When you asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior, what expectation did you have? Did you think you would pray, go to Heaven, and that’s it? Or did you expect that God would speak to you, fill your heart with love, peace, patience, kindness, and give you clarity and purpose, and change your life? Did you expect that the power of God that flowed through His disciples in the Bible would happen to you?
God’s not going to tell you to do something if He has no intention of backing you up.
God wants to do something supernatural in your life and that includes using you to heal people. Jesus tells us what our expectation should be when He teaches us how to pray:
“And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13
God’s not going to tell you to do something if He has no intention of backing you up. When you give your life to Him, He wants to deliver you from anything in your life that doesn’t align with His will.
1. Healing: A Kingdom of God alignment or restoration.
Healing is when God aligns something in your life with the Kingdom of God. This can be compared to the way a chiropractor aligns the spine to relieve the pain of pinched nerves or other ailments that happen when the spine is out of alignment.
Issues within you occur because something is out of alignment. God wants to realign it with His will to bring healing to you.
2. Salvation: Sozo - to save, rescue, deliver, restore to wholeness, heal, and fulfill the Lord’s prayer.
There are three types of healing:
- Spirit Healing – Forgiveness
Salvation is the most basic step in the healing process; it's a spiritual healing of receiving forgiveness from sin and being restored to God.
- Body Healing – Physical Healing
Physical healing is relief from pain, illness, or any physical ailment.
- Soul Healing – Deliverance
Have you experienced anxiety, tightness in your chest, cumbersome thoughts? God wants to deliver you from that oppression, so that you can think about your life and circumstances from His perspective rather than the world’s.
3. We are all called to share the Good News. Matthew 4:19
All of us are called to participate in bringing about spiritual healing in other people’s lives.
Maybe you don’t want to share your faith or you don’t have the gift of evangelism, but that’s no excuse! The Bible says we should always be ready to give an answer for the hope that’s in us (1 Peter 3:15). This doesn’t have to be complicated, but it should be shared. Don’t deny that Christ is the reason for your joy!
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
Why did God tell you He would make you a fisher of men if He didn’t expect you to catch somebody? When was that last time you shared your faith and led someone to the Lord? You have the most important message in the universe. Are you telling anyone?
Don’t be selfish. Get over your nervousness. People you know need the Gospel that you have in your life!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation... 2 Corinthians 5:17-18a
You yourself have been “given the ministry of reconciliation.” This means that God will bring people into your life that don’t know Him, and it is your responsibility to tell them about Him whether you like it or not. It’s not optional!
Whether or not you have the gift of evangelism is irrelevant. Having this gift simply means that a person shares his faith more easily and more often and likely has a great success rate. But all of us are called to evangelize. Just as all of us are called to give whether or not we have the gift of giving, and all of us are called to have faith whether or not we have the spiritual gift of faith.
4. We are all called to pray for healing. James 5:16
To confess means to apologize and admit your wrongdoing, without “buts," explanations, or excuses.
Do you have something in your life to whom you need to confess something? It may be hard, uncomfortable, or awkward, but before you do anything else today, confess face to face. If at all possible, look the person in the eye and say, “I’m sorry, I was wrong.” Once you have confessed, pray for the person’s healing and for the healing of your relationship.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
5. Some people are gifted to heal.
When God gives a spiritual gift, He wants to use it in incredible, powerful ways. He wants us to pursue our gifts and chase after Him wholeheartedly, whether or not we experience success right away.
Our world is tired of hearing about God; they want to see Him and experience Him! His people are the only thing getting in the way!
Scriptures about spiritual gifts:
- We are told to seek spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1, 39
- Given by one Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12:11
- Common good in church – 1 Corinthians 12:7
- Building the church – 1 Corinthians 14:26, 1 Peter 4:10
- Fan them into flame – 2 Timothy 1:6
Some people have the gift of healing and don’t even know it! You’ll never discover it until you try. God doesn’t want you to walk around defeated. You serve the Living God, Creator of the universe! Practice praying for healing with someone today.
Prayer for Healing
- Ask - Describe what needs to be healed. Mark 9:21
- Ask - Do you believe that God can heal. Mark 9:23
"Say “Jehovah Rapha, ‘The Lord who Heals,’ loves you.” Exodus 15:26
- Ask - Is repentance is needed for anything like bitterness, a lack of faith, or resentment. Mark 9:24
- Invite the Holy Spirit to heal and restore.
- Ask - How do you fell? Pray again if necessary.