There is a difference between the way people in the Bible prayed for healing and the way most Christians pray.
I find myself asking “God, why only certain times do you heal?” So I look to Scripture for answers.
Jesus prayers for healing:
- “Be Clean” – Matt. 8:3
- “Be Opened” – Mark 7:34
- “Stretch Out Your Hand” – Luke 6:10
Apostles’ prayers for healing:
- “Arise” – Acts 9:40
- “Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed!” – Acts 9:34
- “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” – Acts 3:6
My prayer for healing:
God I thank you for bringing me here today. God I lift up my sister in
prayer to you today. If it’s your will God Ipray you take away her illness, aches, and pains. God I ask you to make her whole, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
There is a difference: their prayers carry authority but mine ask for permission. I’m busy wondering if it’s God’s will or timing to heal this person, but I complicated a subject that isn’t meant to be complicated.
We know the Lord’s will: “Your kingdom come your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matt. 6:10
Everything that applies to heaven, God wills to happen here on earth. If it doesn’t exist in heaven then it’s not supposed to be here. Command things that shouldn’t be here to go!
We know God’s timing: “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor; now is the day of salvation.” – 2 Corinthians 6:2
Jesus said to go! When the disciples received the Holy Spirit they went out in boldness to fulfill the great commission. The same Holy Spirit resides in us; we are without excuse.
We justify why God doesn’t heal at times, because at some point we prayed for someone and didn’t see them healed. But we read in the Bible that God promises healing, and he doesn’t have terms or conditions attached to this promise. We find ourselves at an intersection because scripture says that God stays the same forever.
We have made the grievous error of interpreting the Bible based on our experiences, because it’s the only way we can wrap our minds around it. We try to ‘figure it out’. But Christianity isn’t meant for the head, it’s meant for the heart. There are places your heart will take you that your brain will never figure out.
We wait for God to prompt us to pray healing for someone, but deep down it may be a timidity rooted in the fear of failure. Instead of searching our brains for answers, we need to pray for a deeper revelation of Jesus Christ. Let’s base our beliefs on The Truth: “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” – John 14:12
Each and every Christian should want to see the sick healed. It is our God-given birthright: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” – Matt 10:8
Are we afraid of standing out? If so let’s cast out that demonic thought, because Jesus stood out like a sore thumb. We have become so wrapped up in what other people may think that it paralyzes us from acting on God’s calling on our lives. I’m not saying make a spectacle of yourself, but I am saying to walk in the authority Jesus has granted us.
“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” – Mark 16:17-18
Start praying; stop waiting. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.