Understanding How To Pray For The Sick And See Them Recover
In this passage we see Jesus leaving the place where He went to get some rest. As He was leaving they brought to him a deaf and mute person.
We will see from this passage that there is no “Formula” for effective prayer for the sick. There are only ingredients.
The difference is like this. With a formula you say and do the same things regardless of circumstances or the person you are praying for.
With ingredients, it is like you are baking a cake. Most cakes have certain ingredients in them that are common to all, but not all cakes have the exact same ingredients.
The same is true if you want to learn how to pray for the healing of others. You will find some common ingredients but each time you pray for someone it will be different and there will be new ingredients that are thrown into the healing mix.
I am going to try to show you just a few of the ingredients and give you some principles so when you come across a sick person, you can follow the Lord and pray for people just as He did.
What To Look For In Miracle Healing Prayer
Look for expectation
The first ingredient that we see in this passage is that somebody had expectation.
They brought this man to Jesus. It does not say who “they” were so it could have been the disciples, or it could have been someone in the crowd, but they expected that Jesus could do something.
When learning how to pray healing prayer for the sick you need to look for expectation.
Does the sick person or persons associated with them expect God to actually do something?
You see expectation is a normal part of a relationship. When you go to your mechanic you expect him to be able to fix your car.
When you go to your grocer, you expect him to have the food you need to feed your family.
Expecting God to do something is just the same way. Ephesians 3:20 says that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.
Try to remember this when you are praying for the sick. He is more than able.
Understand each healing is personal and different
The second ingredient we see is that every healing is personal.
Notice that Jesus took the man aside and away from the crowd. He ministered to him personally.
This is why a formula doesn’t work. Formula’s do not take into consideration the needs of the individual.
So when you are learning how to pray for the sick, make sure you center in on individual needs. It is not about a show or receiving some type of recognition yourself, it is about bringing that individual in contact with the one who has the supply they desperately need.
Remember that when you are praying for the individual to look to see what God is already doing. Jesus said that he only did what He saw the Father doing. John 5:19
Many times you will notice them crying or being moved in an emotional way, or other times you will see the effects of the Spirit of God on their physical body. They will be trembling or swaying and having a hard time standing.
Whatever it is, and it varies as much as any relationship does, pay attention to what the Father is doing through the Holy Spirit first.
Jesus took the man aside so he could concentrate on what the Father was doing.
Expect to be taken out of your comfort zone
Do not be surprised if you are asked to do something that stretches you spiritually.
Notice here that Jesus actually ends up doing something kind of strange. He sticks His fingers in the man’s ears and then spits and puts his fingers in the man’s mouth.
Now I have not seen to many faith preachers and healing evangelists taking on this formula for healing have you?
Sometimes you will be asked to do something that stretches your obedience level. When we are obedient to the voice of our Heavenly Father, power is released.
Jesus obviously was obedient to what God was telling him to do.
Now having said that, I am not advocating that everyone go around trying to find some way to be weird for the Lord. I am just saying do not be surprised if you are taken out of your comfort zone.