Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
C Write the Healing Promise from memory.
C Discuss preliminary preparations for the healing ministry.
C Summarize guidelines for ministering healing.
HEALING PROMISE TO CLAIM:
And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers; raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have
received, freely give. (Matthew 10:7-8)
In this lesson, the battle for the body intensifies as you learn how to minister healing. In Chapter Eighteen you will learn how to minister deliverance.
There are some important preparations before you begin to minister healing. These
include preparing yourself as the channel of God’s healing power and the person to whom you are to minister healing.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God about healing. To increase your own faith,
study everything in the Bible on healing. Read the New Testament through with a new attitude . Whatever Jesus told His followers to do , you begin to do . Whatever He said He would do , expect Him to do it.
If He said you can heal the sick through His power , then expect to see them healed . If He said to cast out demons, then do it in His name and expect them to obey you . Disregard all the teaching of man and personal experiences you have ever had. Accept that the New Testament means exactly what it says. Accept it as true and act accordingly. You are an ambassador for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20 ). An ambassador never doubts that the country
he represents will back up its Word .
Fast and pray before you minister. See the example of Paul in Acts 28:8. Since power and authority to heal come from God, it is well to be in touch! Some demonic afflictions will be healed only by prayer and fasting. Isaiah 58 teaches that God honors a fast which focuses on ministering to the needs of others.
Begin to minister to the sick even though you do not understand everything about divine healing, just as you started to witness after being saved although in reality you had a lot to learn about the Christian life. Begin to minister on the basis of what you know about
healing . As you walk in the light you have been given , you will receive more light.
Adopt the attitude that there are no hopeless situations. There are only people who have
become hopeless about them .
PRELIMINARY PREPARATION IN OTHERS:
If you encourage the sick to be prayed for without proper instruction, it is like encouraging the unsaved to accept Jesus as Savior without knowing who He is, recognizing their sin, and their need for salvation.
Sometimes, God heals without such instruction. But remember: In ministering healing, you want to use every channel prescribed by God’s Word to see the work done. Faith is one channel for God’s healing power and it comes by hearing God’s Word, so instruction is important. Jesus combined preaching and teaching with healing and instructed His
followers to do so also.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God about healing. Preach it based on what God
says, not on tradition or experience. Faith is not built by giving testimonies alone.
Testimonies verify the Word and may encourage faith, but the Bible states faith comes by hearing God’s Word. (Even though a deaf person cannot hear a sermon in the natural, the deaf spirit can hear it . ) People need to know what God’s Word says about the source of healing, the source and causes of sickness, promises of healing, and Biblical guidelines for receiving and maintaining health.
In a healing service for believers, fasting and prayer by the sick can be helpful. This is
not required for healing , but remember –we want to use every Biblical channel available. God stresses our asking and Isaiah 58:6-8 stresses the importance of fasting and prayer as related to health .
THE TIME OF MINISTRY
Here are some suggestions for the time of ministry to the sick . Remember that these are just general guidelines. You must always be open to different directions from the Holy
Spirit. Also, some of these suggestions are applicable only to individual ministry, while others may be used for ministering to large groups:
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT OF FAITH:
Create an environment of faith. You already started to do this when you ministered the Word on healing. But you may also need to take additional steps to create an
environment of faith. Surround the sick with people of faith and confidence. Let them hear testimonies of those who have been healed. Remember that unbelief hindered even the ministry of Jesus in Nazareth.
An atmosphere of faith is one of worship and praise. We enter God’s presence (where
there is healing ) through worship and praise. Healing can come through worship and
praise, even without a healing prayer , because God inhabits the praises of His people.
When we praise, He is present to heal. Bring people to a point of decision regarding their healing, just as you do regarding salvation. Remember how Jesus asked the lame man, "Wilt thou be made whole?" (John 5 :6).
Ask the person to demonstrate their desire for healing. In a crowd you might ask them to stand , come to the front, raise their hand, or place their hand on the affected part of their body. This helps them show their desire to be healed. It is an act of faith for them, while it also helps you identify those who need ministry.
PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT:
Pray for wisdom and discernment before you begin to minister healing. Share any divine wisdom He gives you. God may reveal to you:
A Word Of Knowledge: A word of knowledge provides specific facts about a person or condition so you will know how to pray. A word of knowledge can include a deep sense of knowing or an impression in your spirit,
thoughts, words, or feelings. The Word of knowledge may reveal what the sickness is or why the person has the condition.
A Scripture Verse: God may give you a "Rhema" (specific) Word of God for that situation , sickness , person , or group .
A Vision: These are pictures in the mind’s eye pertaining to the one to whom you are ministering.
Words Of Faith: These are special words of encouragement and faith specifically for that individual.
A Special Anointing: A sudden infusion of power, perhaps felt as a tingling, heat, or supernatural confidence. Sometimes a special anointing comes, and if it does , flow with it . But do not wait for a special anointing to pray for the sick . Follow the instructions of Jesus whether you feel it or not.
A Special Act Of Faith: Sometimes God will lead you to tell the person to perform a special act of faith which will result in healing.
CONDUCT AN INTERVIEW: (Optional)
If you are dealing individually with a person , you may want to conduct a brief interview . God may give you specific words of wisdom about an illness and you will not need to do this. But if God does not supernaturally reveal the illness to you, do not hesitate to use
the interview .
An interview is not required to minister healing, but it helps you gain information so you
can pray specifically. It also helps you determine if a person needs further instruction
before you pray. Jesus used the interview. He asked people what they wanted, inquired
concerning their faith , and dealt with negative forces of unbelief before ministering to
Ask the person, "What is the problem?" Jesus asked a similar question to many who
came to him for healing. Verbalizing the request for prayer is important for the sick. The sick are told to call for the elders to come minister healing. When the Bible gives a
directive , it is for a reason . Asking is an act of faith that sets in motion the healing
processes (James 5:14 -15).
(The exception to this, of course, is when a person cannot make a request. For example, the dead child Jesus raised. But even then, her parents requested Him to minister
Ask for a specific statement. If a request is too general, you will not know what to pray for and the affected person may not recognize healing when it comes. You need only brief facts: "I have cancer of the stomach ." You do not need a complete medical history. Do not try to analyze the information you are given. Your function is to pray, not provide advice. Some unique cases may require privacy and more time for counseling with a
trained counselor. Have counselors available for this purpose.
Ask the person who is to be prayed for, "Do you believe Jesus can heal?" If they answer positively , then ask, "Do you believe Jesus will do it now?” If the answer is "no" to either of these questions, further instruction from God’s Word is needed.
When you are ministering to a large crowd , you will not be able to talk to each person .
God may reveal specific illnesses of people in the audience or may lead you to pray mass prayers for certain illnesses , such as deafness, blindness, etc. Sometimes you may feel led to pray a general healing prayer or to have believers in the audience minister
individually to those who are sick.
It is best to teach other believers how to minister rather than doing all the ministering
yourself . The commission of Jesus was that these signs would follow THEM that believe. The work of the ministry was to be done by the whole Body, not just one or two lone
DETERMINE THE PROBLEM:
Use the information from the interview and the wisdom God gives you to determine if the problem is in the:
Spiritual Realm: These are problems related to sin and they require a ministry of spiritual healing (salvation , repentance and forgiveness of sin).
If there is a relationship between sin and sickness (and we have seen there is), then there is a relationship between forgiveness and healing. Many are healed physically when they ask forgiveness for sin.
Do not be too quick to attribute sickness to sin. Remember that all sickness is not the
result of individual sin. If there is sin , it is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to make it known since one of His purposes is to convict and correct.
Physical Realm: This is bodily sickness, injury, or disease. Pray for physical healing.
Emotional Realm: These include problems like anxiety, fear, anger, bitterness,
resentment, guilt, doubt, failure, jealousy, selfishness, confusion , frustration,
unforgiveness, and emotional effects of past problems. These people need healing in the emotional realm. This is often called "inner healing," but the term has been abused by
some people. It is not necessary to go back to rehearse all the facts and experience the
original emotions. It is not necessary to spend weeks, months, or years to recover from such traumas. If you do this, you are trying to heal the old person instead of helping them become a new creation in Christ.
Problems in the emotional realm are often related to the social realm of a person’s life. They affect and result from family and social relationships. Healing comes through identifying the problem , asking forgiveness, and forgiving the other parties involved.
The greatest barrier to emotional healing is usually forgiveness, so emotional healing includes the healing of social relationships. We are called to be ministers of
reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:18-21). People need to be reconciled both with God and man, and this is where emotional, mental, or inner healing comes. All are similar titles for the same type of healing.
Emotional conditions can be identified by asking the following questions:
-Are there specific memories that still cause great pain when you think about them? If so, you need healing from these harmful emotions.
-Do you hold prejudices you have not been able to release? These may be rooted in emotional hurts.
-Do you have intense fear about certain things? Emotional healing will bring release from such fears.
-Do you have areas of great inability? Do you have a low self image and
feel like a failure? This may have resulted from emotional hurts of the past.
-Do you have inordinate attraction or repulsion to certain things or people? Past experiences are usually the cause of such abnormal reactions.
You may need to teach the person about forgiveness. Forgiveness is not:
-Justifying someone else’s wrongs which they have done to you. (For example, saying, "They were under a lot of pressure.”)
-Denying you were hurt in the first place.
-Accepting with resignation what was done to you.
True forgiveness comes by:
(1) Recognizing what was done to you was wrong, the result of sinful men in a sinful
world. It is not necessary to go back and relive the event mentally, but neither can you deal with it by denying it. Acknowledge what happened and how it affected you.
(2) Confessing the hurt to God and asking Him to heal you of the harmful emotions. You may not ever forget the fact of the incident but what you are in need of is healing for the wrong emotions relating to it.
(3) Asking God to help you forgive others involved, then forgiving them even as Christ
forgives you. Recognize that God extends forgiveness to you as you forgive others:
"Forgive us our trespasses AS we forgive those who trespass against us." The person may also need to forgive themselves (guilt over their own wrongdoing) and will definitely
need to pray for emotional healing. Here is how to forgive yourself:
-Acknowledge the sin causing guilt and sinful emotions, confess it to God, and repent. Ask Him to forgive your sin and heal your emotions.
-Recognize when God forgives, He forgets (He casts our sins as far as east from west).
-Claim I John 1:8-9 and Romans 8:1.
-By an act of your own will, release yourself from condemnation. Control future thought patterns by casting down "vain imaginations" and "forgetting those things behind."
Mental Realm: These are problems stemming from negative thinking, attacks of Satan on the mind , mental retardation , etc. Pray for healing.
Demonic Realm: These are conditions resulting from direct demonic activity such as demon possession. You will learn how to deal with these in the next lesson on
ministering deliverance. Always remember that problems in one realm affect the whole person . As you minister, deal with the whole man as Jesus did, not just the sickness. Man is body , soul, spirit. Wholeness implies dealing with all of these.
PRAY THE HEALING PRAYER:
After you determine the condition, you will normally pray the healing prayer. But
sometimes, do not be surprised if the Lord directs you not to pray or to delay prayer. For
example, through an interview you may discover the person does not want healing
because they will lose a disability pension. (This actually happened in one healing
The Lord may also direct you to delay the prayer for physical healing until further
instruction is given or the person deals with a sin problem. When you do pray, pray a
prayer of faith which focuses on the specific problem. Remember that you do not have to persuade God to heal by the length or loudness of your prayer. Just as salvation is already available, the same is true of healing. Just as salvation is based on the condition of faith, so is healing . God wants to heal, just as He wants to save.
Although the power of God is sometimes present in a special way for healing (Luke 5:17), you can still pray for healing without a special anointing because Jesus commanded you
to do it just as He told you to spread the Gospel.
The key to answered prayer is praying according to God’s will. Do not pray "If it is God’s will." Jesus never prayed "heal if it is your will." Pray a positive prayer for God’s "will to be done as it is in Heaven" or "according to Thy will." This still acknowledges the
sovereignty of God.
When possible, use other believers to minister with you. There is multiplication of
spiritual power when more people are praying (see Matthew 18:19). "Body ministry" also discourages individuals who experience success in healing gifts and those who receive healing from giving glory to self or man. Each member of the Body of Christ has at least one spiritual gift. The most effective ministry is when . . .
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in it’s various forms.
(I Peter 4:10, New International Version)
Your healing prayer may be one of:
-Petition : Mark 7:32-35
-Command: Luke 4:38-39; Mark 7:32-35; John 5:8; Acts 3:6; 9:40
-Intercession : Exodus 32
-Rebuke And Casting Out: Mark 9 :25 .
Your prayer may also involve instructions to do specific acts, as the Lord directs (see John 9:1-7 ). (Note : Never tell people to stop taking medication. Let God lead them in this area .) Always pray in the name of Jesus. Also, remember that it is not lack of faith to pray more than once. (Review what Jesus taught about persevering prayer .)
PRAISE GOD FOR THE ANSWER:
Follow prayer with praise to God for healing. Remember that in the case of the ten lepers whom Jesus ministered to, all were healed but only the one who returned to praise was made whole. Praise God by faith and not by sight. You have done what God’s Word said to do. Believe He has done what He said He would do. Thank Him for it. Jesus thanked God for hearing His prayer before Lazarus ever came out from the tomb.