Dr. Dan Hayden • 

Jesus said to the lame man, “Do you want to be healed?” And the lame man responded, “Sure I want to be healed.” You see, everyone wants to be healed, and the lame man was simply expressing what is in all of our hearts.

“Healing” is a wonderful word, and those involved in the healing arts are greatly appreciated by all who are sick. But in thinking about the word “healed” we find that it can be applied to more than just physical illness. For instance, we talk of “healing the broken marriage” or “healing the lagging economy,” and what we mean is that something is broken and needs to be fixed. And that is the sense in which God uses the word in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, than I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The land of Israel was broken. That is, the Israelites were living in turmoil and there was trouble in the land. But God told them that if they would humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways, then He would heal their brokenness.

The word “heal” is a Hebrew word that means “to restore or mend.” Strong’s Concordance says that the basic idea of this word is “to mend by stitching,” and in that sense, to repair and make whole again.


This is a wonderful word of restoration in the full sense of mending what is broken. Now the application here is that if you are broken or torn in some aspect of life, the answer to that dilemma is for you to humble yourself and pray and seek God’s face. And then, God will heal your life. He will mend what is broken.

Now you know the real meaning of the word.

Say – Physical healing would be nice. But the greatest need of people is to be healed spiritually. Think about it!