We need to be in the room!
Acts 28: 8 “His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.”
Publius had probably heard of the amazing protection Paul had from the snake. The people had believed Paul to be a god. Publius certainly believed it would be worth getting Paul into the room of his father who was ill.
Paul didn’t walk into the room announcing “I survive snakes therefore I can heal fevers, watch and learn!” So what did happen?
He went into the room to see the father. The Church is drawn towards the sick and those in need. We talk to the homeless, those suffering, the untouchables we embrace, those marginalised we engage. We ‘see’ what others don’t. Everyone is a person worth dignity and respecting of their humanity.
He went into the room and prayed. The Church prays. We talk to God. “What do you want to do Lord?” “Help this man, please heal him.” We intercede. We pray for others more than we pray for ourselves. We realise nothing is going to happen without involving God in what we do.
He went into the room and laid his hands on him. Paul would never forget when Ananias had laid his hands on him when he was blind from the Damascus Road experience. The Church lays hands on people who are in need. Jesus did and we do it. The touch of the Church with prayer is that of comfort and care, it is connection. Jesus had promised that the Church would pick up snakes but would also lay hands on the sick and they would be healed (Mark 16) and Paul was experiencing both.
Paul engaged with the man, he prayed and he laid his hands on him.
Above all, Paul was in the room. We need to continue to leave our place of rest and refreshment and get into the room. The Church needs to be in the room of those who need the Lord. Let’s walk right in today. Let’s accept every invitation and let’s put out more requests. Healings can happen if we can get into that room.