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Healing Prayer (twelfth installment)

As you pray for physical healing, keep in mind the details about the illness the person gave you before you began to pray. Keep your eyes open and on the person for whom you are praying so that you can see if there are any subtle changes to their physical appearance or bearing as they are being prayed for. Listen intently (once again, with your eyes open and directed on the person) for how the Holy Spirit is directing you and pray accordingly. Don’t be concerned if, while you are listening, there is silence for a period of time. Better to wait silently on the Holy Spirit than to be praying blindly aloud. If the person appears tense, invite him or her to relax. It’s perfectly fine if they fall asleep. Their job is to receive God’s healing, not bring it about. Likewise, those who are praying are conduits of God’s healing. Healing is a gift, like grace, and not a work accomplished by either those who are praying or the one receiving prayer. Continue reading

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Healing Prayer (eleventh installment)

Unforgiveness is also something that hinders God’s access to our lives. So once again, if the Holy Spirit should prompt you, ask the person whether there is someone in their life whom they have not forgiven, and if so, invite them to declare their forgiveness in Jesus’ name. If they have difficulty doing so, gently remind him or her that forgiving is a choice made in obedience to God’s command – and a key component in the Lord’s Prayer – and they don’t need to wait until they feel like forgiving. It is an act of the will, not a feeling. Unforgiveness can lead to physical, as well as emotional illness, so it is something that may need to be explored when praying for healing. Continue reading

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Healing Prayer (tenth installment)

Like all prayer, healing prayer is about the relationship between us who pray and our Triune God – and not about the relationship between ourselves and the person for whom we are praying. So the most important thing we can do is listen to the Lord. Listening is a form of obedience – and the Lord always blesses obedience. So when we listen for and wait upon the Lord’s directionwe are able to receive the knowledge, wisdom and faith to do his work and we don’t end up being misled by our feelings for the person for whom we are praying. Neither are we left to pray in ignorance, blindly tossing petitions heavenward, hoping at least one or two will hit the mark. Instead, we are able to pray with insight, which comes from the Holy Spirit who will communicate with us, often through images or sensations or symbols, which indicate to us what direction we should take in our prayer for healing. The more we practice listening to the Lord, the better we become at discerning and acting upon what the Spirit is saying to us. Continue reading

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