it never occurred to Jesus that a “prayer huddle” might be
necessary to get sick people healed. On the contrary, His way was to
command healing, with words such as “Stretch forth
your hand,” or “Rise, take up your mat and walk.”
enough, from time to time He prepared for healing by casting out
evil spirits, forgiving sins, or applying His own spittle to a blind
He never pleaded with God to heal anybody. Typically, He just issued
a healing command, “and it was so.”
Scripture after Scripture, Jesus heals the sick simply by
ordering the intended result:
an unclean spirit:
“Hush up and come out of him,” after which the oppressed man was
healed (Mark 1:25; see also Mark 5:8 and 9:25).
“I am willing: be made clean” (Mark 1:41b).
“. . . son, your sins are forgiven you” (Mark 2:5b), and then,
“. . . Rise, take up your mat and walk” (Mark 2:9b).
a man with a withered hand:
“Stretch forth your hand. . .” (Mark 3:5b).
a woman with an issue of blood:
“Daughter, your faith in Me has restored you to health. Go in
peace [shalom, wholeness] and be continually healed” (Mark
a dead child:
“Little girl, I say to you, arise [from the sleep of death]”
a deaf man’s ears:
“. . . be opened!” after which “his tongue was loosed and he
began to speak distinctly” (Mark 7:34).
have the same authority
Good News I want to share with you today is that as
followers of Jesus we have the same authority! Matthew 17:20
doesn’t tell us to plead with God for what we need, but to speak
the intended result with confidence:
. . For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard
seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to yonder
place and it will move: and nothing will be impossible to you.”
the healing to come
same assurance is given us in Luke 10:19, Luke 17:6, and Matthew
21:21. So when you’re preparing for your own healing or someone
else’s, you can certainly spend prayer-time to get “centered”
in the power of God for what needs to be done.
then, command the healing to come. Command
the demon causing the sickness or torment to leave. Start issuing commands
for healing and deliverance and watch the power of God at work!