Does God still heal?
Can I pray for the sick?
Why do some people not get healed?
Where does sickness come from?
These are the questions we are looking at during the current sermon series at EFC, Healing: The Children’s Bread.
Once you have an encounter with the amazing power of God and experience healing first-hand, you usually don’t have a problem answering the first question. However, many people stumble on the second one. Is praying for the sick only appropriate for a few, select people? Maybe just the pastors? Possibly just the really special people who haven’t taken an aspirin in ten years?
I’d like to encourage you today, my friend, with the truth that Jesus not only invited YOU to pray for the sick, He fully expected you to do it! The Great Commission is an invitation for us to do what He himself had already done—heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, and raise the dead.
Whew! Sounds kinda intimidating, doesn’t it? How about this—follow Jesus, do what He asks you to do, when He asks you to do it, learn from your mistakes, and try again. Can you handle that?
If you need some help getting started, here’s a few pointers:
- Find someone sick to pray for (shouldn’t be too hard!)
- Find out what the problem is.
- Put your hand on them and pray for their healing. Pray outloud.
- Stop and ask them if they feel God doing anything in their bodies.
- If they feel something, thank God for what He’s doing and ask for more. If they don’t, pray again.
- If you’ve prayed for awhile and do not sense anything happening, pause and ask God if there are any other directions you need to follow. Obey what He says.
- Repeat until breakthrough comes.