“The healing that Jesus offered for sick bodies was to penetrate to the very depths of one’s being. Transformed lives, healed from the inside out, are to be the order of the day when God becomes king.” 
I must be honest. I did not understand the great depths of Jesus’ healing until I read, and reread again, these two sentences from N. T. Wright’s book, “Simply Jesus“.
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I think many people, including myself just barely scratch the surface of what Jesus did accomplish and what Jesus can still accomplish in our lives if we let him.
Let me explain what I mean by this. If we let him, Jesus can heal us. I do not mean a healing of physical symptoms. I mean a deeper healing. I mean a healing that makes us feel whole and loved by the great Creator of this universe.
This is a healing that produces an inner peace. Despite the world’s outer chaos, we are calm on the inside. This is a healing when we experience an inner joy for life that we just did not have before.
This is a healing that seals us with an inner confidence that lets us know that all will be ok. Lastly, this is a healing that seems to allow us to tap into wisdom that previously was not there.
How do we let God’s healing penetrate our souls? I believe contemplative practices aid us in this process. A contemplative practice is one in which we let go of us and rest in God. We let God do the work. We let God act in us. We simply ‘let go’ and let God act.
I believe each person needs to find the contemplative practice that best lets him or her ‘rest’ in God. For me it is silent prayer. More specifically, it is a daily centering prayer practice. It is a practice that I enter with no expectations. I simply sit with Jesus because I love him.
Even though I have no expectations I am always pleasantly surprised and amazed by the fruits of silent prayer. I have noticed an inner calmness despite the outer chaos. I have noticed an inner confidence despite the outer confusion. I have noticed that silent prayer teaches me how to live. It seems to show me what it is I need for that very day.
Jesus heals me during silent prayer. If you let him, Jesus will also heal you. He will penetrate the very depths of your soul. Jesus will heal and transform you!
N. T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
 N.T. Wright, Simply Jesus: A New Vision Of Who He Was. What He Did. And Why It Matters. (HarperOne: 2011)
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