Have you ever been sick? Of course you have. Almost everyone can tell a story of when they were sick, even very sick. The fact is our bodies naturally break down. It’s part of being in this sinful world.

There’s a natural process in the world that causes things to break down over time. Some things break down very quickly. Have you ever seen a glass of milk that has been left out for a couple of days? It smells awful. It only takes a few days to spoil and break down into something you definitely do NOT want to drink. Yuck!

Have you ever seen a nail or a piece of metal that has lain outside in the rain for a long time? It only takes a few weeks or months for it to break down and completely rust out. It’s just the way things are in the world. Things break down—including our bodies. As we get older or catch a bug or have an injury, our bodies break down.

Sickness happens to all kinds of people. It doesn’t mean you have done something wrong. Throughout the Bible, we see all kinds of people who struggled with sickness. Remember Lazarus, Jesus’ friend? He was a good man, but he ended up dying and Jesus raised him from the dead. Remember the lame man whose friends lowered him through the roof? These are just a few. Sickness happens. It’s a part of life. But there is something else we can learn that is very cool: God has the power to heal!

In the Bible, we see God healing people. Blind people regained their sight. Lame people got up and walked. Dead people were brought back to life. How can God do things like that? Well, because He is GOD! It is because God’s Son, Jesus, was beaten, bruised, and nailed to a cross that you and I can receive healing. That’s what the song “Healer” is all about. It is based on Isaiah 53:5 nlt, “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”

But, how?

I’m glad you asked. All you have to do is read James 5:15 niv to find out. It says, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.” That’s it. In order to see God’s powerful healing, just PRAY and believe.

God has the power. Sometimes He heals us in an instant. Sometimes He waits for His perfect timing. Sometimes He chooses to wait until we reach heaven where He can give us a perfect body with no pain or sickness. God’s healing power is available to us if we just pray and believe. Pray to God and believe that He has the power to heal our broken bodies whenever we ask.

This devotional was written by:

Brian Dollar

Brian has been a kids pastor for over twenty years. He currently serves at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He loves kids, kidmin leaders, and everything that involves leading children in their spiritual journey!

Brian and his wife, Cherith, have two amazing children—Ashton (daughter—age 13) and Jordan (son—age 11). He loves running, traveling, and watching his favorite sports teams: the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Cowboys.