The Prayer for Healing
Psalm 30:2 (NIV) - "LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me."
How many times have people made that prayer? How many times have you called out to God asking for help, and God followed up with a response?
When they called out, He healed them. Anytime you look into the Word of God, and you see people calling out to God, you’ll see God following up with a response which is an answer to what the people were believing and praying for.
It’s exciting to pray and call out to God, and He answers your prayer, but what about when you pray and call out to God and you don’t see the response you’re expecting? Let’s talk about this. If you pray and get the desired response that you’re looking for, it is easy to have faith in God. But when you pray and you don’t see what you’re praying for, what then? Perhaps you change the way you pray. Maybe you pray louder, harder, longer. Maybe you grow weary. Perhaps you just hand it off to God and just wait. What happens when you pray and call out to God and you don’t see the expected results, what do you do?
The reality of life is when you’re standing there and you need God to come through, and you’re not seeing the results and you have to know the next step in order to know what to do, or what not to do.
Are you calling out for healing in your body today? You’ve probably asked and called out to God to heal you. After you’ve made that prayer, what do you do?
I’m going to give you three easy things to keep you on track to see healing manifest in your body.
# 1 - What Am I Doing Wrong?
Every answer for your life can be found in the ministry of Jesus. John the Baptist said to repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The word repent means to think differently. But understand in the mindset of which this was written, when you say, “repent,” that whole concept to the Jew was not just rethinking the way you’re doing things, it literally means, “I’m going this way, which is the wrong way, and I turn 180 degrees and go in the complete opposite direction.” So I don’t only think differently, but my actions change with my thinking.
A good question to ask yourself is, “What’s wrong?” What in your life is wrong? This doesn’t mean that you have sickness because you’ve sinned. No, your sins are already taken care of, but what you must understand is that if I pray to God to heal my tongue from bleeding, and God does so, and five minutes later, I chew on a piece of glass, and it slices my tongue open, and I pray out to God for healing again, I must ask what’s wrong in my life.
The Holy Spirit will be your counselor. Sometimes you have to sit down by yourself and get alone with God and ask Him for counsel. Ask God to search your heart and reveal impurities in your heart. We’re always looking for the big things that may be hindering us, but the Word of God says it’s the small foxes that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15). It could be a couple of little things that could be hindering you from walking out your healing.
When Jesus healed the blind man, He spat in dirt, made a mud paste, rubbed it in his eyes, and then told the man to go find a pool. Jesus made him walk through a process to get to his healing. He had to walk it all the way through. If something is keeping you from walking out your process, maybe you need to pray and ask God what is wrong. Repent so the Lord can give you something in your mind from the Word of God so you can change your life.
James 5:16 (CSB) - "...confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed."
I don’t believe that scripture would be there if you didn’t need it in order to have healing in your life. The Bible will not say do something so you will be healed if there’s other ways to heal you. So confess your sins, get your heart clean. Why? So that you can be healed. There’s something to the fact that you confess, release and acknowledge that you need to change your life, and healing results from that.
#2 - You Have to Believe
We’re not talking about acknowledging it, but you have to believe it for YOU. A lot of people will believe God will heal you, but they can’t believe that it will work for them right now. “Well, God, if it’s your will…” “God, I know that in your timing…” No, there’s no faith in that. It’s like hitting the lottery, and God is not a lottery. He is specific and He is a God of order.
You must understand that God can heal you, He will heal you and it's by His Word that you get healed.
There are many studies that show that when a doctor walks in and gives you a report and says you have three months to live, or two weeks to live, that a high percentage of patients will perish almost to the exact day of their predicted demise. Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) - "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." The minute you receive that report, the clock starts ticking. It’s just like an alarm clock that goes off, and when it does, your spirit departs.
The only one that knows the time of your death and transition is the Lord. Others can make guesstimations and try to time your death, but only God truly knows when that will be. I don’t like other’s opinions trying to decide when my life will end. So if I hear that the Bible says, “Whose report are you going to believe?” (Isaiah 53:1), I don’t want to listen to those evil reports, I want to believe the good report of the Lord.
So how long are we given on earth? One scripture promises 70 years (Psalm 90:10) and another promises 120 (Genesis 6:3), I’m looking for that 120, and if I miss it, the worst I can do is 70, That’s okay. If God calls me earlier than that, I’m not going to fight Him. When God does call me, when my work is finished, I don’t want to retire from serving God on earth.
I have no idea how I will exit this earth, but I know it will be in God’s timing and His plan when I do, and I’m not going to be sabotaged by other voices that change and try to direct my thinking to make my body to begin to obey their thoughts when I’m supposed to cast down those thoughts and take them obedient to Christ. I can’t let a thought kill me because some doctor has an opinion of when I’m going to die! Do you think I’m going to let that get into my understanding and somehow I’m going to let my body line up with that chaotic thinking? I appreciate their professionalism, and can appreciate that traditional medicine will say one thing, but that is not my source. My source is the One who heals.
Exodus 15:26 (NIV) - "...for I am the LORD, who heals you."
The covenant of healing is with God, the Lord your Healer. God can heal you and He does heal you because you are in covenant with God. I understand that this is a reference from the Old Covenant, so here is the promise under the New Covenant: 1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV) - "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost...?"
Do you understand that there used to be a tabernacle in the wilderness that had an outer court, an inner court and the Holy of Holies, and there was a process that a person went through for cleansing – the outer court represents the flesh, and would be cleansed physically. Then you would go into the inner court where the showbread was (the Bread of Life) and the Torah was (the Word of God), and that would get your heart and mind renewed. Then, through the priesthood, you could go into the Holy of Holies once a year to get atonement for sins -- the progression of getting into the heart of God. We see the same process in Solomon’s Temple.
All of this being under the Old Covenant, now we see in 1 Corinthians 3 that WE are the temple of God. We have an outer court, where we have to obey the Word of God to keep it cleansed. The outer court is just as important as the inner court – it houses the Spirit of God. Then we have the inner court – the mind, will, intellect and emotions. You have to keep the Word and the Bread of Life in there to continue the renewing process. God says that He will write it on your mind and in your heart. It is a download from Heaven – it’s in you right now.
God now lives in you! The Spirit of God now dwells in you – the Holy of Holies, the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:38 (KJV) - "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about healing all that were oppressed of the devil..."
God anointed Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “I must go so someone greater than me can come to you. I am with you, but the one that comes will be in you.” Instead of having Emmanuel, God with us, we are going to have God in us. The Old Covenant went to the New Covenant and the New Covenant is in you; therefore, the Spirit of God lives in you.
We must wrap our head around this concept because we are always asking God to come and heal us, and we expect Him to come from His existence in Heaven and touch us. But God clearly says that you are His temple; you house His presence every day. The presence of God is already in you. When you call out to God, all you’re doing is notifying the Holy Spirit (that is already inside of you) of a need.
When we say, “God can heal you,” we know that He is Jehovah Rapha, and that covenant isn’t an Old Testament but a New Testament – not God coming to us, but God being in us. So the God that heals you is in you.
So, when someone asks, “Is it God’s will to heal me?” know that it is His will – why would it not be His will? Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will (God’s will) be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10 (KJV) Do we have to wait until we get to Heaven to be healed? No, according to this scripture. Some people say that we will get our healing when we get to Heaven. God said that His will will be done in the earthly realm – this is how Jesus told us to pray on earth, the same way it is done in Heaven. Is there any sickness in Heaven? So why should there be any sickness here?
Our body is His temple, so do you think God wants sickness in His temple? So Jesus taught us to pray that God’s will be done here on earth. Is it God’s will that you be healed? Of course!
You must understand this. James 1:8 (KJV) - "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." If you’re on the fence about whether God will heal you, then you’re doubting and God says that you’re unstable.
We can understand God’s will for healing in our bodies, but we don’t walk around and deny the reality that is there.
I can be in my backyard, and the neighbor’s dog can come into my yard, threatening to bite me. How foolish would it be if I said, “That dog isn’t there, nope! He’s not there. There is no dog here”. Yes, there is and it’s about to bite you!
You don’t have to claim the sickness, but you can acknowledge that it’s there, and refuse its right to stay there. I don’t even need to know how it got there, but let’s just fix it. When sickness comes to your body, it’s your temple – you run it off! God has put you at the gate of your own temple. You speak to your body and tell it to line up. That disease can NOT stay there because it has no legal right to exist.
God can heal you, and does heal you, and God’s Word is how He does it.
#3 - Keep Your Healing. You Have to Walk in it Daily.
Proverbs 40:20-22 (KJV) - "...attend to my words; incline thine ear to my sayings, Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those who find them, and health to all their flesh."
Where does faith come from? It comes from hearing. Incline your ears to what God is saying and build up your faith. When you hear the Word, the Holy Spirit is already in you, the Healer is in you; when you hear the Word, it enters into your ear gates, healing is already in you the moment you hear the Word.
What does (Scripture) say health is? Health is the Word. What produces the health to all the flesh, and where do we have to keep it in order to do that?
Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) - "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it flow the issues of life."
The issues are in your heart, and that is the most central part of your being (cardia and nephesh) and must be continually enlightened by the Word because there is always doubt coming in. There are always people speaking “words” but not The Word. Those words will produce bad seed in your garden, so you have to continually attend to those words, and God said that they are health to your flesh.
Take the seeds of the Word (Mark 4), those seeds produce health.
God is Still in the Healing Business
So, can God heal you? Yes. Will God heal you? Of course, because Jesus told us to pray God’s will in our lives. We actually have an obligation because we are not our own, we are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) – we don’t even get to make a decision. We are supposed to automatically be praying for health and healing in our bodies. That’s your temple; it’s your responsibility.
Psalm 103:2-4 (KJV) - "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; and healeth all thy diseases."
Who wants to forget the benefits of God? People will get sick and run to bottles, pills and potions.
Psalm 147:3 (NKJV) - "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
There are people here now who are brokenhearted. You may have it bandaged up and think you’re okay, but you’re only okay until someone comes along and pokes that wound. If you don’t realize you’re operating out of your woundedness, then you will always be the victim.
He heals the brokenhearted. You can’t fix it with drugs, alcohol, sex, buying stuff.
Psalm 107:19-20 (KJV) - "...they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions."
He calls us to repent, and when we do, His Word will heal and deliver us.