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.


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

Signs You May Have a Prophetic Gift


© Helen Calder  Enliven Ministries

A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

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


Do you have any questions or testimonies about giving or receiving prayer for healing and other needs? Share it with us in the comments section of this article. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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