MGHM Healing Brief, 9/12

Tips on Working the Word, 3

In my earlier "tips" Iíve emphasized that (1) we need to be specific about our needs when we apply the Word for healing, and (2) weíre in the best position to be healed when we pray for someone elseís needs along with our own. My third "tip" is that Word-working is most likely to have its intended effect if we spend time seeking the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Now, itís normal to offer simple prayers of faith for our own simple needs (Mark 11:24). A straightforward prayer for a cut finger or a common cold will work every time when we just believe God for the answer. If our need is complicated, though, or if weíre praying for someone elseís healing, itís essential that we turn to the Spirit for detailed instruction. "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" (Romans 8:26).

The most powerful healings

During the past 20 years of my ministry, the most powerful healings have come when the Holy Spirit has told me exactly what to do. I recall, for instance, the dramatic recovery of a gentleman with lymphoma when I obeyed the Spiritís order to "Go lay your hand on his shoulder." On two other occasions, women were healed of severe back pain when the Spirit said "Cast out the demon," and I did as I was told.

The plain truth is that the Holy Spirit communicates both the Mind of God and the Power of God--and God sees our problems a lot more clearly than we do. When weíre praying for ourselves there may be "innocent" bad habits, generational curses, forgotten grudges, or even evil spirits that have to be smoked out before we can be healed. Only the Spirit knows exactly where the prayer-blocks are hiding and how to get rid of them.

The need for God's direction

And when weíre praying for others, the need for Godís direction is even more obvious. Even "religious" people can be full of doubt, resistant to the Word, plagued with secret sins or curses, oppressed by the enemy, or merely convinced that they donít deserve to be healed. The only solution is to turn to God for specific instructions on how to pray.

So whatever the Spirit tells you to do, do it. If the Spirit tells you to put your index finger on someoneís forehead before you pray, do it. Donít lay hands on the personís shoulders instead, just because thatís what youíve done for the past decade.

most important thing

How do we "get connected" so we can hear what the Spirit is saying? My own approach is to pray a lot in tongues, and to step out of my daily routine for frequent private worship. And of course as I pray Iím listening to God with my "inner ear."

In fact, just sitting with the Holy Spirit and being quiet is probably the most important thing we can do. Thereís surely no harm in doing it any time, for any reason--whether weíre praying for healing, seeking guidance, offering thanks and praise, or just taking a break to get the kinks out of our system.

                                                                                          --Mary 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 way--spiritually, 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 healed--through medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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