Prayer for the Sick: Jesus Loves You

Sometimes when we are down and it seems there is nobody to console us, comforting words from spiritual upbringing will surface as a kind of healing prayer. The words, from one of the first hymns I learned as a child, have sustained me through many a sad time:

Jesus loves me. This I know
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong.
They are weak, but he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me. (x3)
The Bible tells me so.

Anna B. Warner, 1860

Although the lyrics of the hymn do not appear as Bible scripture, the following verses (WEB) assure us that the words have true meaning.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I’m known by my own; even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.  John 10:14,15

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Jesus paid the ultimate price to liberate us from sickness and bondage. If you are in need of prayer yourself, or in a position to pray for someone else, this is useful to know. The Apostle Peter summed it up in this healing Scripture:

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness. You were healed by his wounds. [or, stripes] 1 Peter 2:24 (Emphasis added.)

Faith that the finished work at Calvary belongs to believers is the beginning of receiving the healing that has already been achieved. And this includes the emotions as well as the physical body.

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