God created us to have a relationship with us and express through us His supernatural power and love. Yet most of us still live only in the natural. We want to experience more of what God has in mind for us!
Healing is a Kingdom of God alignment.
God can realign our lives with His kingdom and relieve our pain.
Healing means being re-aligned with God’s Kingdom and His will. When we have ailments, we are out of alignment with God’s Kingdom in some way – physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, financially, etc. But God can realign our lives with His Kingdom and relieve our pain.
Healing is done through you, not by you.
When you pray for someone to be healed, this has nothing to do with your power, only your faith. If you have the Holy Spirit, He can do whatever He wants to do! People with the gift of healing may have a higher success rate, but God can heal anyone of anything through anyone any time He wants.
Jesus gives us guides, not formulas for healing.
There is no strict formula to ensure healing occurs every time it is requested. Jesus demonstrated a variety of ways that He healed people. He laid His hands on them, put mud on their eyes, told them to “be healed,” allowed healing power to go forth from His robe, and sometimes even healed from a great distance.
Though there is no formula for praying for healing, today we will look at one way Jesus healed someone in Mark 9 to find elements that we can practice on our own.
Prayer for Healing
Then one of the crowd answered
and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever
it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth,
and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”
He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Mark 9:17-22
1. Ask or describe what needs to be healed. Mark 9:21
In Mark 9:21, Jesus asks the father of the boy, “How long has this been happening to him?” He is not asking because He doesn’t know the answer but rather so that everyone around will know. He also wants for the person who is asking for that healing to be clear about the power they are seeking from God.
When you pray for someone else’s healing, ask, “What needs to be healed?” Listen intently, have compassion, and allow God to speak to you about the truth of their needs.
2. Ask if you believe that God can heal. Mark 9:23
Jesus answered the man, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (v. 23)
Some people don’t believe that God can heal. Ask the person: Do you trust God? Do you believe He loves you, is almighty, can heal you any time He wishes? Or the person may believe in their hearts that there is a God, but it is another thing to believe in God, and yet another to confess their belief with their mouths. God may heal people even without this belief, but it is important to examine the person’s faith – because in the end, God wants to have a relationship with that person, and this may be the moment when that relationship can begin.
Say “Jehovah Rapha, ‘The Lord Who Heals,’ loves you.” Exodus 15:26
3. Ask if repentance is needed for anything like bitterness, a lack of faith, or resentment. Mark 9:24
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”Mark 9:24
This man confesses his unbelief to Jesus, but there may be any number of things that need to be confessed. There are feelings that people have toward God or other people that can block His power in their lives, such as bitterness, resentment, or anger. But God can easily deal with these things. Allow Him to uncover them so that the healing process can be complete.
4. Invite the Holy Spirit to heal and restore.
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. Mark 9:24-27
Jesus has all authority over every spirit. He doesn’t need permission and He doesn’t ask the unclean spirit to leave – He commands it.
If you are in Christ, you have that same authority and can exercise it according to His will in His name for His glory.
5. Ask the person for whom you prayed how he or she, feels.
Every time you pray for someone’s healing, ask how the person feels afterward. This is an important step to demonstrate that you believe God’s power is real and can act in a moment to restore the person, right there and right then and there. Don’t say, “I’ll pray for you,” and walk away. Pray immediately!
This doesn’t need to be done in a showy or embarrassing way. The two of you don’t even need to close your eyes or draw attention. You can just simply invite God in and have a conversation with Him.
Praying for another person allows you to give love, encouragement, and hope…and you never know when God is going to choose you to bring healing through your prayer.
Practice praying for someone’s healing today!