Background for Healing Prayers
I believe that Christians should pray for healing. If we are going to say we believe the Bible, then placing our trust in God should naturally overflow. However, I understand the fear. We don’t want to presume upon God and give people false hope.
Still, the Bible gives us examples where those of faith looked to God for their own healing and the healing of others. Let’s look at a few:
Bible Verses on Prayers for Healing
| Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise.
| But I will restore you to health
and heal your wounds,’
declares the Lord,
‘because you are called an outcast,
Zion for whom no one cares.’
| Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
| for I am the Lord, who heals you.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
|Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law from Fever
The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases.
| Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
|Jesus Sends Out the 12
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
| Jesus Sends Out the 72
Heal the sick who are there and tell them,
‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well;
the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and
pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
|Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health
and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
3 John 1:2
| Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Things to Remember when Praying for Healing
As I read those Bible verses on healing, I come away with a greater awareness of God’s desire to heal. He is the restorer of all things and loves His creation. I am also left with an awareness that there are things God wants us to do. There are many things God wants to do but is waiting on someone to pray for.
With this in mind, it is God that heals. We do not have the power apart from God’s spirit living in us. It is not a skill we earn or something left for the professional Christians. God is looking for those with faith to believe what He has said.
I will give you a sample healing prayer, but the power is not in the words; it is an expression of faith in a God that heals and wants to heal. Having faith is more than saying the words of prayer. Continue to pray and be persistent. Jesus death on the cross was sufficient to overcome all the works of sin, death, and satan. Your prayers are effective. Let’s reach out to others in the name of Jesus and bring hope and healing to our world.
Sample Healing Prayer
Heavenly Father, I thank You for my friend. You created her in Your likeness, and You love her. I thank You that You love her more than I do and You desire good for her more than I do. Therefore I come to You knowing You want to touch her in a significant way today.
Father, thank You for empowering me with You Holy Spirit. And, I pray that my hands with be the hands of Jesus. I release the power of Jesus to fill her – mind, body, and spirit. I release all of Your goodness to penetrate her body driving out of her all that is not of You.
In the name of Jesus, Father heal my friend. May all effects of the Corona virus leave her body, right now. Father, I ask that You lower her temperature and revive her body.
God, thank You for loving my friend. Thank You for touching her life and bringing Your healing. We love You.
After you pray, ask your friend how they feel. This question strengthens your friends faith as you expect God to answer your prayers. However, don’t be discouraged if they don’t notice anything different. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and thank them for letting you pray.
It’s an honor to get to pray with others. Those you pray for are often encouraged that you would take the time to offer such a gift. You are blessed to have the privilege of partnering with God. It’s very much like sharing your faith – you may not see immediate fruit, but God was glorified in the process.
If you would like more information on praying for healing for others, check out these two books:
- The Healing Reawakening by Francis MacNutt. This book has some interesting history of the church and its belief in God’s willingness to heal. This book encouraged me in my journey to being willing to believe God wants to use me to pray for healing in others.
- Authority to Heal by Randy Clark. Randy Clark has prayed for healing of hundreds, if not thousands, of people. His personal stories mixed with Biblical foundations will encourage you to pray for others’ healing.