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What Is A Healing Ministry?

I will be completely honest with you. When I responded to God’s call and started Zenith Ministries three and a half years ago, I struggled with answering this question. I had all sorts of thoughts to share on what we do and what I hoped this would accomplish, but I was never quite satisfied with how to explain them. I have a poetically inclined mind, so I often share an analogy for Zenith based on an experience I had preparing a hill on our property that my wife eventually turned into a garden.

I can share the analogy another time, as I am still partial to it, however, right now let’s go into what a healing ministry is to accomplish the purpose of this post. Simply put, A healing ministry is an organization that, through prayer, intercession, accompaniment, or sharing insight, seeks to help others receive healing, whether physical, spiritual, emotional, or psychological. While healing is sought to end suffering, there is more to it than that.

In Pope Benedict XVI’s book, Jesus of Nazareth, he said:

“Healing is more than the relieving of human suffering. Healing is an essential dimension of the apostolic mission and of the Christian faith in general. When understood at a sufficiently deep level, it expresses the entire content of redemption.”

Essentially, the ultimate goal is for those who receive the services of a healing ministry to feel loved by God and grow in their relationship with Him. In other words, it is meant to help people accept the saving power of God and begin or continue their journey to heaven.

When I was 21, God entered my life in a new, powerful way. I was addicted to drugs and alcohol and making poor decisions, thinking that a life of excessive pleasure was the only way to achieve happiness. Because of past negative experiences throughout my life, I had been trying to self-soothe or cope using toxic behaviors.

However, once I met God, He started pouring out His love and healing into me. I realized that a life centered on Him truly was far better than one centered on pleasure and fun. Through experiences I had in prayer and receiving the sacraments, He showed me that I belonged to Him and began the long road of healing the various wounds I had accumulated throughout my life.

Now don’t get me wrong. Some people have suffered far worse things than I have. It’s not like I survived the Holocaust or anything like that. However, I still experienced hurt and rejection even in my suburban upbringing that caused me pain.

But God showed me something that is far beyond any wound or painful event, His love. He has walked with me and helped me to see that He can bring good out of even the worst things that I have experienced. I have been amazed to discover beauty in my wounds, even to be thankful for the negative experiences I have had because I have a God who uses those very experiences to bring good into my life.

Furthermore, I have peace and joy even when I go through difficult moments today. I take great comfort in my relationship with God, who doesn’t always steer me away from a storm, but will accompany me through the storm, and then bring marvelous things into my life from that storm. This relationship is truly far better than any drug I have ever taken.

This is what healing is meant to do for all who receive it. Jesus Himself came to earth, and during His three-year ministry, He did a lot of healing. Honestly, when I went back to read the Gospels viewing them through the lens of healing, I was amazed at how much of His time was devoted to this. Jesus did so much healing that it seems natural that He would want His church to continue in this mission after He ascended to heaven and sent out His Holy Spirit.

Truly, if you go back and read through Church history, you will discover that healing has taken place more often than originally thought. In his writing, Against Heresies, St. Irenaeus of Lyons said:

“Those who are in truth His disciples, receiving grace from Him, do in His name perform [miracles], to promote the welfare of other men, according to the gift which each one has received from Him. For some do certainly and truly drive out devils, so that those who have thus been cleansed from evil spirits frequently both believe [in Christ] and join themselves to the Church. Others have foreknowledge of things to come: they see visions and utter prophetic expressions. Others still, heal the sick by laying their hands upon them, and they are made whole.”

There is a lot there beyond healing, but we can see that there has been more at work in the Church than what has been taught in our times. I was shocked to read this quote, which was written in the second century. Furthermore, I was amazed to read that receiving healing led Mother Angelica, a 20th-century nun who founded the giant media conglomerate EWTN, to grow in her faith and walk with the Lord as mightily as she did.

After growing up in poverty, her dad leaving, and suffering from tremendous stomach pain as a teenager, it might not be too shocking if Mother Angelica went on to lead a life hating God, faith, and church. However, her mother took her to a mystic, Rhoda Wise, who had her say some prayers through which she received a miraculous healing that none of the local doctors could produce or explain!

Through experiencing healing, Mother Angelica went on to have a deep relationship with God, which impacted the lives of millions of people. Impacting millions of people is truly just a bonus too as just having her soul encounter the living God and living a life with Him is truly great all on its own. This great life is meant for all of us and God often will use healing to ignite it.

This is the hope for every prayer said for healing. I began Zenith to help others experience what Mother Angelica and I and countless others have experienced. To accomplish this, we offer a few services including our 1:1 Mentorship Program in which a mentor meets with you to pray for you, offer you counsel, and encourage you in your relationship with the Lord. We also offer two online courses that offer insight and practical steps to either walk closer with the Lord or simply overcome addictions that may be obstructing you in your faith life.

Finally, we have gatherings, called Summits, in which we come together with others to sing praise, pray, and hear a speaker share valuable lessons to inspire us and lead us closer to God. I have heard tremendous feedback from all of these services and look forward to seeing what more the Lord will do through this small ministry.

It is clear that a ministry like this is vastly needed in our world today and I hope you will reach out to us if you or someone you love needs our services. I pray that even reading this simple blog post sparks a light of healing in your own life and that you grow closer to the One who saves us.

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