Numerous times throughout the Gospels, we read Jesus spoke a few words to someone, and they were healed. We don’t read of Jesus begging Father God to heal people. Instead, Jesus stated the desired outcome. He spoke the answer to the issue. Various examples include:
- Mark 7:34 Jesus stated, “Be opened” to the dead and mute man’s ears and tongue and they were opened and healed.
- Mark 3:5 “Stretch out your hand” to the man with the shrivelled hand, and it was healed.
- Mark 5:21-43 “Little girl, I say to you, get up”, to the dead girl, who then got up and began walking around.
There are many more examples you will discover as you read the Gospels.
Our family has been fortunate to be involved in a church that believes that healing is for today. We have been involved in our church’s Healing Rooms for over eleven years and have seen many people healed and set free. We have also seen a number of people not healed.
It doesn’t seem fair that some people don’t seem to experience healing. I have no idea why. However, I have observed that some things aid and accelerate healing. We have incorporated these ‘keys’ into how we pray for people for healing, enabling us to see an acceleration in physical healing. Please note – there are no formulas in healing with God. (I wrote this blog post on that very issue.) God is sovereign and often heals people instantaneously, but it can also be a slow process, or we may not see healing for a particular person. Why is that? I don’t know.
Keys to physical healing:
1. We listen first to the Holy Spirit and ask Him how to pray. If we hear from Heaven what we should pray and how we should pray, there is a far greater result in a person experiencing healing. (In saying that, one time when I was asked to pray for someone with cancer, I asked God what I should pray for, and I sensed this person was going to die, and it was about comfort, not healing here on earth. Usually, when I pray for healing from cancer, it is about the person being healed here on earth.)
2. We usually ask the person if something occurred at the same time the injury or sickness began. Often there can be a correlation between an adverse life event and the illness/injury but not always. We are body, mind, and spirit; these three parts are interrelated.
3. We may sense there may be someone that the person may need to forgive (someone else, themselves, or God), but healing is not dependent on forgiveness. We only ask that if the Holy Spirit brings it to mind.
4. We ask if there is any pain or lack of movement. If there is pain, we ask the person to rate the pain level out of ten, with ten being the worst pain possible and zero being no pain. After we have prayed, we ask the person to test (e.g. see if there is an improvement in the movement) or if the pain has decreased and what it is now out of ten. If there is no change or slight improvement, we keep praying, expecting God to continue healing.
5. We don’t beg God. We simply state the desired outcome e.g. if a broken bone, we would say, “Bone be healed in Jesus’ name”. “Pain go. Inflammation be gone” etc. We speak to the issue.
6. In praying for someone, we often feel led to lift off shock and trauma, especially if the illness has been a shock to the person or they have been involved in an accident. We then pray for an infilling of peace, joy, clarity, etc.
7. We may sense to break words spoken over a person or labels put on them. If it is an illness, the illness is not their identity. It does not define them. E.g. “I currently have diabetes” is different than saying “I am a diabetic”; the latter can make it more difficult to be healed.
Next time you are praying for someone for healing, I encourage you to try these keys. I would also love to hear if you have discovered any other keys when praying for physical healing.
Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:
Every blog post, I list five prophetic activations/exercises under children/family, group, beginner, intermediate and advanced. The purpose of these exercises is to practice to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and see and sense God and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy! Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3) and that it comes from a place of love.
1. Children / Families Activation: Distribute paper and crayons/pencils. Ask the children to draw what body conditions God wants to heal today. Then find people needing those conditions healed and pray for them.
2. Group Activation: Ask group members if they need physical healing. Before praying, spend time asking God how He would love you to pray for them.
3. Beginner Activation: Ask God to highlight someone with a physical illness or injury today and ask God how He would love you to pray for them.
4. Intermediate Activation: Spend time with God asking Him to highlight a certain illness or physical injury. Ask God to reveal to you any keys in relation to the healing of that condition.
5. Advanced Activation: Spend time with God asking Him to highlight a national sports star. Ask God what He would love you to pray for that person and then declare it.