We’re in a 4 part series on the tangible presence of God, looking at different ways we can especially encounter Him. We’ve already looked at the presence of God in worship and through prophecy, and today we’re looking at how we can meet with God when we minister healing.
The principle of healing the sick is one that runs throughout the New Testament:
- “When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases’.” (Matthew 8:16-17) Matthew clearly ties Jesus’ ability to heal the sick to what He achieved on the cross, and the authority that He took back there. Thus healing is one of the benefits of Jesus’ victory over sin, evil, and death (since arguably sickness is just a less powerful sibling of death).
- “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” (Luke 10:8-9)
- “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8) These are Jesus’ standing orders to His disciples through all generations – proclaim the Gospel, heal the sick, drive out demons. It takes quite the illogical leap to see us as now only needing to take one of those three tasks seriously!
- The Early Church certainly followed through on this. Acts 4:29-31 ‘Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
Our prime measure of success when we seek to minister healing is that the individual will encounter afresh the Father’s love for them.
Of course, we DEFINITELY want to see healing – whether the need is physical, mental, or emotional. But the actual healing is not in our personal gift, while treating someone with great love, compassion, and kindness very much is. By the words we choose, the tone we take, the way in which we touch (or don’t touch), we can help the individual feel sincerely loved, valued, and cared for.
We believe that, as disciples of Jesus, it should be normative that when someone is sick, we minister healing.
Like any gift of the Spirit, we can develop best practices and become more effective at using that gift (the same would be true, for instance, for the gifts of teaching or of leadership). In this video, we also outline a 5 Step Process that works as a helpful template when seeking to heal the sick.
5 Step process when praying for healing:
1. LISTEN – Identify the real issue
2. DISCERN – “How should I pray?”
3. PRAY – Share the Father’s heart
4. REVIEW – “What’s going on?”
5. CLARIFY – How to move forward
While healing is a rich area to study and dig into, ultimately you can minister healing in the simplest of ways – “In Jesus’ name, be healed!” So allow this video to encourage and better equip you to step into this wonderful ministry.
Once you’ve watched the video, please feel free to share with others – and let us know below what questions or insights you have!
NEXT STEPS: Healing the Sick Course
We’ve filmed and put together a 4 week video series on Healing the Sick. This resource will be ideal for your group study – whether online or in physical groups! It would also work for a 4 week Sunday teaching series
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