Praying For Healing: When, Why & How

453044575In praying for the sick person, we can be spontaneous and improvise prayer for healing. While kneeling is the traditional way to pray, we can assume any posture that is most comfortable for us—sitting, kneeling, or standing—where we can best concentrate on the presence of God. We turn our hearts and minds to our Lord & Savior; we know that it is only through the Creator’s love that anything will happen. After welcoming their presence and praising God, we then can begin to put forth our ask.

Most ministers of healing suggest that we be specific in our prayer, that we visualize as clearly as possible what we are asking God to heal. For instance, if we are praying for the healing of a broken bone we can ask the Father (or Jesus) to take away every infection, to stimulate the growth of the cells needed to restore the bone, and to fill in any breaks. Such a specific request seems to make our faith that much more real, as we see in our imagination what we are praying for. It also can stimulate the faith of the sick person as he/she listens and pictures what we are asking God to accomplish in reality. This actually helps the one being prayed for be a part of the prayer, even without saying anything at all.

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If we believe that God answers our prayers always (not always as we think he will, but nevertheless always), we naturally will have a heartfelt desire to thank him. We can thank him even during the prayer: “I thank you, Lord,…