Healing is the Children's Bread

On a certain day Jesus took a journey to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman saw him and began following Him, begging Him to heal her daughter. Jesus didn’t respond, but she kept on crying out to Him anyway. It got to the point that His disciples finally asked Him to do something – not because they were moved by compassion, in fact, they asked Him to send her away, but because they probably found her repeated cries a nuisance. Jesus let her know He wasn’t sent to anyone but the Jews and said, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs” – essentially refusing her request and calling her a dog at the same time! Undaunted, she replied, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters table.” Her daughter was instantly healed.

This is a picture for us today. Through her faith and persistence, a woman who was not even an inheritor of God’s covenant promises, accessed the Lord of glory, and received healing deliverance for her daughter. How much more should we?

Healing is the children’s bread. It reminds us of a few things Jesus said. When His disciples asked Him how to pray, He instructed them to ask their Father for their daily bread. That means His sustenance, His provision, His presence and it also means He expects us to ask for and receive the bread of healing. Second, He said:

Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him”; and he will answer from within, “Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything'? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

Jesus came to reveal the Father, and here He revealed the nature of our God. He is good, and He will not give us a stone or a scorpion when we ask for bread. We can expect to receive good things, including healing, when we pray.

Jesus also revealed the kinds of prayers we need to pray. If you pray for healing and nothing happens, don’t assume that “It’s the Lord will” for you, your friend or loved one to remain sick or infirm. Keep knocking. Like the Canaanite woman, don’t take “No” for an answer. If the door seems closed, or your prayers unheard, know that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Be persistent. Pray without ceasing. Live in expectation and keep knocking, keep seeking, keep asking.

I AM the Lord who Heals You

The first revelation of the Lord as healer is in Exodus. After a miraculous deliverance from Egypt, escape through the Red Sea, and annihilation of their enemies, Israel travelled three days through barren wilderness to Mara. Several million thirsty people discovered that the water there was too bitter to drink and were certain they were going to die. Moses probably wondered how long he was going to last as he faced the angry crowds. He cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed him a tree that made the waters sweet and gave Israel this promise: "If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer" (Ex. 15:26).

The first time God reveals something it’s good to pay attention. He is usually giving a bigger picture for us to step into. When the Lord reveals Himself to Israel by His covenantal name, “I am the Lord, your healer,” He was pointing to Calvary, where the great, eternal Son of God hung on a tree and opened the way for all who believe to be healed by His stripes there. His name, I AM, is present tense. It is for now, always living, always active, always accessible. It is not simply head knowledge or faith that God heals, but our relationship with the God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Don’t focus on the bitter things or what has happened in the past. Get congruent with the glory right now. The more you worship Him, meditate on His promises and exalt Him, the more you will resonate with the living vibration of His glory. It is like stepping into another dimension. Through the cross, the Lord gives us permission to step into that dimension and walk into the reality of His healing for you and for others.

A Different Reality

Mark 16:15-18 says, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover." Are you a believer? You carry a different reality into every situation – the reality of the Word and promise of God, the reality of the Lord as your healer. You are a conduit of the Lord’s presence and glory. When you show up, so does He – and in His presence is healing, deliverance and glory.

As a side note, as you can read in our book, Only Love Can Make a Miracle, two of our children were born with devastating medical conditions and neither of them were expected to live. In both cases, we sought the best medical treatment available for them, and they both endured multiple surgeries and spent months in the hospital. But we also fasted and prayed for their healing. The Lord miraculously intervened in both of our son’s lives, and they are alive, healthy and thriving today. Never feel like seeking medical attention is a sign of lack of faith or will block your healing. God is the source of all healing. Sometimes He heals supernaturally, sometimes He will use doctors, or both.

It’s the Holy Spirit

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because he has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18). If you recall, this is Jesus’ first public ministry. He has just been baptized in the Jordan. John the Baptist saw a Dove descend and remain on Him, and for the first time recognized his cousin as, “The Lamb of God that takes the sins from the world.”

The Dove represents the Holy Spirit. After His baptism, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tested, and He came back in the power of the Holy Spirit. The first thing He proclaimed upon His return were the words Isaiah prophesied of Him, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me.”

If Jesus needed to be filled and anointed by the Holy Spirit, then we can be sure that we do too! The Holy Spirit anoints us, empowers us, teaches us and most importantly, is our access to a personal relationship with the Father day by day. When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit down to dwell in all who are covered in His blood and welcome His presence. Because of the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit, we can preach good news to the poor, heal the broken hearted, proclaim liberty to the oppressed. He is the anointing that breaks the yoke of oppression. He is the power that heals the sick, opens blind eyes and raises the dead. He is the Person that fills you and will never leave you. He is the guarantee of your inheritance and the One by whom we cry, “Abba Father.” All who are led by Him are sons of God.

It’s Your Inheritance

Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and our children forever.” When God promises a thing, they become ours and we are given legal status to claim those promises and approach Him in full confidence and faith. Healing is our inheritance, but we need to appropriate it and get hold of it. There are times when healing comes immediately, but there are other times where we have to contend for our inheritance. There may be a battle, but the provision is there, secured by the wounds and stripes of Christ at Calvary. Like this woman said, “I am reaching out to the Lord. I’m reaching out Lord, even if it’s a crumb. I’m reaching out for my family.” We can reach out for ourselves. We can reach out for loved ones and friends. We can reach out for our nation.

Greater Works!

"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14).

Our faith, our foundation and our inheritance is in Christ Jesus. He is the bread of life, and everywhere He went He healed the sick, cast out demons and preached the good news of the Gospel. As the Father sent Him, He is sending us. The model for all who would follow is still the same, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).

There may be battles to wage, but we have an inheritance from the Lord. Healing is the children’s bread. It is for you, and it is yours to pass on to others who are hungry for Him today.

Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda, 6/20/2011

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Shirley (Guest) 06/16/2012 10:10
Pastor Mahesh and Bonnie,

Thank you for this teaching. It has strengthened my faith in something the Holy Spirit recently showed me: that Healing is the Children's Bread indeed! And Jesus is the Bread of Life. When we ask the Father to give us our daily bread, we are asking for healing. When we take the bread in Communion, it is to receive the healing that Jesus purchased for us with His body at Calvary. To discern the Bread in Communion is to recognize and receive our gift of healing that Jesus purchased at Calvary. We must rejoice and recognize both the bread and the cup. The bread is for healing and healing is the Children's bread. Hallelujah! God bless you both in your amazing Ministry.
Norman Simpson (Guest) 01/14/2013 18:44
I am very grateful for this teaching. It very clearly provides a sound basis for believing in healing as an essential benefit of living in the Kingdom of God.I need to focus on the points raised rather than thinking of the prayers that appear not to have been answered. Thank you for your personal testimony too.
Adenike (Guest) 03/10/2013 08:36
Thank you for this message. Healing is indeed the children's bread - an essential, it comes with the package of provision of being a Father to His children. A father makes provision for his posterity's sustenance that is what fatherhood is all about. What a great Father we have...we need to approach Him as Father in the light of who He is and what He has made available to us. I see that meditating on his word and rising up to the provision in His word by faith is key.
Sir Daryel (Guest) 03/18/2013 00:59
Is the there any where in scripture that says, ",healiing is the children's bread. If so, can you email the answer at, jonesdaryel@yahoo.com.. thanks
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Thank you for this sound breaking down of the scriptures!
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