One of the names of God is Jehovah Rapha. We see this in Exodus 15:26:
“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
God’s nature is to heal. Healing is part of His DNA. We are in Christ and Christ is in us, therefore it is in our DNA to heal as well.
There is a theological move called Dispensationalism or Cessationism. Adherents of this system believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including miraculous healing, ceased at the end of the apostolic age. The problem with that is the Bible says Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). When we don’t see healing it is counter to God’s nature.
The Centrality of Healing
Healing is not a secondary message to the Gospel. It is central! For people to preach the full Gospel of Jesus Christ there must be teaching on healing the sick.
The Lord Jesus sent the disciples out two by two,
Mark 6: 7,12-13: And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
…So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.
Why Two by Two?
Within the International Association of Healing Rooms, praying in pairs (or more) is both a safety and an accountability issue. During a prayer session, we work this way as a team while we are praying for our guests. There is generally one person leading the session and releasing what Holy Spirit is highlighting. The second person is praying quietly in the Spirit and takes notes to observe what the Father is doing. This all follows the Matthew 28:18-20 commission of Jesus to all the saints.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Not to pray: What it means
You know you are to do it. So to not pray equals sin. That sounds harsh, but if Jesus has commanded us to do so, and has equipped us through the power of the Holy Spirit, to not obey Him is sin.
Jesus never prayed for the sick. He healed the sick. He empowers us do the same.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8)
Our surprising truth: Jesus never prayed for the sick. He healed the sick. For example:
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
Jesus tells us to do the same.
Excerpted from Fundamentals of Healing Prayer by Jill Ricci. Coming September 2016 from CVHR Books.
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