13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.2 Chronicles 7
The church, officially Arthunkal St. Andrew’s Forane Church, Arthunkal, Alappuzha district, Kerala, India was originally built by the Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. It was rebuilt in 1584, under the then vicar Fr. Jacoma Fenicio, whom the devotees claim, possessed magical powers to heal the body and mind. Devotees fondly referred to him as “Arthunkal Veluthachan”, which in English translates to “fair skinned father”. Fr. Fenicio died in 1632. Eight years after his death, the church was rebuilt again, this time facing the west towards the long white-sand beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea. In 1647, a statue of St. Sebastian, struck with arrows all over his bleeding body (he was executed on the order of the Roman emperor for embracing the Christian faith) sculptured in Milan, was brought and placed in the Arthunkal church.
Arthunkal St Andrews Forane Church, the first Parish of the Diocese of Alleppey was elevated to the status of Basilica on 9 July 2010.
Arthunkal Basilica became the first Basilica in the diocese of Alleppey and the 7th Basilica in Kerala. It is the 3rd Basilica of the Roman Catholic Latin church of Kerala. Source:- wikipedia
About 45 kilometres to the south from Kochi and 22 kilometres to the north from Alappuzha, in Kerala a southern state of India, situates the simple and beautiful village Arthunkal. This is under Cherthala Taluk and Alapuzha District. The nearest Railway station is Cherthala. Visit Church Website to read more
I pray to You, O Lord, for a very special intention: (name concern). You promised us that whatever we ask for in Your name will be granted. I, for my part, will do what I can, Lord, but without Your help, I can accomplish nothing. Grant that my will my always be one with Yours. Amen.
Lord, seeing my parents grow older has been hard for me. I struggle to retain my view of them as they were when I was young. They seemed so strong then, able to work endlessly, to love completely, to give selflessly. I made demands of them then, as does any child, sometimes being unreasonable, unappreciative, and selfish. Now the tables are turned. My parents seem set in their ways, unwilling to bend much, unable to give much. Their bodies are less strong, and their energy limited. This is my time to show love for them – to overlook their moods, to respect their independence.
I pray for my parents, my lifelong friends. May they be comforted with Your healing, solace, and strength. Help all of us to be patient and to love one another in the understanding, undemanding way that You love each of us. Amen.
Dear Lord, watching someone I love being destroyed by drugs and alcohol seems more that I can bear. My threatening, arguing, rationalizing, and controlling have proved futile. The problem continues, and I am discouraged and frustrated. I realize I am powerless over this problem and powerless over anyone’s life by my own.
Guide my words and action so that I will say and do all I can to hasten recovery. Help me to also detach so that my loved one may admit the problem and seek help. May I take care of what is my responsibility and no more. Above all, Lord, help me let go and let You take care of this and all else in my life. May I never lose faith in Your power. Amen.
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Abhishekagni Bible Convention Alappuzha – Adoration
Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil is the founder-director of Sehion Ministries, of Palakkad Diocese. Fr. Xavier who has earned name and fame as an outstanding preacher of the Word of the Lord, Retreat Leader, television orator and organizer, is conducting many retreats for priests, nuns and believers in India and abroad.
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This is a testimony video of healing eye disease, purchasing land and building house through watching Sehion web live and prayers.
29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” 32 Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him. (Matthew 20:29-34)
When Jesus was passing through the street, two blind men shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”. In our daily life we can see blind men (beggars) sitting on the road side, in train, in bus shouting the same kind of words, ” have mercy on me, please give something”. How many of us listen to those words, many times we just ignore their words.
Verses 31 – The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!”
This happens many times with us also. it is very difficult for a common man to meet any VIP or Religious leader. Volunteers try to stop them from meeting them. Here what the blind men did is that they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus heard their voice and (verses – 32) Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?”. 33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” This verses make us to understand that, if we feel our prayers are not heard, we should not get disappointed, but we should pray more and more, pray with crying to and then Lord will surely hear our voice and help us.
Look at the next verses 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him. Jesus is compassionate. He never ignore the prayer with faith. He touched their eyes and immediately they regained their sight. Only a touch of Jesus is enough for healing. Next word is very important, “they followed him“. Usually when we feel sick we pray to God and after healing we forget him, stop praying. This is not good. We should thank Jesus for his blessing and healing, we should follow him.
This miracle prove that if we shout loudly, pray with full faith and devotion, Jesus will surely heal us.
GOD INTERFERES IN OUR NEEDS AS WE CONTINUE TO PRAY AND THANK HIM…
This is a testimony of parents of a child who was suffering with Fits and done many treatments. With prayers God blessed the child and now completely cured the disease. Watch this video to know the full story.
CONSISTENT FAITH WILL DO MIRACLES, AS OUR LORD IS SO COMPASSIONATE TO OUR STATE OF BEING…! LET US PRAISE AND GLORIFY THE LORD.
This is strong faith. Let us pray for her. We must pray to God to bless us and give us this kind of strong faith.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which the nerve cell activity in brain is disturbed, causing a seizure during which experience abnormal behaviour symptoms and sensations, including loss of consciousness. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs.
Many years back I have seen patients attacked with epilepsy. That was really sad and frightening situation. At that time I heard that cause of epilepsy is demon and people used to make the patient to hold bunch of keys, because they believed that demon will go away once iron keys are in the hand.
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14 When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him,
15 and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
16 And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
17 Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”
18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
From the father’s words “he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water”, it is obvious that the boy’s condition was a difficult situation. Just imagine what will be the situation and struggling when a person attacked with epilepsy fall into the fire or water. If that also with demon, then the situation is very dangerous. The father also reports to Jesus that his disciples were unable to cure his son. When the father told Jesus about the disciples inability to heal the boy, he wasn’t pleased. In response to the father’s statement Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” This sentence shows how much was Jesus hurt when he heard that his disciples were unable to cure the boy. Jesus’ response seems stern; but it is really tempered with love and compassion. We see at once Jesus’ dismay with the disciples’ lack of faith and his concern to meet the need of this troubled boy and his father. With one word of command Jesus rebukes the evil spirit that has caused this boy’s affliction and tells the spirit to “never enter him again”.
What kind of faith does the Lord expect of us, especially when we meet set-backs and trials? Inevitably there are times when each of us disappoint others or disappoint ourselves when we suffer some kind of set- back or failure. If we pray with expectant faith God will give us the means to overcome difficulties and obstacles.
The father was struggling to have faith due to the longevity and severity of the boy’s affliction. Sometimes we also struggle to have faith in Jesus. We pray, but Satan try to make us fool with wrong thoughts against prayer and Jesus. He try to destroy our faith in Jesus. At that time Jesus will ask us also “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you?”. Sometimes when we do not get healing or answer from Jesus as expected timely, we also ask to Jesus like his disciples asked “Why could we not cast it out?”. Jesus will immediately answer to us “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” it would have surely happened.
So let us pray to Jesus for strong faith and trust in Jesus.
“Lord Jesus, help my unbelief! Increase my faith and trust in your saving power. Give me confidence and perseverance, especially in prayer. And help me to bring your healing love and truth to those I meet, Amen”.
When you meet trials and disappointments how do you respond? Do you pray with faith and trust in Jesus?
16 That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick.
17 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
In verses 17 The Apostle Matthew confirmed Jesus as the Messiah who provides redemption from sin and physical healing for mankind, fulfilling Isaiah’s prophesy.
The price for your healing was paid at Calvary by Jesus Christ. Your physical healing is part of your redemption from sin and ultimately Satan.
Some people are possessed or influenced by demons. What are the symptoms of demonic influence? How a demon possesses someone?
There is a wide variety of possible symptoms of demon possession, such as a physical impairment that cannot be attributed to an actual physiological problem, a personality change such as depression or aggression, supernatural strength, immodesty, antisocial behavior, and perhaps the ability to share information that one has no natural way of knowing. These are some of the possible symptoms but it is important not to label every depressed person or epileptic individual as demon-possessed. Apart from physical or emotional distinctions, one can also have spiritual attributes showing demonic influence, such as angry, refusal to forgive, speaking wrong about Jesus, church, priests etc.
While praying for the sick some spiritual leaders can easily recognise the demon and in the name of Jesus they can kick out Satan.
It may be possible that if one allows his heart to be ruled by some habitual sin, it becomes an invitation for a demon to enter. These days the internet is such a medium for some people to invite demon in their life. Some websites, videos, photos, chat all are medium for people to invite Satan in their heart and they are addicted to it. In the above Bible verses Jesus cast out the spirits with a word. Never be afraid of demon, pray with strong faith, read Bible regularly and kick out Satan.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8).
Jesus never changes and still provides healing for all that come to him today. A believer in Jesus Christ should have full confidence that God will heal the sick as God forgive sins. A believer can get God’s healing power through his own faith or through the faith of some other believer. Be a good believer and pray to God with strong faith, you will surely realise the healing power of God. Whatever may be your disease, may be rejected case from hospital, but believe that he can do miracles and heal you. You can download Prayer for the sick. This is a very useful prayer. I pray this prayer daily.
Do you believe that God can heal you?
Do you have any experience of healing the body or mind with your prayers to God? If yes, share your testimony below in comment. Your testimony will help others to understand the love and healing power of God.
Leprosy was greatly feared by the Israelites, not only because of the physical damage done by the disease, but also because of the strict isolation laws applying to leprosy, making patients feel like feared outcasts of society. Leprosy is a terrible skin disease that cause people’s flesh to scar and decay. People suffering from leprosy often couldn’t feel physical pain, because leprosy destroys the body’s nerve endings. So lepers would frequently damage body parts (like fingers and toes) without realizing it. Since leprosy was highly contagious, rules for separating lepers from other people were put into place as health safeguards. But the rules were humiliating for the lepers. Lepers were banished from healthy people’s presence to live in communities with other lepers (which were often located in isolated caves). Even today lepers are seperated from families and society and kept in seperate care centres. Families are often split. Lepers suffer both the disease and ostracism from society. Blessed Mother Teresa had done a lot of help to the Lepers in India. She had created a Leprosy Fund and a Leprosy Day to help educate the public about the disease and established a number of mobile leper clinics to provide lepers with medicine and bandages near their homes. Mother Teresa had established a leper colony called Shanti Nagar (“The Place of Peace”) where lepers could live and work. Missionaries of Charity sisters are taking care of the lepers in many places.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
1. When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him;
2 and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.”
3 He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
Jesus reached out and touched a man with leprosy! This was not allowed then and now Jesus would be unclean…besides this man looked really bad and was sick! Jesus healed the man of his disease but also cleansed him from his sin without becoming infected himself.
Christ performs a miracle in which there can be no doubt that God alone healed him. God’s healing power is most obviously seen when He provides deliverance in a “hopeless” situation. He often works this way with us, allowing trials to become increasingly worse before. He works His will. Sometimes Satan may bring wrong thoughts against prayer and Jesus in our mind. But at that time we should pray with more faith and devotion and kick out Satan from temptations. Sometimes we feel that Jesus is deaf to our prayers. But as the situation deteriorates, He may simply be letting the situation progress so that we have no doubt about who has come to our aid and whose power solved the crisis. In persevering, we grow spiritually, and He receives greater glory. Many times the sickness and pain may lead us to pray more and grow spiritually.
The message that we should learn from this story is that it doesn’t matter to Jesus what you’ve done, how you look or what other people think about you. He made you and he loves you. Everyday Jesus is trying to reach out and show His love to you but sometimes we’re too busy to notice or understand his love. Sometimes we forget to thank Jesus for his love and affection.
Pray this prayer
“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me…. Heal me who is sick.”
If you, your friend or relative is sick, then pray this Prayer for the Sick with strong faith in the greatest physician, Jesus Christ of Nazreth. If you have faith, miracles will surely happen.
Have you ever forgot to thank and praise him for the healing you received from him?
Have you ever experienced that your sickness and pain helped you to grow spiritually and realise the love of Jesus?
If yes, share your testimony with others, in comment below, which will help others to understand the love of Jesus and get his blessings and healing.
May Jesus Bless you and your family.