10 Ways God Uses To Bring Healing To People
Knowing all this, there are still questions and controversy that swirl around ministries of healing. Questions often asked include:
1) Does God heal everyone?
2) Why are some people not healed?
3) Whose faith is necessary for healing: the sick person’s, the minister’s, both?
I confess I don’t know all the answers. But I have searched the Scriptures so that I can know how God’s healing power can be revealed.
In doing so, I’ve found 10 ways the church can release God’s healing power:
Through the Gift of Healing
One of the 9 gifts of the Spirit talked about in 1 Corinthians 12 is gifts of healings. This is a gift of grace that is given to the church. It comes as the Spirit wills.
Many times healing comes because of God’s favor and unfailing love towards us. It is not earned or worked for. It just is an outpouring of His grace. It is not just given to a few select individuals, but is given as the Spirit wills, so anyone can be given this gift at any time.
This is one of the frustrations I have with many Christians. They do not come to church when they are sick. They do not ask to be prayed for.
The Bible says that you do not have because you do not ask.
How ridiculous is it to basically say “I can’t come to that healing meeting. I am sick”? When the church comes together in a corporate worship service, Jesus is there. What better time to ask Jesus to heal you?
So the next time you go to church, ask for healing.
Through the Laying on of Hands
In Marks gospel chapter 16 Jesus said these words.
17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”
One of the most common ways that people receive divine healing is when somebody lays hands on them and prays for them. The power of God that resides in us because the Holy Spirit resides in us, flows out of the hands that are being laid on the sick person and they get well.
One of the reasons that I teach about divine healing and lay hands on sick people is because of this verse. It is part of the great commision.
In this we have a choice. We can ignore divine healing and not pray for people to be healed or we can extend ourselves like Jesus did and ask for divine healing.
If we don’t, then we will not see any miraculous healings. If we do, then at least we will see some miraculous healings.
I prefer to see some, rather than none.
Secondly, when people receive healing, they are a much greater witness to their friends and family concerning the goodness of God and His reality on this earth.
Calling for the Elders to Anoint You with Oil
This method is one of the methods that I rarely see used today. It is not that people do not anoint with oil. They do sometimes in their churches.
What I don’t see is people actually calling for the Elders to come and do so.
I don’t know how many times I have had people get angry because I am not a mind reader and did not come to pray for them at home when they didn’t bother to call.
It is important for you to call for your Elders of your church. By doing so, you are acknowledging both your own need for somebody else, and you are acknowledging their authority to pray for healing.
Stubborn pridefulness will keep you from receiving your healing. So ask for your elders to come and pray for you. It is biblical.
Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.
Through Taking Authority Over The Sickness
1 One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases.
Jesus has given us authority to cast out demons and heal all diseases. The way we take authority over sickness is the way that a government uses its authority. They demand compliance to their decree.
I know it may sound weird, but start speaking to the sickness that is bothering you and command it to leave in Jesus name.
There has been more than one occasion that when I start to feel sickness come upon me, that I have taken authority over that sickness and told it to pack its bags because it was not welcome in my dwelling.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
Through the Prayer of Agreement
Another way that you can receive divine healing is to get together with another Christian and ask them to pray the prayer of agreement with you.
19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
Here is a very powerful promise of Jesus. He said that if you will find somebody else to agree with you about anything, which includes divine healing, then it will be done for you.
There is also the promise of Jesus showing up when you gather together to do this. So right there, you have Jesus the great physician, who healed everyone who asked Him to be healed, in your presence. You can ask Him for healing right there.