3 Simple Ways To Pray For Healing

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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. Karen Stuckey

    This is great!
    In the ‘early’ years I used to look for the formula.
    This blog got me thinking about the many different ways Jesus healed.
    Do you think that if the blind man SAW Jesus spit on the ground and make mud to cover the blind mans eyes, he would have freaked out??? – I would have!
    (Jhn 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,)
    I think Holy Spirit helps us determine which way. For example, my daughter kept getting ear infections and it was frustrating. I prayed for healing – no healing. I prayed and asked why. “She’s been lying to you about ..such & such”, came to me. I asked her about it and she said “yes she did lie”. So she prayed and asked for forgiveness and was healed instantly. She hasn’t had an infection since and this was about 8 years ago. What a lesson for us.
    It’s definately not about us – it’s all about Him and I praise Him because He does heal!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Wow, that’s awesome, Karen! Really what it comes back to is relationship, isn’t it? The key to releasing the power of God is intimacy with the Holy Spirit.

  2. Stephanie

    Hello Helen,

    I came onto this site after receiving an invite to attend the Breakthrough Night at Endeavour Hills next Tuesday, 8/3.

    This is a really informative and educational article. Personally, I suffered burns to my left arm in a house fire back in 2009, and it was during this incident that really cemented my faith once and for all. That’s a testimony for another day. 🙂

    But what I’d been debating about is whether I should pray for physical healing. I have attended a conference by Bill Johnson (Bethel Church) a yr ago about healing, and attendees were standing up, being laid hands on, and praying for their infirmities to be healed. Some were instantly healed, but I observed most were internal afflictions.

    I’m 90% at peace with my scarred arm. To be honest, it’s not as bad as most burn victims whom I have encountered, so I am already thankful for that. I guess I sometimes talk to God and ask Him whether He wants to heal it. I get the feeling He wants me to reveal the imperfections in order to get people asking, so I can share my testimony. I have no qualms about that, but being single and turning 32 this year, I kinda wonder if insecurities will creep up onto me someday when I am 40 or 50. I know God at a different level, so I don’t let things bother me. I do wonder about healing, and whether I should even start to pray about it. It’s not that I don’t trust God, I guess I’m more concerned about whether this is in God’s will at all.

    But reading this article has somewhat helped me. I think I’ll start praying, and let God speak to me in His own way.

    Thanks, Helen! 🙂

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Stephanie, wow! I sense God speaking to you at several levels as I read your thoughts. I do believe in persisting in seeking for healing over the long term. Jesus honoured such persistence in the NT and responded to it, so may I encourage you to keep the request before Him, and to not hold back when opportunities arise for you to receive prayer.

      He will use your testimony wherever you are at on the healing journey, but don’t allow doubts (thinking that it is not God’s will to heal) to hold you back. (You mention Bill Johnson. He has some great teaching on this subject).

      I also believe that there is a deeper level of peace and healing and security available to you, and that He is at work in your life in knowing Him as your Abba Father in a greater measure. And that He will use you to minister His life and healing to others. Would love to meet you at the Breakthrough Night if you can make it!

  3. Stephanie Chia

    Hi Helen,

    Wow, you’re QUICK!

    Thank you for your reply, that’s really helpful. I haven’t spoken to anyone much about this, and have been trying to figure this one out on my own. Not doing well, I’m afraid! 😛

    I tried to RSVP to the email in the invite earlier before I came to this blog, but there was a permanent error in response. I guess I could just rock up to the event? Might bring a friend along.

    I would love to meet you too. 🙂

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Stephanie, the list is to give us an idea for catering purposes, I have added you to the RSVP and yes, bring friends, you are all most welcome! Make sure you say hello on the night 🙂

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Larry, thanks for your request. We don’t send prayer shawls from our ministry.
      However, I do pray that God’s healing power will be released into the person and situation that you are seeking His healing for, in Jesus’ Name.

  4. Deb

    Hi Helen,
    It’s now 4:45am. I don’t know how to start….it’s just been bothering me for few years. I have this uncomfortable feelings in my breast and all other symptoms that point that in the direction….that I have cancer in my breast. I don’t want to mention this devilish word but I don’t how I can ask for prayer without explaining my situation. I have a very very young family. I have told this to my husband few times. He told me to go and have a check up. I was scared and also wanted to trust Him fully for my healing so told my husband that God can heal. For the past few days I have been having very uncomfortable pains in my breasts. My husband wanted me to go for a check up this week….totally believe that Jesus has finished His work on Calvary and the healing is mine…but I really want someone to lay hands on me and pray rebuking this demon before I go for this scanning. Can you and your team please pray for me.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Deb, you are totally doing the right thing in going for the checkup. I pray for complete peace and freedom from fear and also for a clear result and healing from the discomfort. You are beloved of God.

  5. Russ Couch

    I attended a church meeting recently, I had my eyes closed and was praying audibly in tongues when I felt a hand on my forehead and found a man praying over me almost in a prophetic manner…. but I did not know him. I did not have a spiritual discernment of evil or wrong but I did not have the discernment of spiritually embracing him either. I found myself somewhat confused by the laying on of hands in this case and I would appreciate some mentoring.

    I embrace the laying on of hands. I have heard pastors say you must be aware of who lays hands on you. Again, This was not necessarily bad but I was unsure and found myself not totally at peace with it. I have had leaders pray or impart to me either verbally or by the laying on of hands, that I did not personally know and I felt spiritually secure.

    Do you believe that you can be reduced or seduced spiritually by this type situation? Or do you think that it is more of an unwarranted spiritual fear on my part?

    Thanks, Russ

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Russ,
      Not an unwarranted fear – as you have heard it said, we do need to be careful about who is laying hands on us. I have had this happen myself and had to pray afterwards. But very simple to deal with – the person was unknown to you, and as you say you are not 100% sure and that’s ok too. Just pray, release a blessing over the person, (forgive them if necessary) but also loose or cut off any impartation that was not of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ Name. Your prayer of faith will deal with any residue from the experience – in some cases, I have known people to need extra prayer from another leader if they still feel ‘tainted’ by something like this. Trust this helps.

  6. Russ Couch

    Thank you Helen,

    I really appreciate your mentoring and prayers.

    May God richly bless you and your ministry.

    Respectfully, Russ

  7. Rae

    Hi there Helen,
    First and foremost, Loved the article which is indeed so helpful being that I’ve been in an inner healing season at this part of time in my life. Actually, I had a dream a couple of nights ago that I was in an area with many people who needed healing for various reasons. The speaker ( I believe I know who it was but after waking up –my memory was hazy)asked who all needed healing. Afterwards, I raised my hand with some others and, she walked right over, smiled and proceed to lay her hands over the area in which I needed heaLing. The only thing is I didn’t mention the aRea to her, and I’m not 100% sure of who she is.
    If I may ask, what is your perspecTive on this, especially in regards to the identity of the individual?

    Thanks so much for your time!!

    1. Rae

      Hi,

      Just wanted to come back and say that I got it figured out- squared away. haha! I love to journal dreams and get more mature insight when I hit roadblocks. Thank you so much for all of the articles on the prophetic. They’ve been a great blessing to me on this journey.
      Have a great rest of your week!

  8. Min Miller

    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

  9. charity

    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.

  10. Thomas Dunmur

    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. Helen Calder Post author

      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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