I have been looking through the Scriptures alot lately and to my surprise I noticed something new that has never stood out before. A new revelation had made its way to light and I want to share it with you….
As I dug through the Word of God I noticed that whenever Jesus or his disciples had healed someone, they spoke the healing to happen and/or laid their hands on the person, rather than what I had normally done, which was pray over them. Do you know that there are no examples in the ministry of Jesus (the Gospels) or in the book of Acts of anyone being healed by only praying over them? Crazy right? Check out a few of the Scriptures I found…
Matthew 8:3 – Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.
Luke 13:10-13 – “On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years…When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.”
Matthew 9:29-30 – “Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.”
Acts 14:8-10 – “In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.”
Acts 9:40 – “Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed [prayed before the healing took place]. Then turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.”
Here are a few more examples of speaking and laying on of hands for healings…to check out later…
Luke 7:12-15 Healing of widows son
Mark 3:1-5 Healing of a withered hand
John 4:46-50 Healing of nobleman’s son
- Acts 3:1-10 Paul healing a lame man
- There are many many more! But for sake of space, I’m only listing a few.
In each one of the cases above the person recieving the healing was directly spoken to and/or someone laid their hands on them for the healing…. Now does this mean we are not to pray? The answer to that question is by far “No.” For the Bible does tell us to pray over the sick. Check out this verse….
James 5:13-15 – “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.“
So what is the conclusion then?
We are to first to pray. Pray for those who are sick among you and for those who need the touch of God in their life. Pray at the very start of your day. Go to God first. For it is by Gods hand and power that people are healed, not by mans. Then as the Holy Spirit guides you, speak the healing in Jesus Name and/or lay hands on all who need it and anoint with oil as lead.
Now I am not saying prayer will not heal a person, because that is just not the case. I have seen prayer heal people before. But what I am saying is that Biblically Jesus and the disciples didn’t do it that way. Maybe we should follow their example.
Hope you all have a blessed week.
“He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Psalm 107:20