MGHM Healing Brief, 2/14

More on Praying for Others

Some time 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 necessary.

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.

Hoping 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.

The 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 difficult casesójust as he does when weíre praying for ourselves. The process may take longer, but if we stick with it the result will be the same.

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.

Be 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.

                                                                                     óMary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first 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 wayóspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedóthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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