Do you feel disillusioned, let down and frustrated with the results you get when trying to pray for the sick. The Bible tells us to pray for the healing of the condition of the sick and those in poor health.
Healing of the sick are taking place throughout the gospels and the book of Acts. There are many allusions to healing in the epistles. With all that said, many of us get disillusioned and feel frustrated because of the lack of results we get.
This is a story about how those results got changed!
Being well educated, he had many books on the subject of God working through our prayers to heal the sick. He knew all the bible verses on the subject of healing. He had several versions of the Bible to support his search for the christian way of healing the sick. But his effort was a failure. Nothing ever happened.
One day he read some of the key verses in the Bible again. He had read this many times before. But this time, read it in a new light.
6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 7 And he arose and departed to his house.
8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
10 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
9 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
The book of Matthew shows us that the authority that was given to Jesus in chapter 9 was passed on to the apostles in chapter 10; by Jesus Himself. In Matthew 28 Jesus say that ALL authority in heaven on earth has been given to Jesus. Matthew 28 sums up that Jesus always will be with us to the end of the ages.
Continuing the story..
The source of the problem became very clear. He recognized that he did not have authority over sickness nor over disease. The spiritual authority was lacking in this area of his Christian experience. He had no problems casting out demons, yet he had no power over sickness and ill health. He prayed more than six months that the sick and ill would go to some other person nearby to seek healing. The very idea of him having such a huge authority over the work of the sickness seemed impossible, to him.
But God is good.
PRAYING FOR THE SICK
This is what we should do
Start small, learn by experience and prayer. Don’t start alone. You may start in a small group of believing friends. Find a time and place to practice what you believe- often and even daily.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders (somebody that has experience in praying for the sick) of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith (commanding prayer) will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.