Sickness is inevitable to every human – that’s human nature for you! When loved ones, family and friends fall sick, as important as the care by the doctors and nurses are, so are our prayers and good wishes.
These caring words of prayers and wishes have a way of letting them know that we share in their suffering and that they have a space in our hearts, thereby helping them to get better faster than expected.
In this list are good wishes and prayers you can choose from for your sick loved ones. I hope you like them, and I hope that they get better.
Table of contents
- 1 Healing Prayer for the Sick
- 2 Healing Prayer SMS for the Sick
- 3 Healing Prayer Messages for the Sick
- 4 Awesome Healing Prayer for the Sick
- 5 Yoke-Breaking Healing Prayer for the Sick
- 6 Renew My Mind, Body and Soul
- 7 To Heal a Friend
- 8 A Prayer for Healing a Loved One
- 9 A Prayer to Jesus for Healing
- 10 A Prayer Against Disease
- 11 My Lighthouse of Hope
- 12 A Prayer for Doctor’s Wisdom
- 13 A Prayer to Ease Pain
- 14 What does the Bible say about healing?
- 15 Prayer Request: Post Your Own “Prayers for Healing”
- 16 Recent prayer requests…
- 17 Prayer for the Sick
Healing Prayer for the Sick
1. I hope you get well soon so that you’ll enjoy life’s blessed moments.
2. I wish you a speedy recovery as you’re nursed back to health by the nurses!
3. I pray you’re back to full health sooner than ever because we miss you at work. Get well soon.
4. Your place isn’t on the sick bed. I pray that the healing hand of God will raise you and strengthen you.
5. Your face looks so off colour whenever you fall sick. I don’t like such moments. Get well soon so we can have a beautiful you again!
6. The hospital isn’t the best place to be in. The smell is out of this world, and the injections horrible. I wish you a speedy recovery!
7. I pray that you get healthier and happier as you recover from malaria. I love you.
8. By Jesus’s stripes, you’re healed! Amen.
9. Cheer up and get well soon. Your friends miss your company.
10. We have a couple of new gists to share, so get well quick, so that we get to it!
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Healing Prayer SMS for the Sick
11. Dad, Mum, I and others miss your laughter reverberating in the hallway. Get up quick! Wishing you a swift recovery.
12. You’re one of the strongest persons I’ve met. Gather the positive energy, and be healed from inside out.
13. Rest and relax, as you get all the care you need to be back on track. Get well soon brother.
14. I want you to know that you’re in my prayers for your quick recovery. May God’s healing power rest upon you.
15. We send you all the good wishes in the world as you are freed from the hold of sickness.
16. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this period of being under the weather. May the weather clear, and may you be returned to full health soon.
17. I hope you get back to a hundred percent health soon. I truly miss not having you around.
18. I pray the sickness doesn’t submerge, and that you enjoy the rest of your life in perfect health. God bless you.
19. I hope my well wishes will spread a smile on your sick face. Get well soon dear.
20. I’m happy to hear you are getting better. I hope you bounce back to your healthy self soon.
Healing Prayer Messages for the Sick
21. May the peace of God rest upon you and release you from your sick bed.
22. We pray for a miraculous healing for you as soon as possible. We love seeing you hale and hearty.
23. May all the strength and help you need to get back to your strong self, be supplied to you. Get better very soon.
24. God’s powerful hand will take away your discomfort and ill health. You’re on your way to a healthier life.
25. I hope you get a good energy needed to get well soon. I miss your contagious smile and your lively spirit.
26. Your absence and illness hurt us as the day goes by without having you around. May the angels tend and pamper you, and may you spend the rest of your life in sound health.
27. I pray that you sickness pass as quickly as it came. I can’t wait to have you back home.
28. Every day I pray that the Lord keep you from suffering due to the sickness. He’ll get you back to your feet faster than you imagine. Get well soon!
29. May the be a total healing of your body, soul and spirit. You’re healed in Jesus name!
30. May you be fit for all of life’s task my friend. Get well soon!
Awesome Healing Prayer for the Sick
31. May the miracle of total recuperation work wonders in your life. Bounce back to total health my dear.
32. May the healing hands of the divine bring you to fast recovery. Amen.
33. “Get on your feet and walk!” That’s God telling you your sickness is over!
34. My prayers are with you so that you heal up very fast.
35. May the pain and tough times engendered by your illness be removed by the healing hands of God. Amen.
36. May the ill health leave you, may the pains go, and may you be as strong as a horse again.
37. May you experience the joy of being in sound health again. This I pray!
38. Get well soon and bubble with life. God is with you all the way.
39. May the healing powers of the “most high” bring comfort and grace in place of sickness. Get well soon.
40. May the messengers of God responsible for a good health visit you and lead you back to sound health.
Yoke-Breaking Healing Prayer for the Sick
41. May the blessings of good health always be yours. Grace to you as you get better.
42. As you recuperate from your sickness, I pray that God’s love be with you to see you through these trying times.
43. May you heal up and find health in no time. Get better soon.
44. May the hand that raised Jesus from the dead raise you from your sick bed. I wish you quick recovery.
45. I pray for speedy and easy recovery for you. Heal fast so you can return to your cheerful self.
46. I pray that you win the battle over sickness and illness. Get well soon.
47. May laughter be in your mouth again. May you find total freedom from the hold of sickness.
48. May you find warmth and good cheer as you recover from your illness.
49. May you blossom once again like a tree planted by the riverside. Feel good soon.
50. Recover fast to be sound in health. Grace to you.
- Written By Omopo Stanley.
Last updated: January 4, 2018
Prayers for healing can illustrate firsthand the incredible power of prayer. Through prayer for the sick and poor in health, we can find comfort in the most trying of times. Use these prayers, and keep them in your heart so they can remind you of God’s nearness.
The following prayers have been curated by pastors and clergy, while some come from rare, out-of-print prayer books.
God has been in the business of answering prayers for healing for a long time. Use these prayers as examples, and submit your own public prayer request at the bottom of this page.
Renew My Mind, Body and Soul
Lord, I come before you today in need of your healing hand.
In you all things are possible. Hold my heart within yours, and renew my mind, body, and soul.
I am lost, but I come to you with grace.
You gave us life, and you also give us the gift of
infinite joy. Give me the strength to move forward on the path you’ve laid out for me.
Guide me towards better health, and give me the wisdom to identify those you’ve placed
around me to help me get better.
In your name I pray, Amen.
To Heal a Friend
Think, o God, of our friend who is ill, whom we now commend to Your compassionate regard.
Comfort him upon his sickbed, and ease his suffering. We beg for deliverance, and submit
that no healing is too hard for the Lord, if it be His will.
We therefore pray that You bless our friend with Your loving care, renew his strength,
and heal what ails him in Your loving name.
Thank You, Lord.
A Prayer for Healing a Loved One
All our times are in Thy hand.
All diseases come at Thy call, and go at Thy bidding.
Thou redeemest our life from destruction, and crownest us with loving kindness and tender mercies.
We bless Thee, that Thou hast heard prayer, and commanded deliverances for our friend and
Thy servant, who has been under Thine afflicting hand.
He (or she) was brought low, but Thou hast helped him (her).
May he (she) not only live, but declare the works of the Lord!
As Thou hast delivered his eyes from tears, his feet from falling, and his soul from death,
may he daily inquire:What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me,and
resolve to offer unto Thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and to call upon the name of the Lord.
May we ever remember that recovery is only a reprieve and
that some day we will go to our rest in the Lord.
May we therefore secure the righteous path and live with eternity ever in our view.
A Prayer to Jesus for Healing
Dear Lord, You are the Just judge, Holy and True. You are the Most High God. You give us life.
You hold all power in your hands.
You are the Mighty one from God who carries the world, and is ruler over all the earth.
You Oh Most Blessed One are the giver of life. In you are only good things.
In you is mercy and love. In you is healing of the nations.
In you is freedom of worry and freedom of pain.
Lord Almighty, You loved us so much. You were sent from your Father,
sent to save us from destruction. We truly can never make it to Heaven without the help of Jesus the Son,
who was sent to earth to help us.
You, Lord are full of mercy and grace, please forgive us for our faults.
Lord Jesus, in you all healing is performed. You Lord are the miracle worker.
In your Spirit, your gift of healing is alive. In you Lord we can put our trust that you can heal us,
and protect us from the enemy, and death of our soul.
You, Lord are miracle worker for the sick, and for the lost souls.
You, Lord forgive us and save us from condemnation. You cleanse us and make us born again new.
You give us a clean heart full of peace. You Lord are the Light.
In You is all truth. Your way Lord is the way to Heavenly Hope.
Your hands Lord created the universe. You Lord are the True giver of Life.
Every child is a miracle of Life. Life rests in Your Hands.
Wrap us as a close knit family, draw us near to you Lord, and bind us with your Loving Hands.
Let us be drawn closer to You. You are the Vine, dear Lord and we are the branches.
You carry all knowledge and all power. You Lord are our medicine. Your Words Lord are Truth and Life.
Help us put our trust in You. You Lord are the greatest physician.
You heal, You protect, You care, You love, You are kind, You are patient,
You are thoughtful, You are strength. You Lord are our Creator.
You know our thoughts, our sighings and our cryings and every hair on our head.
You are Wonderful and make all good things for us. Heal us Lord, if it be Your will.
A Prayer Against Disease
Lord, Your scripture says that you heal all diseases and whoever believes in You will not perish but have an everlasting life. Strengthen me, Lord, in this time of illness. Sustain him as he lays sick in his bed. When You were on Earth, you did all things good and healed all kinds of sickness.
You healed those who had diseases. You died and rose for our sins and that we may have eternal life, Lord. I believe in my heart that You are here with us today and that with Your most holy power will remove all sicknesses and evils that roam the earth. Let it be done in Your glory, Lord.
We praise and glorify Your name, Amen.
My Lighthouse of Hope
Most gracious and loving Father, I want to thank You for all the blessings Youve given me, my family and friends and all those I hold dear.
Thank You Lord for giving me another day to see the beauty of your creations. You know the state of crisis that I am in now Lord. I want to be of use again to You, Lord. In the time of my hospitalization, You Lord remain as my rock and my anchor.
You stand as my lighthouse giving me hope. I pray Lord that you will heal me soon.
In Jesus name, Amen.
A Prayer for Doctor’s Wisdom
Dear Lord, Guide my doctor’s hands and give him wisdom.
Show him the way and help him to heal me.
I put my faith in you and the medical professionals that you have brought to me.
A Prayer to Ease Pain
Almighty Father, Thank you for your love, grace and mercy. I pray that my discomforts will turn to comforts, my pains to gains, my deprivation to more blessings, my losses to profits, my tear to smiles, my sorrows to pleasures, my illness to wellness, my debts to credits and my dreams to realities.
As the scripture said “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” And he “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
I trust in you Lord and in you alone to heal me with any form of skepticism towards blessing that you will be employed upon me. I trust, Lord, that this agony and suffering that is only in my head, will come to end and positivism will shine upon me as I read, hear, study and preach the truth in the Bible.
What does the Bible say about healing?
“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.”
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospelof the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”
“And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spoke unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.”
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous man is effective and has great strength.”
Often times, it is good to look towards the scriptures for truth and understanding of this world. Click here to read more Bible verses about Healing or Life.
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Are you suffering from a winter cold or possibly chronic pain for years, maybe even a life-threatening illness? Do you find it difficult to pray when you’re not well, or maybe you feel like you’re praying the same words over and over again? When we feel helpless we often cling to control as a life raft, but Christ tells us to cling to him during times of illness and every other time imaginable. We can pray for the sick and rest knowing God can restore health! He has the power to heal us, and he has the power to comfort us and give us new hope. He gives us rest when we are weary and peace when we are uncertain. If you find it hard to pray during difficult times you are not alone; pray along with this prayer for the sick!
Prayer for the Sick
Jesus, you control all the parts of my body, and you know when they’re not working at their best. Sickness leaves me stressed and steals time from all the things I want to be doing. I’m honest, Lord. I don’t like to be sick. But times like this also make me rest in you, so I thank you for this chance simply to wait on you.
I come to you today asking for your touch, Lord. Help me to be patient and allow you to do your work. If doctors are involved, give them wisdom, and thank you for providing the help I need, however you choose to provide. Whether this is a test, or simply a time to trust, I want my response to honor you.
As my Good Shepherd, I know you will lead me beside quiet places and restore my soul and body. I trust you and want to follow your leading. Help me to welcome this time not as an interruption in my carefully planned schedule, but as an opportunity to draw strength and nourishment for the journey ahead. You are my healer and my Great Physician. I look to you and give thanks for the promises in your Word that assure me of your presence and your help.
Teach me what you want me to learn during these unpleasant times, Lord. Help me not to take out my discomfort on those around me, and show me how to be a good patient while I’m recovering. In these days of sickness, Lord, I’m trusting you and asking you to make me well. And when you’ve restored my health, give me wisdom so I can treat my body as the temple of your Spirit. I’m eager to get back on my feet serving you, but I realize that even in sickness, I can still draw near to you.
Thank you, Jesus!
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Bible Verses for Healing
Proverbs 4:20-22 – “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”
Psalm 103:2-4 – “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,”
Psalm 41:2-3 – “The LORD protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.”
James 6:16 – “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
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The morning message is concluded and the elders come forward during the final hymn. They gather on the chancel steps to pray with those who come forward from the congregation to share specific needs. The elder lays hands on the people and prays for the release of the Lord’s healing power in them. Some people come expressing a need to know Christ, others need assurance of forgiveness, some have concerns for loved ones who are ill or troubled. Many have physical illnesses while others need the Lord’s guidance and strength for the challenges they face. The results of these prayers have been astounding.1 This is not a report from some kooky church on the fringe of reality, but from the very respectable First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.
Many Christians are confused over the issue of prayer and healing. Many churches will not offer the opportunity that this Presbyterian church does. But the questions remain: Is God there when sickness enters our lives? Do miracles of healing still happen — or do we just read about them in the Bible?
Some insist that miracles and healings should always be the order of the day. They sometimes compound the suffering of those struggling with illness by claiming, “It’s never God’s will for Christians to suffer.” The victim is blamed for his infirmity and accused of sin or a lack of faith.
Prayer is the theme uniting verses James 5:13-18. This section teaches that vital relationships with God grow out of intimacy with Him in prayer. We are invited to share all life’s experiences with Him. Whether glad or grieving, troubled or triumphant, we are to pray. I received a note while writing this from a pastor whose wife died after a lingering bout with cancer. Now, while grieving for her, his own cancer — in remission for years — has returned. James speaks to situations like this in James 5:14. One source of Christian trouble is sickness. If prayer is appropriate for any context of life, it is certainly relevant in times of physical affliction.
We often pray the “why” question: “Why is this happening to me?” “What” is the more appropriate prayer: “Lord, what are you saying to me through these difficulties?” Or, “Father, what do you want me to learn, or what do you wish for me to do?”
I. What Causes Sickness?
Violations of God’s Natural Laws. Many are sick because they disregard basic health principles. Sanitation, hygiene, diet, exercise, and rest are neglected, with illness the natural result.
A well-balanced diet is essential to good health. God was Israel’s healer, but He was also their dietitian. We are not bound by all the restrictions of Old Testament law, but God established laws of hygiene and diet then that are still helpful in maintaining health today. God established a day of rest and a sabbatical year. Proper rest remains an important factor in good health. We violate these laws to our physical detriment.
Violations of God’s Moral Laws. The Bible leaves no doubt that God sometimes uses physical infirmity to punish sin and chasten His children. We are reminded of this at the Communion Table when we consider 1 Corinthians 11:29-32. Paul said, “For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” Some were sick and others died because of sinful attitudes at the table of the Lord. Such sickness was not to be accepted passively; they were expected to stop sinning and be healed. The sickness was a strong encouragement to change their sinful behavior.
Brought by Satan and Allowed by God. Satan sometimes brings sickness (though it is permitted by God). Job and the apostle Paul are examples. Paul repeatedly asked God to deliver him from his “thorn in the flesh” which he described as “a messenger of Satan.” To display His power in Paul’s affliction, God allowed the affliction.
One writer says, “Let’s mark the conclusion in red letters. The disasters of the world do not have their origin in the will of God. The evil one is the author of adversity.”2
For God’s Glory and Our Good. Sickness is sometimes allowed for our growth and for God’s glory. The Psalmist knew this when he wrote, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (Psalms 119:71). Joni Eareckson Tada testifies from her wheelchair that God uses her infirmity to minister His love to many. She says, “Satan schemed that a 17-year-old girl named Joni would break her neck, hoping to ruin her life; God sent the broken neck in answer to her prayer for a closer walk with Him and uses her wheelchair as a platform to display His sustaining grace.”3
Not all sickness can be blamed on personal sin. Jesus made that very clear in His encounter with the blind man of John 9. In an ultimate sense, all sickness is related to sin, because there was no sickness before the fall.
II. What Cures Sickness?
Healing with Medicine. Some suggest that the use of doctors and medicines indicates a “lack of faith.” This claim disregards the testimony of the Bible as well as that of personal experience. Medicine is a gift from God. When King Hezekiah was ill, Isaiah offered a medical prescription and said, “apply it to the boil, and he will recover” (Isaiah 38:21). Because of Timothy’s stomach ailment and an impure water supply, Paul prescribed the medicinal use of wine in 1 Timothy 5:23. God is surely not limited in His miraculous power, but He usually chooses to use human agencies. We should praise Him for trained, dedicated medical personnel.
Healing through Rest and Change. We may often experience healing through a change of pace and thorough rest. Even our Lord needed times of withdrawal from people and times of refreshing with the Father. Referring to restful recuperation, evangelist Vance Havner used to say, “If you don’t come apart a while, you’ll soon come apart.”
Healing through Divine Intervention. Christians populate hospital wards, asylums, and cancer hospices just as non-Christians do. They roll in wheelchairs, face silent worlds with unhearing ears, and experience enfeeblement in about the same measure as the rest of the population. They are haunted by the question, “Why doesn’t God intervene miraculously and heal my sickness?” Many have prayed for healing or attended healing services where they felt a sudden rush of hope, but they are still unhealed. They desperately need the support of their church, but too often are taunted that they must not measure up spiritually any more than they do physically.
Yet the New Testament is full of instances when Jesus and His followers healed men, women, and children. James counsels that healing is still to be expected today.
III. What Brings Healing?
The Sick Should Call. “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14). Clearly, the initial step is to be taken by the sick person. Confined to bed, this person or a representative should summon the church leaders. When seriously ill, with a body racked by pain, it is not easy to pray effectively for ourselves; then it is important to remember that we belong to a body and are not alone. We can call for the prayer support of stronger members. The elders are called because they should be persons of faith who believe that God can heal. The Lord may not heal in every case, but these elders are convinced that He is a healing God and that He can make sick persons whole.
The leaders are invited to the sick person’s home when he is not well enough to come to the assembly. Actually, effective prayer can be offered any time the church gathers, but while miserable and lonely, the sick one feels especially loved as Christian friends gather in his or her home to pray. Even so, they come in response to his call. Someone has well said, “It is not the business of the elders of the church to go scouting for the sick.”
Elders Should Pray. As the leaders of the local church the elders are called because they should be spiritually mature and experienced in intercessory prayer. Another title describing their function is “overseers.” They are responsible for pastoral oversight and spiritual direction. They are “to pray over him.” Prayer is their main ministry on behalf of the sick person. “Pray” is the main verb, while “anoint” is a participle. The anointing with oil was completely subsidiary to the praying.
The anointing is to be done in the name of the Lord, calling on divine authority for the results. But what is the purpose of this anointing with oil? Oil was a very common medicine in biblical times. James seems to be prescribing prayer along with medicine, suggesting that we should avail ourselves of both spiritual and natural resources. Someone has said, “I have found the best combination for healing is a healthy blend of penicillin and prayer.” Charismatic leader Jack Hayford says, “We should always be people who know the receiving of medical help is not a rejection of divine healing.”4
My wife and I discovered this when our oldest daughter was only eight months old. One day her neck was limp and she was unable to hold up her head. She was admitted to Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, where she was placed in traction and hospitalized for two weeks. Excellent orthopedic surgeons examined Tammy’s x-rays and concluded that nothing could be done for her. We took Tammy home with the knowledge that she might remain in a neck-brace the rest of her life. It was then that our impassioned prayers touched the throne of God and our daughter was immediately healed by the power of the Lord.
Some teach that healing power was confined to the apostolic age. God has imposed no such limits upon Himself. James recommends that regular church officers, not apostles, should carry out the practice. This implies that the ministry to the sick is not limited to apostles, or even to those with gifts of healing as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:30. James’ counsel has permanent validity in the church. However, this is the only mention of anointing a sick person in the New Testament letters. Since many were healed without anointing, it is apparent that anointing is not required for healing prayer to be effective.
The Lord Will Heal. It is God’s power that heals. The prayer, anointing, and the calling on Jesus’ name is not a magical rite. It is an opening for God’s power to intervene. Alec Motyer speaks of the advance of medical knowledge, and writes, “the discovery of medicines and the perfecting of surgical techniques are without doubt examples of the providential goodness of God. We must be careful lest we over-value the marvelous and the miraculous at the expense of the mundane and the providential.”5
Acknowledging God’s sovereign hand in bad times and good, our eyes should be on the Lord even when we go to the doctor. If an aspirin works, it is God who makes it work. When a broken bone is set and mended, it is the Lord who causes the healing. Every good gift is from above!
Genuine prayer is always a commitment to the will of God, and it is best expressed in patience as we wait to see what He will do. The unqualified statement that the prayer of faith will save the sick stands alongside many similar affirmations regarding prayer. The Bible makes its prayer promises without qualifications. Jesus said, “I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19). He also promised His disciples, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father” (John 14:13).
These promises are given to increase our confidence in the place of prayer. They tell of an omnipotent God who can do all things, who is so generous that He will not withhold good from us, and who hears every plea. The promises do not allow us to come with a stubborn insistence that we’ve got it right and our will must be done. We are not to try to whip up a believing spirit or pretend to have it when we do not.
Prayers for healing are qualified by the recognition that God’s will is supreme. In the New Testament, for one reason or another, God did not always heal even great people of faith. Paul’s thorn in the flesh and the sickness of some of his friends are examples. Our faith must always be in the God whose will is supreme and best. To pray “in Jesus’ name” is not an incantation but a submission to His will and authority.
We should pray for the sick with confidence that God will answer that prayer and bring healing. Such faith cannot be manufactured no matter how gifted, insistent, or righteous we are. Our responsibility is to pray and to leave the results with God.
Jesus Christ has placed in the hands of the church the keys of the kingdom (Matthew 16:19). One of these keys will set men and women free from the power and authority of Satan. We need to use this key wisely but resolutely. It will not fit every lock. But the locks it does fit will spring open at the name of Jesus Christ. The authority Jesus had to deliver people from satanic powers has been bequeathed to the church. It may be used wherever and whenever it is appropriate.6
Some have abused and sensationalized healing ministries. Others have abandoned them altogether. Our responsibility is to be faithful to the teaching of God’s Word.
1. Lloyd John Ogilvie, Praying with Power (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1983), p. 98.
2. Robert L. Wise, When There is No Miracle (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1977), p. 128.
3. Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes, A Step Further (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1978), p. 140.
4. Jack Hay ford, “Healing for Today,” Charisma (September, 1984), p. 43.
5. Alec Motyer, The Message of James (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1985), p. 192.
6. Michael Harper, The Healings of Jesus (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1986), p. 51.