Are you hurting today? Maybe you are struggling with physical pain, such as a headache, an illness, or a disease. Or maybe you are experiencing the emotional pain of disappointment, depression, or hurt feelings. Or perhaps you are hurting spiritually from bitterness, unconfessed sin, or a broken spirit. If you are hurting today, then seek the help of Jehovah-Rapha, the Great Physician.

In Exodus 15:26, God introduces His name as Jehovah-Rapha, “who heals you.” The word rapha means "to heal, to cure, to restore." God does not promise to heal us only in an isolated instance of illness or need. Rather, God says He is healing. By calling Himself Jehovah-Rapha, He is saying, "Healing is what I am."

Jehovah-Rapha is our wholeness. We see this Truth echoed in the New Testament every time Jesus says to a person, "Be made whole." Wholeness is God's desire for us. No disease—nothing that causes us pain or suffering—can withstand the healing touch of Jesus. As Christians, we experience wholeness even in death as we spend eternity with Him.

Jehovah-Rapha is our restorer. He is our healer of not only physical illness, but of the hurts in our hearts and souls. When we are emotionally overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, grieving, or distressed, God is there for us. Only God can repair a broken heart. Only God can purify an unclean soul. Only God can set us free from addiction. Only God can heal us of sin. The Scriptures tell us, “‘[Jesus] himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed’” (1 Peter 2:24).

Prayer: Father, thank You for being Jehovah-Rapha. You are the God who heals me. I thank You for Your healing power in my life now and for eternity. May no area of my life be kept from Your healing touch. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering . . . he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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