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


© Helen Calder 2011

Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries family

23 thoughts on “3 Simple Ways To Pray For Healing”

  1. HI
    Loved the words of guidance you have given me through your teaching
    I have felt the call of healing upon my life for many years I am now stepping out and praying with people now I have a strong urge to move forward
    Wood deeply welcome any guidance that you may have for me in my Pursuit for God’s will for my life concerning healing
    THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU

  2. I am grateful for this write up. I have been searching for help about this gift in my life. Your answers are confirmation to all my question. please I will love to be in touch with you for more assistance in this gift of healing. Thanks so much. Am encouraged the more to pray for sick people.

  3. Hello Helen,
    In Aug 2016 I had a tumour on my pituitary gland operated on. The surgeon could only remove half the tumour. I was told by him that there was a 1% chance of a stroke, and I was in that 1%! I really feel that the Lord chose me to prepare me for healing before a second operation, which would involve drilling into the skull and removing the rest of the tumour, as has been recommended. I feel the Lord is preparing me for service in His Name. Needless to say I am terrified of having another stroke or worse.
    I have long been attending a church which does not use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and was wondering whether to seek out someone who has the gift of healing to lay hands on and pray for me. I am friends with a lady who belongs to a charismatic church and who is a very devout Christian and feel led to ask her if she knows anyone who could pray for me. Am I expecting too much or should I let my existing church pray for me in the normal way, without any expectation of healing?

    Thank you for reading this and for your ministry.

    1. Hello Thomas, I’m sorry to hear about the tumour-
      first of all, I add my prayer to yours for healing, in Jesus’ Name.
      And also, in answer to your question, you use the wording ‘feel led to ask’. So it seems that the Holy Spirit is nudging you to ask for prayer – so don’t hold back from seeking if you believe God’s leading you in that direction.

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