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).
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
way--spiritually, 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 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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