June 11, 2017
SUB-THEME/4: DIVINE MEANS OF HEALING
TOPIC: Direct Divine Intervention.
TEXT: Gen 20; I Kings 18:41 – 46.
i) appreciate God’s means of healing lands;
ii) learn God’s pattern of healing lands
iii) find out what may not allow us have God’s healing.
God heals in diverse ways, as He wills, and for His glory. He may choose to pass through a man or act directly. When He acts through men, He sharply gives the privilege to them to share in love’s labour. When He acts directly, usually man plays no part beyond praying. This makes the difference between this study and the one that follows it immediately.
God judged the two lands in the two passages of our text. Abram and Elijah only prayed, and God acted and healed the two lands. This agrees with the overriding text of this year’s theme: II Chron. 7:14. May this study challenge us to pray for the healing of Nigeria, our State or village ceaselessly, until He makes them a praise on the earth (Isa 62:7).
1. How would you describe ‘direct divine healing of a land’ that is in trouble?
2. What are required in this case, Ezek 22:30; II Chron. 7:14; I Kings 18:41, 42; Gen 20:17, 18?
3. How will personal and corporate (church, national etc) efforts help to bring down revival to heal Nigeria? Matt 18:18-20; Ezek 22:30; I Kings 18:41-45.
4. Discuss some factors that keep God from directly intervening to heal a land or its people? Isa 59:1-5; Ezek 22:30.
God has acted rarely without intercessors. He usually acts in response to sustained intercession. Burdened and intense intercession has moved God favourably to intervene. Intercession by individuals stirs up others to pray. Corporate intercessions invariably bring down the showers of divine healing. Just venture to begin!