10 Signs You May Have The Spiritual Gift Of Healing

Spiritual Gift of HealingThe spiritual gift of healing is the Holy Spirit-given ability to impart miraculous healing to the body or soul of a person in Jesus’ Name.

‘Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers…’ 1 Cor 12:7-10a

Sometimes when we are in the early stages of a spiritual gift manifesting in our lives, we struggle with doubts or uncertainty.

It is not uncommon to experience challenges or come under spiritual attack in the very area God intends to use us.

In the Bible, trial leads to triumph; the presence of a difficulty is an indication that God will use you in that area to minister to others. If you can relate to this in the area of healing, be encouraged to persevere. Be faithful. Steward the hunger and gift that God has given to you.


10 Signs of the Spiritual Gift of Healing

1. Desire to see People Healed

You feel more strongly about healing than other people seem to do. You are hungry to see people healed by the power of God and may have had that desire for a long time.

2. You Encourage Others to Receive Healing Prayer

You believe in praying for the sick and regularly encourage others to receive prayer. If someone shares they are unwell, your first instinct is to pray.

3. Prophecies or a long-term sense of God’s call

  • You can look back to a time(s) in the past where you received the call of God to the ministry of healing
  • You may have significant Bible verses that have spoken to you about your call to the healing ministry
  • You may also have received personal prophecies about God using you in the ministry of healing

4. You Gravitate Towards the Healing Ministry

Your interest in praying for the sick has led you, now or in the past, to join a team that prays for the sick. This could include a dedicated healing ministry, healing evangelism team, prayer ministry or a church prayer or altar team.

5. You have Received a Significant Healing

You have experienced first hand the power of God to heal in your own life and that encounter with Him has increased your faith for God to heal others.

6. You have had Trials in the area of Health

You, or others close to you have had severe trials in the area of your health, with illness and problems. These times have caused you to pursue God, His Word and His heart concerning healing.

7. You have Been Through a Difficult Time in Your Healing Ministry

You used to pray for people and see them healed, but since then, you have been through a dry or difficult time. There have been wilderness times of testing, during which you have doubted that you have a gift of healing.

8. You are Drawn to Equipping in the area of Healing

You have studied the Bible to learn more about healing and know Scriptures about healing off by heart.

You have been drawn to teaching, training and equipping in the area of healing. Your heart leaps when you hear of an opportunity to be better equipped to pray for the sick.

9. Leaders Acknowledge Your Healing Gift

Leaders and pastors have recognised your call and ability to minister in the area of healing. They have encouraged you to move forward in your gift or invited you to join a team that ministers in the area of healing.

10. People Have been Healed Through you

The ultimate sign that you have a gift of healing is seen in the evidence of healing through your ministry. People regularly experience a touch from God emotionally and physically when you have prayed for or ministered healing to them.


Do you Identify with Some Signs you have a Healing Gift?

Can you identify with many points in the above list, but do not have a strong track record of people being healed as you minister to them in Jesus’ Name?

Perhaps you have not persevered and prayed enough for people. Today Father is encouraging you to press through. It is time for your spiritual gift of healing to emerge and be released.

My prayer is that this article will encourage many who have received a call from God to minister healing to rise up, pursue that call and minister to the sick with greater fire and passion than ever before.

Be faithful with what you have and watch as God multiplies and uses your gift of healing.


Why we Pray for Healing:

  1. The Bible’s example: the Bible teaches it, Jesus did it, the disciples did it, and the early church did it (Luke 5:15, Acts 4:30, Luke 10:1-9)
  2. Pastoral care: Ministering healing is an important part of expressing God’s compassion (Matt 9:35 – 10:9, James 5:13-16)
  3. Praying for healing encourages people to connect with God in times of need (Matt 14:34-36)
  4. Prayer makes a difference (Matt 18:18-20)
  5. Obedience: Jesus instructs us to pray (Mark 16:18, Matt 28:20
  6. Evangelism: a sign for unbelievers (Matt 8:8-18, Luke 10:8-9)

A spiritual gift is a turbo-boosted, Holy Spirit empowered version of an attribute that should be seen in every Christian’s life. Whether or not you recognise a sign from the above list that you have a spiritual gift of healing, be encouraged to step out and minister to people in Jesus’ Name, and watch as God’s power is released.


Notes:

[1] I have compiled the above list from years of Bible study, observation, prayer leadership and learning from the stories of those whom God has used in the ministry of healing. For more detailed information about the stages of growth in spiritual gifts including healing, along with Scriptural references, see my book, ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts.’

Grow Your Prophetic And Prayer Gifts ‘Grow Your Prophetic And Prayer Gifts’ will help you move forward in your gifts of prophecy, healing and prayer – at whatever stage or season you are on the journey.

Check out our e-books page for more e-books related to prophetic and prayer ministry.


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How To Pray For Healing And Other Needs

Have you ever been talking to someone, and during conversation a need is mentioned? Perhaps there is a financial problem, a relationship crisis, or some other issue.

And in the moment, you realise that you have a window of opportunity to suggest prayer.

Or someone in your world becomes sick, or is injured. And an opportunity arises when you could offer to pray.

But you hesitate.

Perhaps you think,

  • ‘I am not sure how to pray.’
  • ‘What if they don’t want me to pray?’
  • ‘What if I pray and nothing happens?’

As Christians, we should make it our aim to become comfortable with praying on the spot for people when they have a need.

We can also become familiar with sharing an encouraging word from God: even to someone who does not know Jesus.

Today I would like to share some simple, Biblical ways that you can pray for others—whether for healing, or other needs—in everyday life.

Before you begin, remember that the simpler the prayer and more natural the language you use, the better—especially when praying for someone who is not a Christian.

How To Pray For Healing And Other Needs

1. ASK the Father

“I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16

Jesus said that when we pray, we can ask the Father in His Name.

We can ask for God to intervene supernaturally, whether it is a healing, provision, comfort, help, or something else that is needed from God. ‘

“Father’ I ask that you would… [meet this need] in Jesus’ Name”

Some people think that this simple kind of petition is inferior to other types of prayer, but it is not! Asking is the privilege of royal sons and daughters, and our Father waits for us to ask. (Matt 7:7-11)

It also demonstrates to those we are praying for, and any onlookers, that it is possible to have a personal relationship with God, and that He loves them and cares for their needs.

2. ADDRESS the Issue

‘[Jesus] gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.’ Luke 9:1b

When praying, we can also exercise our spiritual authority in Jesus’ Name and directly address the sickness or problem (especially if we discern that the issue is demonic in origin).

When you read the Gospels and Acts, you can see how Jesus and the Apostles used words of authority to heal the sick and set people free.

We exercise authority by faith, in the Name of Jesus. “It is Jesus name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” Acts 3:16

3. ASSESS for Improvement

‘Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”’ Mark 8:23b-24

Jesus frequently required those He healed to do something they could not do before. (Matt 9:6, Mark 5:41, John 5:8)

If you are praying for healing, and it is possible to check whether the condition has improved or pain relieved, enquire with  the person you are praying for. This exercises your faith, and creates a sense of anticipation.

We are expecting God to move in answer to our prayer. [1]

4. ALLOW for Related Concerns

‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.’ Galatians 6:2

If you have a longer time to pray, or if you are journeying with someone, you can express caring in your prayers by praying for other needs that relate to the issue you are praying for.

For example, someone with a medical condition may have medical appointments or surgery you can pray about. There may be emotional responses to care for, family members who are involved, or financial needs as a result of the problem.

Stepping Out in Prayer

If offering prayer for another’s needs is new to you, begin in an environment where you feel most comfortable and step out from there, e.g., in your immediate family, or with Christian friends.

The main thing is to begin—to have a go. Eventually you may discover a prayer style that most suits you.

Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to direct you as to the best way to pray at any given time.

Imagine what could happen if every Christian brought people face to face with God through prayer during times of need! This week, let’s express God’s love and power to someone in our world by offering a prayer.


Notes:

[1] In prayer, as with prophetic ministry, our aim is to create a safe environment for people to connect with God. When someone you pray for receives physical healing, instruct them to continue to take prescribed medication until he or she has received medical advice and had the healing confirmed. If you feel led to place a hand upon someone when you pray, check with them first if it’s OK.


Related Posts:

How to Share A Prophecy With Someone Who Is Not A Christian

7 Reasons Why You Can Pray for Healing

10 Signs You May Have the Spiritual Gift of Healing


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When Painful Memories Resurface – Receive God’s Healing

Recently I had a memory flashback of a painful event in my life. For several long minutes, it was as though I was actually present in the time and place of the trauma—reliving every emotion in vivid technicolour.

Later, over a cup of coffee, I mused over this occurrence with a dear friend who is a Christian counsellor.

“Why,” I wanted to know, “would I have a flashback of an event that has been fully dealt with—one in which there has been complete forgiveness and restoration, and that has been used by God to bring such good in my life?”

I went on to share my response to the flashback, how I had prayed about the incident, re-affirming forgiveness and searched my heart for unfinished business. I could find none.

“Sometimes,” my friend said, “a traumatic event can cause soul damage. When a painful memory resurfaces, we need to take time with God—in the moment or aside later—to receive His healing into our hearts.”

As I pondered her words, I realised that my response to the flashback had been (typically) to take action. Working out what I could do to fix it, it had not occurred to me to simply receive what Jesus had already accomplished for me.

Receiving God’s Healing when Painful Memories Resurface

‘He restores my soul…’ (Ps 23:3)

If something has triggered the flashback of a traumatic memory, here are some thoughts to help you process it:

1. Take the Position of Trust

‘He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.’ (Is 61:1)

You can be assured that if God has allowed pain from the past to resurface in your life, it is because He desires to bring a deeper level of healing to you.

A flashback can also be our inner self’s means of letting us know that it is ready to face and deal with any buried pain.

2. Re-Establish Forgiveness

‘Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ (Matt 18:21-22)

A good analogy is that forgiving again whenever you recall a painful event is like keeping a wound clean so that it can heal. This may mean simply re-affirming the forgiveness you have already given.

3. You Don’t Need to Handle it Alone

 ‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.’ (Gal 6:2)

Sometimes we can work through hurts privately in our personal relationship with God.

However there are times, especially relating to situations of trauma, when we can benefit from others’ help. This could be through a simple discussion, someone to pray with, or Christian counselling.

4. Receive God’s Healing

‘He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.’ (Ps 147:3)

There is something significant that can take place when we allow God to minister to us in moments of reliving the pain. We can receive God’s comfort right there in the very place of the trauma. We can experience His redeeming power. [1]

Take time with God to receive His healing. This may be either in the moment that you recall the pain, or in time aside later.

You may want to:

  • Acknowledge and release the hurt to Him
  • Consider the heart of the Father to you in the situation—His compassion, comfort, and unconditional love; His complete acceptance, along with His desire to heal you and bring good to your life
  • Listen to anything He may want to tell you about the event. The Holy Spirit may lead you to further forgiveness, or repentance, or He may simply want to show you something about the situation from God’s perspective
  • Thank God for His healing and receive it by faith
  • Be still in His Presence.

You may not feel that anything significant has taken place, but you can be assured that God has brought healing to you.

5. Affirm God’s Word

‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.’ (Ps 119:105)

Once you have done the above, even if it is an issue that requires a long-term journey such as counselling, you do not need to dwell on negative emotions or thoughts.

Instead, allow God’s Word to feed your perspective. I find the Psalms a helpful starting place—the Psalmists acknowledge pain in its reality, but always lead you back to a position of faith in God.

The One Who Sees Me

Hagar was a slave who was abused and mistreated. Pregnant and alone, she fled into the wilderness. There, the angel of the Lord appeared to her, bringing comfort, instruction and prophecy.

Genesis 16:13 tells us,

‘She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

Life’s experiences had sought to rob Hagar of her God-given identity. Abuse had sent her the message, ‘You are a chattel, a despised slave, a usurper.’ Now God spoke into her very identity and destiny: ‘I know you, I love you – and I have ordained you to be the mother of a nation.’

In the darkest place, Hagar received a revelation of God as One who saw her pain, and Who had a purpose for her life which would not be thwarted by the pain.

This experience with God gave Hagar the courage to face her fears and fulfil the future God had planned for her.

Like Hagar, we too can know God’s healing and redeeming power. We can know His presence, comfort and love for us in the midst of our pain. We can receive our identity from Him. And we can be assured of the Father’s intent to overturn what was meant for harm and bring us into His purpose for our lives.

Remember, you are God’s beloved son or daughter. He loves you unconditionally and beyond measure. He is sovereign, He is faithful, and He is Your Redeemer.


Notes:

[1] From the counselling perspective, Jean Battersby says,

‘God invites us to allow His comfort and validation to be experienced and sensed IN the relived traumatic incident. Psychologically this allows us the experience of comfort and safety, in a moment that originally was overtaken by fear and disempowerment. Recent neurological understandings explain the way the anxious or traumatised brain can change (neuroplasticity of the brain) when the mind, body and emotions consistently absorb and experience comfort and safety over-ruling the traumatic memory. For people who have experienced trauma, it seems to be healing in itself for the person to realise that God sees and knows the meaning and extent of the pain and that He offers deep compassion, empathy and healing.’ Jean Battersby, Relationship and Trauma Counsellor


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Faith-Building Glimpses of Healing In The Old Testament

Are you praying for a healing breakthrough in your life or ministry, or that of someone close to you?

The Bible is full of life-giving and faith-building truths about God’s purpose and power to heal. Today I share some scriptures and events recorded in the Old Testament that reveal Jesus as our Healer, as well as the healing work of the cross. (Luke 24:27)

8 Windows on Healing in the Old Testament

1. Wholeness—God’s Ultimate Purpose

In the creation of Adam and Eve, God reveals His ultimate purpose for humanity. This includes unbroken communion with Him and wholeness of body, soul and spirit. (1 Thess 5:23) [1]

2. Healing in the Exodus of Israel

The New Testament tells us that Jesus is the fulfilment of the Passover lamb. (John 1:29, 1 Cor 5:7)

We read in Exodus 11-12 of Israel’s first Passover meal. Central to Passover is the sacrifice of a lamb—one for each household. The flesh of the lamb is eaten, whilst the blood is sprinkled on the sides and top of the door frame of the house.

The sacrifice of the lamb and sprinkled blood protects God’s people from the angel of death—the 10th plague sent upon Egypt.

At the same time, an astonishing miracle of healing occurs. Psalm 105:37 tells us that as the nation of Israel left Egypt, ‘from among their tribes, no one faltered.’ [2]

3. Healing and God’s Covenant Names

In Exodus 15, God reveals one of His covenant names to Israel: “I am Jehovah-Ropheka,” meaning ‘The Lord Who Heals You.’ (Ex 15:26)

The word Ropheka, or rapha, means ‘cure, heal, physician, repair, make whole.’ [3]

Other covenant names include

  • Jehovah-Shalom, The Lord Our Peace (Judges 6:24)
  • Jehovah Tsidkeenu, The Lord Our Righteousness (Jer 25:6) and
  • Jehovah-Mekaddishkem, The Lord Our Sanctifier (Ex 31:13)

All of these will later find perfect fulfilment in Jesus and His work of redemption.

4. Healing Foretold in the Bronze Snake

There are many prophetic ‘types,’ or symbols, in the Old Testament that speak of Jesus and His redemptive work on the cross. One of these is the bronze serpent. (John 3:14)

In Numbers 21, we read of how the Israelites’ sin (speaking against God) results in a plague of poisonous snakes in the camp. The people repent of their sin, and ask Moses to intercede on their behalf.

‘The Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.’ So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.’ (Numbers 21:8,9)

God could easily kill the snakes or cause them to leave the camp; however this would effectively be revoking His judgment on the sin itself, which He cannot do.

Instead, He chooses this moment to demonstrate His mercy by providing a way of healing. By looking upon the bronze snake, Israelites are not only delivered from judgment and death—they are physically healed.

5. A Picture of Jesus’ Healing Ministry

Elijah and Elisha, as prophets of God, perform great signs that include physical healing and resurrection from death—their miracles foretell the ministry of Jesus.

6. Healing in the Psalms

In Psalm 103, David praises the Lord for all of His blessings, or benefits, which include healing.

These verses are also a forward look to the work of redemption accomplished by Jesus on the cross: ‘Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion…’ (Psalm 103:2-4)

7. The Healing Work of the Cross Foretold (Isaiah 53)

‘Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions,  He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.’ (Isaiah 53:4-5-NKJV)

The Hebrew word Choliy that has been translated ‘griefs’ also means sickness or disease. [4] This word ‘choliy’ has been translated sickness or disease in many other scriptures. (See 2 Ki 1:2, 2 Chr 16:12, Job 30:18, Dt 7:15, Ps 41:3, Eccl 5:17).

Later, Matthew quotes this scripture in the context of Jesus driving out spirits with a word and healing all who were sick: “This is to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” (Matt 8: 17)

By His stripes we are healed.’ When Peter later quoted this verse—referring to the cross—he used the past tense: “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) This was because atonement was accomplished once and for all by Jesus’ death on the cross. The Greek word used by Peter for healing was used in other scriptures for physical healing. [5]

8. Healing in His Wings

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will arise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall…’ (Malachi 4:2)

The Old Testament closes with the same promise that the New Testament finishes with; that the time is coming when our healing will be forever complete and we will live in the light of God’s glorious presence in all eternity.

We see this prophecy also fulfilled in the first coming of our Lord Jesus. Zechariah, father of John the Baptist spoke these words: “…because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78,79)

When Jesus came as light to our world, He did indeed come with healing in His wings. And He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. (Heb 13:8)


Notes:

[1] A fast-forward to the end: the book of Revelation assures us that there will once again come a day where there is no death, mourning crying or pain. (Rev 21:4)

[2] A wonderful picture of redemption can be seen in the Exodus of Israel. They are set free from bondage, made physically whole, carry with them the silver and gold of Egypt (effectively financial restitution for their years of unpaid labour) and released to worship and serve God.

[3] STRONG, J. Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. 1996. Ref 7495

[4] Strongs ref 2483.

[5] Strongs ref 2390. See Matt 8:13, Mark 5:29, Luke 6:19, Luke 22:51, Acts 28:8

Hayford states, ‘Peter’s intent in quoting Is 53:5 is to show that personal wholeness—mental psychological, physical and spiritual—flows from this conversion.’ HAYFORD, J W, Ed. The Spirit-Filled Life Bible.  1991.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson. P1910


More Articles on the topic of Healing:

Discover Your Unique Healing Gift

7 Reasons Why You Can Pray for Healing

3 Simple Ways to Pray for Healing


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3 Simple Ways To Pray For Healing

I have a dream that every Christian will have the confidence and freedom to pray for other people, in any situation.

We serve a loving and supernatural God, Who longs to express His grace and power through us in our everyday lives.

Last week I shared some reasons why we can pray for physical healing, and today I want to share 3 simple ways that you can put it into practice.

It Isn’t about a Formula

When we start out, it can be helpful to become familiar with a few different methods of praying. It is a bit like having access to a toolkit. We can then use whichever method suits the situation—or pray as the Holy Spirit leads us.

When you look at how Jesus healed people in the Gospels, you see many different ways that it took place.

So when we pray, it is not about a formula, although you might find one way of praying for healing that suits you.

Contrary to what some people may try and tell you, there is no one best method to pray for healing.

If there was one superior method, then those healing ministries in the world to day that are getting the most results would all be using one method. But they are not—they all have different expressions of ministry!

3 Easy Ways to Pray for Physical Healing

Here are three different ways that you can pray for healing. I call them Petition (Asking) Prayer, Power Prayer, and Pastoral (Caring) Prayer.

1. Petition (Asking) Prayer

We petition God when we simply ask Him to do something—in this case to bring healing—in Jesus’ Name.

Petition is not inferior to other types of prayer—asking is powerful, and is the privilege of sons and daughters. (Matt 7:7-11, John 14:13-14)

Making requests of God should be done with thanksgiving—we pray with the confidence that He hears us, and has already provided the answer to our prayer. (Phil 4:6)

We see petition happening in the Bible when people came to Jesus asking for healing on behalf of themselves and others.

Petition prayer is a powerful witness to non-Christians because it demonstrates our relationship with God.

2. Power Prayer

Power Prayer is short, brief and to the point, rather like a ‘laser beam’ of focused prayer or command, using the Name of Jesus.

In Power Prayer, we exercise the authority God has given to us over sickness. This includes:

A. Praying using the authority of Jesus’ Name (Acts 4:10,30; John 14:12-14)

B. Praying or declaring scripture

God’s word has authority. Some scriptures we can pray include 1 Peter 2:24, Ex 15:26, Ps 107:20

C. Speaking a word of command to the sickness (Ps 107:20)

Jesus frequently used a word of command or pronouncement of healing. (Luke 8:54, John 5:8, Matt 12:13)

Peter primarily used the spoken word to bring healing in his ministry. (Acts 3:6, 9:34, 9:40)

3. Pastoral (Caring) Prayer

In pastoral care prayer, we aim specific prayer at caring for the person, not only for healing, but also for issues related to the illness.

The power of Pastoral Prayer is that we are praying specifically. It lets the person know that God cares and we care about their whole life related to that issue. (Gal 6:2, Rom 12:12)

Some things we can pray for include:

  • Healing and Divine intervention
  • Pray concerning specific symptoms as well as the underlying cause of the sickness
  • Other family members affected by the need expressed
  • Key events such as medical appointments, operations, and so on
  • The medical skill of doctors and other professionals
  • Other logistics relating to the illness—such as finance, help and transport
  • Any emotional responses to the situation—e.g. fear, trauma or anxiety

I like to pray for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit for Christians who are in difficult times or require healing. They may have had a lot of emotion, or pain to deal with and can feel depleted emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

Other Prayer Tools

Here are some further thoughts about prayer for healing:

Repeated Prayer

Repeated prayer show the people that we care enough to journey the distance with them. And God may use the power of recurring prayer in the process of healing. Jesus prayed more than once for a blind man, who was healed gradually. (Mark 8:22-26)

Two Points of Connection

a. Laying on hands

Laying on of hands was one of many methods that Jesus used to minister healing to people. (Luke 4:40)

Paul mostly used the laying on of hands and physical impartation to heal. (Acts 20:10, 19:11-12, 28:8)

The benefits of having a physical point of connection include:

  • It can help build faith
  • It reminds others and us that we are an agent, or representative of Jesus.
  • It is a Biblical means of impartation (releasing the healing power of God through one person to another)

We should always ask people first to ensure they are comfortable with us touching them as we pray.

b. Anointing with oil

Anointing with oil is symbolic. It is recommended for use by leaders in the NT. (James 5:14) Jesus’ disciples also used anointing oil on one occasion in Mark 6:13.

We need to keep in mind that unchurched people do not understand the symbolism of anointing with oil, therefore it is may not always be appropriate.

Important Things to Remember

Finally, important things to remember whilst praying for healing are:

  • The basis for our prayer is not our ability, but what Jesus has accomplished on the cross. (1 Peter 2:24)
  • Jesus healed people out of compassion. (Matt 14:14) Love is vital to praying for healing as it is in any ministry situation. (1 Cor 13:2-3)
  • Never advise people to cease prescribed medications. If they believe they are healed, refer them to their physician for confirmation first.
  • Acknowledge the mystery of prolonged or unanswered prayer and never place blame for this on anyone’s ‘lack of faith’.
    In 2 Tim 4:20, we learn of a close associate of the Apostle Paul who remained ill. No answers were given. We are called to pray in faith, leaving the outcome up to God.

Other articles in the Healing Series:

7 Reasons Why You Can Pray For Healing

Discover Your Unique Healing Gift


Do you have any further thoughts or questions about the topic of healing? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the comments box below. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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