Verse 31 says “Healthy people don’t need a doctor-sick people do.” Have you ever known deep down that there is something not right with your health? You know there is something wrong but you won’t go to the doctor because you don’t want to know what it is so you just pretend the pain doesn’t exist. I think it can be the same with us at church. I think that we can be in denial that we are in need of physical or spiritual healing so we put on a mask trying to deceive the world that everything is okay. Our pride kicks in and we do not want to show any vulnerabilities. I know, I have done it myself but I have learned I cannot go through life alone and that I need to surround myself with other Christians for encouragement and support.
On Monday mornings it is a privilege to meet with the other elders to intercede on behalf of those who have asked us to pray for them. I often think about how many others are in need of prayer that did not fill out a prayer card. How many times do we walk in to church on Sunday in need of healing but we don’t want to admit to ourselves or to others that we are in need? How many people need someone to listen to them, to pray with and for them, to love them? 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
We are all sick to some degree and in need of encouragement, love and support. Think of PBC as a hospital, a place you can go to for all kinds of healing. I would encourage you to fill out a prayer card when you are in need so we can pray for you. Fill out a prayer card when you have a praise to share. We are encouraged when we see how God works in your life. Come into the prayer room on Sunday. There are always prayer team members there who would love to pray with you. Join a Connect Group so that you can be part of a smaller church community. Ask for a Pastor or Elder to come to your home for face to face shepherding. We are so blessed to have trained Stephen Ministers who can minister to those who are hurting. We are blessed to have a church with loving pastors, elders, staff, members/attendees who care about you and want to encourage you and support you. It doesn’t matter what kind of insurance you have for this hospital, the door is open for everyone and you don’t need an appointment. We have the best Doctor there is...Jesus.