7 Reasons Why You Can Pray For Healing

Today I want to share with those of you who, like me, have a strong desire to see people healed as you pray for them—but are uncertain as to whether or not you have a spiritual gift of healing. (I will share some signs of the spiritual gift of healing later in this post)

Here are 7 simple reasons why you can pray for physical healing for people, not just in the context of church life, but also in your everyday life:

1. God is Healer by Name and Nature

We pray for healing because it is on the heart of God.

God is revealed as the healer of disease throughout the Bible. One of His Names is Jehovah Ropheka—‘The Lord Who Heals You’ (Ex 15:26)

He is healer not only by Name but also by nature—Jesus revealed the Father’s heart as He went about ministering healing and freedom to people. (John 14:9-11, Acts 10:38)

Prayer for healing is centred not only upon God’s willingness; it is also based Jesus’ finished work upon the cross. Jesus paid the price for our sin and sickness, and when He rose from the dead He held in His hands the keys of death and hell. (Matt 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24, Rev 1:18) [1]

2. Jesus set us an Example to Follow

Jesus demonstrated a lifestyle of ministering healing to people and trained and instructed His disciples to do the same. This included His wider group of followers, not just the 12. (Luke 10:1-9)

The instructions Jesus gave to His first disciples were to be passed on to future generations of Christian believers. (Matt 28:20)

The practice of healing did not stop there: the ministry of healing was an integral part of early church life. (James 5:13-16)

3. Prayer for Healing is vital to Pastoral Care

We pray for healing because it expresses God’s compassion and care for people.

In church life, prayer for physical healing is essential to pastoral care. It provides comfort and encouragement to individuals and families who are struggling with illness. (James 5:13-16)

And when healing occurs, it provides opportunity for the church to rejoice in the testimony of what God has done. (1 Cor 12:26)

4. It Encourages People to Connect with God

Offering to pray for people who are sick encourages them to look to God in their time of need. (Matt 14:34-36)

Even in our day of advanced science in medicine, there are illnesses for which there are no medical answers. We can look to our Creator Who intimately knows the function of our physical bodies.

5. Prayer makes a Difference.

God’s power is released when we pray. (Matt 18:18-20)

And even in the times God’s power it does not manifest in the time or manner that we expect, He is still at work in ways that we do not understand.

Your prayers are powerful and do make a difference. James instructs us, ‘…pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

The mystery of continued illness did not stop the early apostles praying for healing and it should not hinder us. (2 Tim 4:20)

6. It Impacts the lives of People who do not yet know God.

(Matt 8:8-18, Luke 10:8-9)
When there is a felt need, people are often more responsive to prayer than any other time.

It is amazing how open people are to prayer as a concept, even before they are aware that prayer is actually about a relationship with an awesome God! And we have the opportunity to demonstrate that relationship when we offer to pray for them.

Our faith in a supernatural God Who answers prayer today should permeate throughout our whole life. People around us need to see the expression of our faith in action.

7. We pray for Healing because we can!

Who can pray for physical healing?

A. Leaders in the church

‘Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.’ James 5:14-15

There is a special authority and Biblical mandate for leaders to pray for physical healing.

B. Those with a Spiritual gift of Healing

‘Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing.’ 1 Cor 12:27-28

Here are some signs that you may have a healing gift:

  • You have a strong desire to see people healed by God’s power
  • You are passionate about praying for the sick and regularly encourage others to receive prayer
  • You have had prophecies or a long-term sense of God’s call to minister in healing
  • You gravitate towards ministry that includes praying for the sick
  • You usually offer to pray for healing when people are sick
  • You may have experienced healing yourself
  • You may have had particular trials in the area of your health, either yourself or someone close to you (trials indicate triumph… look at some of the leading Biblical characters)
  • People have been healed when you have prayed for them,  experiencing a genuine touch from God emotionally or physically.

C. All followers of Jesus

‘Very truly I tell you, all who have faith 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)

Our authority is exercised in the Name of Jesus. (Acts 4:10, See also point 2., above)

Whether or not you have a spiritual gift of prayer, or healing, you can still pray on the basis of your relationship with God and the authority that you have as His son or daughter.

[1] There are many differing viewpoints regarding the Biblical doctrine of and basis for physical healing. I find it interesting that Jesus did not teach on healing. Rather, He taught about the Kingdom of God—and healed people.

Related Posts:

3 Simple Way to Pray For Healing

Discover Your Unique Healing Gift

© Helen Calder 2011  – Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

17 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why You Can Pray For Healing”

  1. Hi Helen, Thank you so much for such an Inspirational Teaching on Healing. I was so blessed while reading all the Related Posts. Felt the Heartbeat of our Heavenly Father.
    I Love the Nature of Our Heavenly Father, HE Loves to Heal people in every area of life, whether emotional, spiritual or physical healing. Healing to families, and Healing to Nations. Our GOD is filled with Love, Compassion, Grace and Mercy, for the unsaved, the broken, the sick, and the weary. I find that prayer for healing often expresses the Love, Care, Compassion and Concern that GOD has for us. I also believe that our words are very powerful, a word spoken in season can bring Strength, Comfort and Healing. It’s like Rivers of living water flowing out from within our Heart, Refreshing others with words of Life, Hope, Joy, Peace and Healing. It’s like speaking words of HOPE into situations where there is despair, COMFORT where there is sadness, PEACE where there is distress, RECONCILIATION and RESTORATION where there is division. It’s all about Reaching Out To JESUS, just like the woman in the gospels with the issue of blood who PRESSED through, just so she could Touch JESUS.

    A poem I have written about, “Reaching Out To JESUS”

    Healing, Salvation, Joy and Restoration
    If only I could Just Touch the Hem of HIS Garment
    I will be made Whole
    If only I could Just Press Through
    I will be Strong
    I will Press ON
    Moment by Moment
    Day by Day
    There is NO other Way

    When my heart is heavy
    When I have no song
    When I feel all my strength is gone
    I will Cast Every Care, to YOU LORD JESUS
    On the Wings of Prayer

    I will Cry Out to YOU
    Any Time, Any Where
    Knowing YOU are ALWAYS THERE
    Holding me Close in YOUR Tender Loving CARE
    I will declare, I BELIEVE in The Power of Prayer

    LORD You HEAR, my every Whisper
    LORD You HEAR, my every Prayer
    LORD You FEEL, my every Burden
    LORD You KNOW, my every Care

    You Wipe Away ALL my Tears
    You Take Away ALL my Fears
    You Let me Know You are HERE
    You Let me Know You are NEAR

    JESUS, You give fresh Hope, Comfort and Strength for Tomorrow
    JESUS, You Make All Things New

    New Life, New Hope
    New Joy , New Peace
    New Purpose, New Strength
    New Story, New Glory

    Poem by Irene Kyriacou

    1. Hi, I recently (last four years), have felt buzzing around my hands feet and ankles. Mostly when I am walking around an assisted care facility. I have been asked by God to heal a person with diabetes so she could enjoy a piece of cake again. I said no several times,, God she is schizophrenic, mad and Bipolar, what am I going to say, (michael, you were named Michael for a reason, I will give you the words. ), so I went over to her an God was giving the words as I spoke to her saying God is asking me to give you any gift you wish for. What would you like?? (God then spoke in my heart, wait till you hear this Michael), she said “well, my diabetes has been real high for a while, it would be nice just to have a slice of cake again”) God said go ahead offer it to her I will give this to her. God, no! What will happen if it doesn’t work? I will bless her and encourage you! Ok, what is your request, could I get my blood sugar low enough?? What number would you like? She said 149 would be nice. Then in the loving and authority in God’s grace make it so in the name of Christ.

      The next morning she came wheeling her wheelchair up to me ;I had already forgotten), she said the nurses were amazed, my blood sugar went from 490 down to 149, and my note is, it stayed there. They took her off insulin. That was the first one. But I see demons and am attacked also. I’m speaking to those whom God orders me to speak to and things are happening. Am I crazy??

    2. Susanti Wardjojo

      Beautiful poem and encouraging messages, Irene. Continue be a blessing to people around you?

  2. maria kyriacou

    AMEN AND AMEN !!!! Thank you my beautiful sister, for blessing me this day 🙂 knowing that God is with us, is certainly of great comfort….i am so happy to have found this web site, your poetry is AMAZING!!!! GOD BLESS XXX

  3. Reshini munsamy


    I constantly have dreams about people and things that they haven’t told anyone when I confront them I find out my dream is true and to the point about their lives. I also dream of praying in tongues and fire appearing from nowhere I’m so confused and lost I can’t keep a job. I’m miserable with all my jobs and I’m happy when I tell people about Jesus.

    1. Hi Reshini, that’s wonderful about your dreams! The Bible does encourage us to work, our lifestyle is a part of our good testimony that speaks to people, and also in our job, we can be used of God to touch people’s lives and speak into them. A call to full time ministry (such as evangelism) can take many years to fully emerge, years of faithfully serving God in the small things. I pray you find the right job and receive God’s enabling power to serve and persevere. May you know His grace and blessing.

  4. Hi Helen,

    Thank you for this blog.

    More than a decade ago in my church where I was saved, a lady prophesied that I had a gift of healing. At that time I nervously received the message, I was excited that God would choose to use me like that. But also I was a bit overwhelmed!
    Ever since then ive been through challenges of physical sickness myself. My question is how can I pray for healing to anyone if I am sick myself? I do believe the prophecy was true because God shows me sick people in my dreams, especially people who are suffering from the same disease im suffering. I just don’t know where to start! Please help me.


    1. Hi Bongiwe, the presence of a sickness or health challenge in your own life does not disqualify you from praying for others for healing.
      A healing evangelist in New Zealand who had an impact on my life wore a hearing aid, and yet he saw many people healed through his ministry.
      If anything, it qualifies you and gives you even more reason to continue to pursue healing for yourself and others. God’s grace is powerful!
      I encourage you to continue to press through, and may that which you freely give to others overflow into healing in your own life too.

  5. I do not know what my gift is, I pray to Jesus to show me and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. I get very emotional when reading about God’s gifts of healing through touch and prayer. Is this my calling? Please any guidance on this would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Darryl,
      the emotional response means that it is very personal to you, and could well be a sign of your calling, revealing the deep desires of your heart.
      Establishing a calling is a journey, so be encouraged to keep taking steps forward, learning, studying God’s Word, and praying when you have the opportunity.

  6. Hello:
    I appreciate your information.
    Have you heard of The Last Reformation? If you have not I suggest that you introduce yourself to it by searching The Last Reformation Miracles with Teenagers. I have been kickstarted & have had the blessing of being a vessel for a lot of answered prayers but sometimes the answers don’t happen. Those short my confidence. I have gotten more courage by remembering that some of the greatest healers failed sometimes too. The disciples could not heal one person & Jesus said that it was their lack of faith. Jesus could do no healing in one place because the people there had no faith. Jesus told one woman, who requested healing for her child that was not with her her, that her faith has healed her child. lotsa love Joann

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