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.

Remember, you will have a unique healing gift – the way the Holy Spirit ministers through you may be different to others.

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.


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

Related Posts:

7 Reasons Why You Can Pray For Healing

Discover Your Unique Healing Gift

8 Signs You May Have the Spiritual Gift of Discernment

3 Simple Ways to Pray for Healing

© Helen Calder  Enliven Ministries

A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

34 thoughts on “10 Signs You May Have The Spiritual Gift Of Healing

  1. jose ramos

    hace ya algunos años,que camino en esta uncion de sanidad,nada mas que despues de haber experimentado esa uncion del Señor,cai enfermo,y estuve enfermo por años. pero antes de que cayera enfermo,tuve la oportunidad de orar por personas que venian de otros Estados de mi pais,y las sanidades se emperzaron a ver,cuando oraba por ellos:sanaban de alta presion,liberacion,riñones,cancer en el estomago,etc…y despues me sumi en un estado de depresion y angustia,tengo ya algunos meses que estoy sintiendome mejor de salud,y empiezo a orar por personas enfermas,nada mas que me sucede,como que mi fe ha flaqueado,es debil,y antes de orar por las personas vienen a mi mente un sinnumero de pensamientos de incredulidad,como estos:QUE PASARA SI NO SANAN,VAS A QUEDAR MUY MAL,MEJOR DEJALO PARA DESPUES,ETC.,esta semana ore por un hermano que sufre de izquizofrenia,y por otro atormentado en las noches ´por demonios,y estos demonios atormentadores en el nombre de Jesus se fueron,creo que me pasa algo de lo que usted dice en su comentario acerca del Don de sanidad…Dios me ayude y me de discernimiento en lo sucesivo y el noimbre de Jesus sea glorificado.Oro por su Ministerio y su familia.!saludos desde Mexico!.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Jose,
      Greetings from Australia!
      I believe this is encouragement from God for you to keep praying keep pressing through and you will see the manifestation of healing. It is a day for your faith to rise up and released in a new way.

  2. T

    I have a DESIRE to help others, to be the vessle used by God, for the mere fact that I know the need & desperation that is in the hearts of those who are sick, in need or heartbroken. I’m not yet fully spiritually matured, I have made mistakes along the way, which has placed doubt on some (even calling me false) & even myself at times, but I know the direction I am heading in; seeking the Gospel Truth & Power of His Spirit & Love & Peace & Compassion of Jesus. Amen. Thank You for this article. Blessings.

  3. Benjamin Kepas

    I am happy to recieve from your end all the prophetic message you can email to me anytime at all, God richly bless your ministry.BKepas

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      That’s great Benjamin, if you have subscribed to Enliven Blog, you should receive our weekly articles. Thanks for joining us, and God bless you too 🙂

  4. Olivia Nelson

    This is an interesting topic that I haven’t really looked into before. I found an article about spiritual surgery that got me curious about the topic. I would be interested to see how someone would find this kind of ability and how that even works.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Olivia, yes I believe the information you refer to is based on New Age philosophy. Enliven Blog is a Christian site and we believe in ministering healing in Jesus’ Name (God’s power, not ours). The Holy Spirit ministers God’s healing to individuals.

      1. Olivia Nelson

        Thanks for replying to my comment! I definitely would love to learn more. I’ll have to look a bit closer into the topic.

  5. Lawanda

    HI, I have often had dreams of oil pouring out of my hands but unfortunately I dont have the support of a leader to ask about it , can you give me some advice it.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Lawanda, I love the dreams! You’ve left the question on my article about healing, so it seems you have already a sense that God is speaking to you about the ministry of healing.
      I encourage you to continue to take opportunities to pray for people for healing and deepen your intimacy with God. Be a part of a local church and have an accountable relationship with Godly leaders around your life. Sometimes it takes a season of waiting and persevering, but He gives us these dreams to pull us forward into our destinies.

  6. Otibhor Oseghale

    Right from when I was a child I dream of what is going to happen in the future and it does happen. I see myself performing healing, deliverance and preaching in my dream from the time I was a little girl. Although I am 34 years old now, none of those gifts have manifested. I feel a heaviness on my hands especially my right hand when I lift it up to pray. Any time I pray for someone to get healed, the enemy attacks me through oppression at night. When this is happening I can’t shout, I can’t move and sometimes I feel a force trying to snuff life out of me. This has been happening too recently, pls I need help. I am on 100 days fast presently. My husband used to be a pastor but now he has backslided, he smokes and drinks alot and keeps late nights. I am the only one interceding for both of us. They oppress me at night and I hear a voice threatening me that I cannot take him out of his present status.
    Pls I need help and encouragement

    1. Diane

      Sleep paralasis What you seem to be describing) is a very scary state to be in when you wake up. I use to experience this alot after I had moved into a certain basement appartment. It took me 10 years to realize it was demonic. When I receive the gift of praying in tongues, I would just pray in my head and repeat the name of Jesus. It would lift right of of me. After praying on two seperate events of being completely frozen, it finally stop manifesting. An elder from our church told me it was a demonic attack. It hasn’t happen in over 6 years. Spiritual warfare is real. Ask the Lord for the gift of tongues to assist you in your prayer life. Ask others to join you in prayer for your husband. Know that you are not alone. Will be praying for you.

  7. Pamela

    Sometimes I feel other people’s deep emotions. This feeling just comes over me and lasts for a few minutes. I don’t understand why it is so random. Gift of the Holy Spirit? Why don’t I have this gift all the time? What is God trying to say to me. Why does God want me to have this gift? How will it help other people. Thank you.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Pamela, the Holy Spirit does give gifts of mercy and discernment in that way, it may be so that you can pray for them or have insight to help in your communication and dealings with them. I encourage you to continue to pray about it and watch how it makes a difference.

  8. Kehinde Aruna

    I really desire the gift of holy spirit and i have been praying about it, but i don’t seem to have any of it. What can i do? also i don’t usually remember my dreams. How can you help me.

  9. Recca

    Hi:), I have been scrolling the net for spiritual gift of healing and I found this website. After reading the signs that you mentioned, I realized in myself that I have a strong desires to heal people, in heart, mind, body and spirit through the name of Jesus Christ. Considering the past events when I first received the gift of tongue, I saw a group that laying hands and praying to a girl, and I just approached to that group and join them praying to her and I begun to speak in tongue, I don’t know what was happening, ther’se just a spirit in me that want to be let go. After praying to her (speaking in tonge) I told her that “she had been healed” in engilsh language. I don’t know what I’m saying, it just came out from my mouth.Does it considered that I have a gift of healing?…

  10. Melissa

    Hello, I am now on a journey into strengthening my relationship with God. I know that he has laid tasks ahead for me but he is mentally & spiritually strengthening me first. He has blessed me with the spiritual gift of healing in my hands as well as other gifts. I trust him. But I am also afraid. I am very sensitive spiritually & I allow fear to hinder me. Please help. I am still young & I don’t have a lot of ppl that can help me understand these gifts better. The church I attend is my mothers church & they don’t speak much on spiritual gifts. But God has placed my mothers friend in my life who also has a gift of prophecy. However, I don’t want to continue to burden her with many questions. I feel an urge to be humble, but also to be excited for the works I will perform in Jesus’ name. I am desperately seeking a balance.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Melissa, you have a beautiful attitude. As you are hungry, you will pursue and find the answers you need. God will give them through the Bible, through your experiences of seeing Him at work, through your friend (check with her – maybe she is open to answering more questions than you think!) and you are welcome to leave questions on the blog here or our Facebook page as well. I usually answer within a few days or a week and happy to help.
      Don’t allow fear to hold you back – God has so much to give to others through you!

  11. Dean

    I have the gift by being baptised by the holly spirit. My hands go tingly then flame up.. My wife had a bad back so with my flamming hands i put my hands on her. Calling on the holy spirit thru jesus christ to enter my body an help me to av flamming hands. When i touch her back and say. Demon of pain away with u in the name of jesus christ. Away with u. U should only follow one god. U have no right to be in this body so be gone now in the name of jesus christ.. My hands get very warm and i keep repeating myself till my hands go cold. And my wife does not suffer no more with back pain. Wow. Only been into the lord for 8 weeks. I answered him at home by giving myself to him and wow.. I now av been going to a gospel church for six weeks. My wife thort ad lost my mind but following me she now believes What an amazing thing.. The closer i get to the lord the more people attack me at work an try to break my spirrit.. And at church pasters come to me an offer friendship and what an amazing time im having making true good friends. It is truly amazing.. Still trying to get my head around it an so is my wife but it is truly amazing. (thank u jesus)

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      That’s wonderful, Dean! Thank you for sharing about Jesus’ work in you and through you!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks so much, Hope! That should have read Acts 4:30 – I have changed it now 🙂

  12. Lynn

    Hi, I truly believe God for healing, as ive experienced his healing in my life many times. A couple of times after prayer ive noticed a burning sensation in my hands, could be left or right but theyll feel really really hot. I recently went to visit someone whos hospitalized and before I left I asked if we can pray together, during the prayer I could feel the Holy Spirit moving in me. However, after the prayer I began to elaborate on the importance of forgiveness and not allowing the enemy to cause us to harbor ill feelings or malice, I then began to speak about psalm 91, I said I do not believe sickness to be the will of God and He says he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High God shall abide under the shadow of thee Almighty…and how no plague shall come nigh our dwelling..and how only with our eyes shall we see the reward of the wicked. Suddenly she began to say her head was hurting, and shed been moaning the entire time I was there but now this moan turned to a really intense moan, and she reached for her daughter who was there also, and who then asked me whether I was preaching to her or witnessing, I assured her my only intent was to visit and encourage. I could feel that my hands had become very very cold, then the woman reached for me and took my hand and told her I am believing God for her complete healing and that I loved her at the same time I felt a deep grief / sorrow, she then said to me that my hands were ice cold with a look of great fear in her face, The daughter asked to see me in the hall and then told me that she believed her mom had become fearful and may have felt like I was scorning her because of the hike in my voice that I truly hadnt noticed. She said what her mom was going through had truly humbled her and shed been very apologetic towards every one whod visited her. I apologized and said it wasnt my intent to instill any fear, and she said not to apologize and that she understood my passion. However I admit I left feeling a bit discouraged, not understanding why my hands were so cold and the look of fear in her face when she felt them, and why her head was hurting. Will you share your thoughts with me. Please feel free to be as blunt as possible. Thank You
    I am not experienced in this area, I just truly believe God for healing.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Lynn, I hear your heart to love people and bring Jesus’ healing to them! Yes, when someone is hurting we do have to step back and make sure that we are being gentle when needed, and acting and speaking naturally in a way that doesn’t make them uncomfortable.
      In Mark 12:37it says of Jesus, ‘The common people heard Him gladly’. When using our gifts of healing or prophecy we need to come across on such a way that people will feel comfortable and respond well to God. So I encourage you to keep persevering, be careful not to get too intense, relax and let Holy Spirit move through you – and He will! God has many people to be touched, blessed and healed through you.

  13. Brenda Stiff

    When the Holy Spirit led me to discovered this site it felt like unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning! I did not know where to begin. Every article resonated in my soul and served as a confirma-tion, from the demonic spirits and others who tormented me as a child, my fears, the desire to live for God above all else, to healing or being hindered and rejected. It all makes perfectly good sense now; wrapped up in one big box awaiting for me to take the ribbon off and enjoy what God has given to me to share with others. I’m free in this thing. I feel like Dora the explora. What a beautiful day!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Brenda, what a joy to receive your note!
      I love the picture of the gift box. May you continue to enjoy the adventure with God – He has so much for you to explore and journey with Him!

  14. Pamela Filardi

    The Holy Spirit is always waiting for you…just ask and you will feel his presence.

  15. João

    I believe I got the healing gift .. I’ve always had some kind of sense, since children that i could heal laying on hands.

  16. Rufus

    Bro praise the Lord ! I studied the signs u hv given above to confirm whether one has the gift of healing .almost 9 of those signs are true for me . But for most of the ppl I hv prayed the healing took place but it was very transient , the healing lasted for a day or two but again the sickness came back n I m very disappointed bout this . I m not sure if the prob is in me or in the person I m praying for ! Can u plz help ??

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Rufus, the manifestation of healing is to build your faith to continue pressing in for the full healing. Best not to focus on a problem (unless Holy Spirit is indicating something specific?)

  17. Hope

    Have you or anyone you know experienced a “burning” or “tingling” sensations in their hands at times? Is this a manifestation of healing or something else? Also for years I’ve experienced this in prayer circles as well while holding hands with someone. Not every single time but frequently. I don’t know what it means and it can be uncomfortable, sometimes traveling up my arm(s) and very strong. I have prayed about it but find no direct answer or what I should do when it happens. It’s so strong that I sometimes wonder if the person whose hand I’m holding feels anything.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Hope, perhaps when it is appropriate you could ask the person you are touching if they are sensing anything. It could be a sign of God’s Presence and can help release your faith in the moment that He is at work.

  18. Charles Kemp

    From what I have noticed, you have to take a test in order to be called a spiritual healer. I am glad that you mentioned that there are signs that you are a healer because you can make sure to hone those skills and make sure that people get healed by you. It can be a huge gift to people that need a little bit of spiritual surgery.

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