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Gift of Healing

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed." (Mark 16:18)

Discussion

Do you believe in miracles in every age - to save the souls of unbelievers?

God had given the authority to do miracles to the twelve apostles - and to the seventy-two disciples subsequently - to preach, to practice, and to save the souls of unbelievers. Miracles are not for believers but for the unbelieving people to give them more than ample opportunity to save their souls. It's not a privilege of the priestly lots but for all whom Jesus wishes. It's a curse to the so called miracle makers to hoodwink the innocent people and swindle their money and abuse their bodies and souls by falsifying the true gifts of God. We should recognize all preachers, all miracles and miracle-doers in concurrence with the Holy Scriptures without any man-made interpretations.

Saint Peter Andre (1845-1936 ) of Montréal was a gifted healer. He was only a door man at a college in Montreal, Canada. He was a little man, both in size and appearance. Due to poor education, he did not know to read or write until he reached the age of 25. One day as the pious potter was scrubbing the floor in the parlour of the college, a lady came to see him, having heard of his reputation. She was so affected with rheumatism that she could only walk with the assistance of two men supporting her by holding each arm. Her request to Brother Andre was simple enough: "I'm suffering from rheumatism. I want to you to heal me." Not looking up from the floor he was still busy scrubbing, Brother Andre said to the men assisting her, "Let her walk." The woman walked out unassisted.

One day Jesus called together his 12 disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases" ( Luke 9: 1). Love is the greatest gift of God. Practice it with humility in Jesus. If you have the healing power, do it for the benefit of people without any returns in kind or cash.

Prayer

Jesus, you are the source of healings. Let us use the gift of healing to save the souls of unbelievers. Let all the sick be healed. We pray for those who have requested healings from their pains and sorrows. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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