on Praying for Others
ago, a woman Iíll call "Karen" came to our
healing meeting with a 15-year history of intense back pain.
One of our intercessors asked if she believed sheíd be
healed. "Yes, thatís why Iím here," she said,
and clearly she meant it. Prayers were offered; Karenís
healing was immediate. Her back pain has been gone
completely for the last twenty years.
Karenís case highlights the primary message of this
ministry, that healing by faith is simpleóa matter
of (a) knowing whatís ours under the New Covenant,
(b) feeding our faith with Godís Word and
Word-based teaching, and (c) relying on the Holy
Spirit as we speak the Lordís power to the problem,
thanking Him for the blessing and standing firm as long as
When weíre praying this way for Christian relatives,
friends, or even strangers like Karen who understand the
"basics," complications are rare. Simple prayers
of faith (Mark 11:24) or prayers of agreement (Matthew
18:19) will do the job.
for a last-ditch breakthrough
But when weíre praying for sick people whoíve tried
everything but healing by faith and are hoping for a
last-ditch breakthrough, complications will arise. These
folks may not have a clue whatís in the Word, and may even
resist learning it. They may be unwilling to confess their
sins, or even to admit that there are any. They may be
wildly all over the map in trying to focus their faith,
believing for healing on Monday, doubting it on Tuesday.
They may think they donít
deserve to be healed. They may be dragging around
generational curses that have to be bound up and trashed
before Godís power can flow freely. They may want the
intercessor to do all the work for themóplanting the Word,
binding and casting out the enemy, standing for the healing
until itís complete.
all-knowing Holy Spirit will tell us
So whatís the solution? Fortunately, itís simple. The
all-knowing Holy Spirit will tell us how to pray in
as he does when weíre praying for ourselves. The process
may take longer, but if we stick with it the result will be
Romans 8:26 (KJV) is our text: "The Holy Spirit
helpeth our infirmities, for we do not know what to pray for
as we ought, but the Spirit Itself makes intercession for
us. . ." according to the will of God. In cases when we
donít know what, or how, or how long to pray, we turn to
the Spirit Who understands such things perfectly.
sure you're filled with the Spirit
When youíre getting ready to pray over a challenging
situation, be sure youíre filled with the Spirit, Godís
power source. If you arenít filled to overflowing, ask
Jesus for more. Then listen to the Spirit, do as He tells
you, and donít do more or less. Typically His instructions
will be detailed: how to cope with the enemyís lies, what
counsel to give your "patient," what prayers need
to be prayed, and so on.
Each directive may come as a non-verbal
impression, a word of knowledge, or possibly a vision. In
any case the intercessorís part is simply to get quiet,
to listen, and to obey.
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
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