Summary: A deductive exposition of the text leading individuals prompted by the Holy Spirit to accept an invitation to come forward to the altar rail and pray for healing.
I’d like you to join me on a journey into a topic that’s filled with controversy and confusion. Today we will consider the idea of “Healing Prayer.”
1. What is “healing”? According to the words used in the New testament:
Healing means to MEND something that’s broken.
Healing is to MAKE WHOLE AGAIN.
Healing means to OVERCOME an unhealthy situation in the following areas of human existence: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational.
One man summed this idea of healing up by saying it is “liberation from [the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational] shackles that prevent us from enjoying maturity and eternity.” (Bernard Martin)
As we work through this study of healing, I encourage you to think about your own life. Think about what God wants to do in your life. What shackles would He like to liberate you from? What does he want to mend or make whole again in your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or relational life?
2. I started by saying this is a topic that’s filled with controversy and confusion. I believe the disagreement and debate are caused by two EXTREMES found in Christians today.
One DENIES healing in the present. These well meaning Christians say that healing was a sign to unbelievers in the days of the early church and no longer can be found. But as a part of The Wesleyan Church we believe “The truth that Jesus is both able and willing to heal the body as well as the human soul, whenever such healing is for His glory, is clearly set forth in God’s Word and attested by the experience of many of His people at the present day. Prayer for healing according to the pattern set forth in the Scriptures shall be encouraged.” (DISCIPLINE 1996, paragraph 430)
The other extreme DEMANDS miraculous healing all the time. They proclaim that God will instantaneously heal anyone, anytime as long as he or she has enough faith. But there are too many examples of faith-filled Christians who are not instantly healed. In the Bible, God told Paul that He would not heal him because God’s “grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
BOTH overlook God’s routine, daily ministry of healing to us.
3. There are at least six ways that God heals us all the time.
People in the HELPING professions are a part of God’s healing team. (Honor those present.)
Medical TREATMENTS are a part of the miraculous healing God provides.
Created processes in our BODIES. (White blood cells for example.)
God’s direct touch – Jesus healed the sick for three reasons.
a. A PERSON SAID, “PLEASE HEAL ME.”
b. A PERSON SAID, “HEAL MY LOVED ONE.”
c. JESUS SIMPLY CHOSE TO DO IT.
“God’s Psychiatry” is the title of a book by Pastor Charles Allen. In it he describes the healing effects of obedience to the Bible.
a. For example, simple reading and thinking about the 23rd Psalm can calm our nerves in stress-filled times.
b. Learning the importance of forgiving those who have trespassed against us will eliminate the weight of bitter anger.