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The more I look at healing, the more I realise how much of a mystery it is. There is so much that I don’t understand; why some healing happens instantly and other healing takes many times of praying; why some aren’t healed. Smith Wigglesworth wrote, ‘He who can explain divine healing can explain God.’ I’m not about to attempt to explain God in this article, but I do want to briefly take some time out to identify some of the principles I believe we’ve learnt over the past year as we’ve obediently prayed for the sick at the King’s Arms.
1) Not everyone is healed immediately: In January of this year I had to have quite a major operation to remove a large cyst from one of my ovaries. The hospital discovered the cyst early in December and as more tests were done I found out that I was at risk of this cyst being cancerous. I also learned that I had to consent to the surgeons giving me a hysterectomy if they deemed it necessary once they’d assessed the full extent of the problem during surgery. The whole experience was incredibly traumatic yet I knew that this was a great opportunity to seek God for a miracle and so I prayed consistently, as did many others, that God would miraculously remove the cyst without the need for surgery. What a story that would be! What an impact that would have on my unbelieving friends and family. ‘Please break in Lord; I know this is easy for You, think about the witnessing opportunities!’ Yet, I wasn’t healed on the spot. I had to go through surgery, wait two weeks to see whether or not I had cancer and spend 3 months recovering. It was one of the toughest times I’ve been through. Amazingly everything turned out clear in the end and I am still able to have children – God was clearly involved in the whole process and the outcome and for that I’m incredibly grateful.
When people believe God for a breakthrough and they don’t get healed, it’s really tough. And yet, despite all the mystery, I honestly believe that the more we pray for the sick, the more we’re obedient, the more breakthrough we will see.
2) Everyone can pray for healing: Praying for healing isn’t restricted to a select group of people who seem to have the faith or anointing for it. It’s something that everyone can get involved in – actually we’re all instructed to make it a part of our every day life. We’re called to be like Jesus and He prayed for the sick all the time. Kids can pray for healing. A few months ago Jess Fordham prayed for Poppy’s toe when they were in King’s Kids and she was healed. There have been times when the young people in Innovation have prayed for each other for healing and they’ve seen breakthrough. Us adults can pray for healing. I even once had an unbeliever pray for me for healing and the pain I was feeling went! Everyone can pray for healing. No-one is excluded in this. Make praying for healing a normal part of your everyday life.
3) Power of Thanksgiving: I remember leaving church one Sunday morning when God had given me specific words of knowledge for healing. We’d prayed for the people who’d responded and nothing seemed to happen. I told Simon that I didn’t get why that happened and could he please explain it to me? He said he couldn’t, but he did give me some really good advice – ‘Thank God for what He is doing, rather than focussing on what He’s not doing.’ God had just given me some very accurate Words of Knowledge that people had responded to – how amazing is that! I almost missed an opportunity to thank God because I was focussing on what He hadn’t done. We have so much to thank God for and when we practise thanksgiving, it lifts our attention away from ourselves and towards the one who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine! There is power in thanking God for the healing breakthrough’s we see.
4) Power of Remembering – God has promised us incredible things as a church. Julian Adams prophesied over us in November. This is part of what he said: God is going to infuse in the work of your church an anointing for the miraculous, an anointing for the miraculous. If you spend any amount of time in the gospels and Acts you see promise after promise that those who follow Jesus will see incredible signs and wonders. John 14 v12 is just one example. Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…’ (John 14 v12) We need to remind God of His promises to us. ‘God you said that as a church we would have an anointing for the miraculous, you said that anyone who believes in Jesus will do the work that He did and even greater things! Would you bring greater breakthrough as we pray for healing’. There is great power in remembering what God has already done and what He has promised is yet to come.
5) Power of Expectation - The Bible tells us that the Kingdom of God, the rule and reign of God is here on the earth and that it’s forcefully advancing. Matthew 11 v12 says, ‘from the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.’ Whenever someone is healed or saved or delivered from spiritual oppression, these are all signs of the Kingdom of God breaking out. The Bible also tells us to cry out to God for His Kingdom to come in even greater intensity. God wants more and more of His Kingdom here on the earth and if God wants it He will get it! As we gather together in whatever setting that might be, we should expect signs of God’s Kingdom. There is power in coming together with expectation. And because God is a loving Father we can be sure that He won’t promise us stuff and then not deliver.
Where are you at on your journey of praying for healing? What can you take away from this article in order to grow more in praying for the sick?