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"Faith works by love." (Gal. 5:6) But faith also needs a "track" to run on when you are praying for healing. There are at least 15 methods that were recorded in Scripture used to bring healing to those who were suffering. Obviously, all 15 can't be covered in this article, so we will focus on two of them - one for personal healing and one for ministering healing to others.
First is the promise of Proverbs 4:20-22, "My son, listen to my words; bow down your ear to my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to all his flesh." Notice that the Words of God, what we call Scripture, are "health to all his flesh", if the Words are properly applied. This is a powerful promise to every believer and I am continually amazed that so few believers apply this Truth. For those who want to learn more, let's break it down. First, the person must listen; that is really hear with the mind AND heart. This implies that the person actually believes what is being said. Second, "bow down your ear" implies not only a literal bending of the neck, but a bending of the spiritual neck. That is, acknowledging that we don't know it all and there is much to learn about God, His Promises and His Ways. Third, the Words of our God must be always before us as we seek healing. Meditating on God's Word today, but forgetting about it tomorrow will not work properly and, perhaps,not at all. Finally, God Words must be received at the heart level. Paul tells us in Romans 10:9 that being "born again" requires that we "believe in your heart" the Truth about Jesus Christ. The same type of heart faith is required for the healing of our body. Insincere words will not fool the enemy of our soul - and body - and it will certainly not fool God.
The second method of healing can be used for personal healing and praying for others. It is the method that Jesus Himself outlined in Mark 11:22-24: "'Have faith of God. For truly I say to you that whoever shall say to this mountain, 'Be moved and be cast into the sea,' and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he said shall occur, he shall have whatever he said. Therefore I say to you, All things, whatever you ask, praying, believe that you shall receive them, and it will be to you.'" I call this a mini-course in faith and the principles laid down certainly are not limited to physical healing. But this seems to be the best method because it is the one typically used by Jesus and, later, the apostles. The best view of this method is that any problem or situation we face is a "mountain" that we can speak to. Notice we are not to pray about it, but "speak to it." Most people want to tell God all about the problem, and that is acceptable and it gives us a needed emotional release, but when we are ready to "get over it", we need to speak to the problem about our God, rather than talking to God about our problem! That is a mouthful of wisdom for anyone that is facing difficulty. The reason this works is because God has given US authority here on the earth (Luke 10:19 and Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-20). When we are praying for another person to be healed, we need to speak directly to the organ or problem about the healing work of Jesus Christ. For example, if a person has pain in their body, call "pain" by name and tell it to go! This will seem very strange at first, but it gets results. If a person has an ulcer, tell it exactly what you want it to do - that is, to close up and be completely normal. If you think this is silly or can't possibly work, consider what Jesus and the Apostles did. Jesus told a paralytic, ""Arise, take up your bed and walk.'" (Mark 2:11) Later, he told a dead girl, "'Little girl, I say to you, arise."" (Mark 5:41) Peter raise Dorcas from the dead by telling her, "'Tabitha, arise.'" (Acts 9:40)
One of the problems in the church is that we have complicated ministry. It was designed to be simple. When it was kept simple, teenagers and very young adults led what was then the greatest revival of modern times in Wales at the dawn of the twentieth century. As long as simple faith was allowed to be the guide, revival flowed at a humble place we call Asuza Street. Let's keep it simple students!
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