Prayer-for-the-Sick: Asking Prayer

Have you ever said something in a way that delighted you? Maybe you even thought to yourself: “I like the way I said that.” I think God enjoys His words too. It is His speaking and commanding forth that we observe in the Creation account of Genesis. And everything He called forth was pronounced good by His word. It is recorded that humankind was made in His image and after His likeness, not as the called forth things, but as speaking spirits; and like Him, we have the ability to use words for creativity. However, in much of our carelessness, we use them for destruction. In those instances, we often regret having spoken certain words if we see the connection. The Bible tells us that God’s word does not return to Him void; that is, without having accomplished its intended purpose. This is evident throughout the Scriptures, and especially in the life of Jesus the Christ. He commanded elements of the weather, and nature obeyed his rebuke (Mark 4:39). He spoke healing to the sick and they recovered. He foretold of his death and resurrection and that became a turning point in time (Mark 8:31). I believe God likes His words so much that He desires to hear them in our prayers. He likes to be reminded of them. And, I believe, He responds to them in a way that reflects His delight in our relationship with Him. Answered prayer is a result of asking prayer. I had recently crafted some Scripture-based declarations for someone needing encouragement in physical rehabilitation. It was something like this:
“The joy of the Lord is my strength. I shall not faint. I shall run and not be weary, I shall walk and not faint.”
The dear soul received it kindly, and it served a purpose temporarily. But she wanted a first-hand word from the Lord, and she prayed simply, “Lord, I need to hear from you.” She felt led to open her Bible and there was a response that spoke to her from Acts 26:16-18. It addressed the situation of her physical recovery and satisfied her need to be in fellowship with the Lord. God tells us through scripture that His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8), so He has given us His Spirit to pray in words we don’t even know, that we might communicate beyond ourselves and accomplish more than we know. These are mysteries according to the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 14:2), and he advocates praying with the understanding, our natural language, and praying in tongues, our heavenly language, and singing likewise (1 Corinthians 14:15). Now if this seems simplistic, it really isn’t, but rather a grouping together of some Scriptural basics that add up to effective Christian living based on faith and trust. As it affects prayers for sick bodies, or souls, or circumstances, or finances, the principles are the same: believe and receive. Yet right thinking and confession together are key. We cannot expect the results we desire if we are speaking words that do not affirm or align with what we say we believe. That is significant for intercessors personally, as well as those for whom we pray. Jesus explains it in the parable of the sower: the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11) and we reap the harvest of those words as they are planted into profitable soil.

Prayer-for-the-Sick: A Long and Happy Life

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:  Psalm 146:5
. . . With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.   Psalm 91:14-16.
People often in their imagination see all kind of difficulties which make their lives miserable, and wear themselves out over troubles that never come. And they neglect to cast those that do come upon the Lord. Most people want a long and happy life in this world, but the greater number of them are not willing to live the kind of a life that God teaches will make a long and useful life. The way that most people live today brings a short life full of sorrow and disappointment. People often in their imagination see all kind of difficulties which make their lives miserable, and wear themselves out over troubles that never come. And they neglect to cast those that do come upon the Lord.
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee, He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
Most Christians act about their burdens, like the man who was walking along a road bowed down under a heavy burden, and was invited to ride by a kind friend, passing in a wagon. He accepted the invitation, but still kept the load on his shoulders and when asked by his friend why he did not lay it on the floor of the wagon, his reply was, “Oh, it is a great deal to ask of you to carry me, I could not think of asking you to carry my burden too.” So many Christians act this way. They think that God will take their souls, but to ask Him to take care of their business and their families would be too much for Him. Many people worry and fret over their work till they bring sickness and death upon themselves.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2
The first thing to help to make life happy is to find out what we can do best in life, or for what kind of work God has given us a talent. Then study night and day how we can do this best, and make up our mind to be cheerful and happy in doing this work, whatever it may be through life. There are many theories as to what helps to make happiness, but none more true than this receipt given by a Christian man: Happiness lies in three things:
  1. doing what God bids,
  2. going where God sends you, and
  3. taking what God gives you.
Never think that you have so much harder times in life than someone else, but think how many have had a harder time in life than you. I have heard people say when talking in revivals that they supposed they had been having a harder time in life than any one else. Sometimes when I hear them talk that way, I ask them if they have ever had ten children killed in a storm, their servants all slain in the field, their stock all killed and destroyed and them left in sore boils, and their wives telling them to curse God and die. And they say, nothing like that. Well, I tell them, Job had all that and more, and then he said, “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” We dishonor God when we talk so much about trials and difficulties in the way to Heaven when God says
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
Cultivate a habit of being cheerful and it will get to be a part of your life after while and you will not know any other way to live. Talk and laugh at times if you do not feel like it. It will prove good medicine for you, also for your family and friends. Laughter induces a mental exhilaration. The habit of frequent and hearty laughter will not only save you many a doctor’s bill, but will also save you years of your life. There is good philosophy as well as good health in the maxim “Laugh and grow fat.”

Laughter is a foe to pain and disease, and. a sure cure for the blues, melancholy, and worry. Laughter is contagious. Be cheerful, and you make everybody around you happy, harmonious, and healthful. Laughter and good cheer make love of life, and love of life is half of health. Use laughter as a table sauce, it sets the organs to dancing and thus stimulates the digestive processes. Laughter keeps the heart and face young, and enhances physical beauty. Laughter is nature’s device for exercising the internal organs and giving us pleasure at the same time. It sends the blood bounding through the body, increases the respiration and gives warmth and glow to the whole system. It expands the chest and forces the poisoned air from the least used lung cell.
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.  Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  Proverbs 17:22
Perfect health which may be destroyed by a piece of bad news, by grief or anxiety is often restored by a good hearty laugh. A jolly physician is often better than all the drug stores with their pills. If you wish to live a long and happy life, get right with God and ask Him to guide you, and help you, to bear all the burdens of life.
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
If we cast our burdens on Christ, He will make them light and easy for us. . . . Then patience and faith in Christ will be what we need along the road. . . . As you go along in life, always be looking for the good in everything around you, instead of the evil. If you are right with God, you can find beautiful things everywhere, in the fields, hills, streams, and mountains. We can find just what we want in this world. If you want to think evil things and find evil people with whom to keep company, you can find them, and if you wish to think good things and be with good people who will talk about doing good and making the world better, you can find them.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3
The more we keep our minds in harmony with the will of God by right thinking and doing, the more rest it will give to our bodies. Evil thinking and doing gives trouble and a lashing conscience and that keeps us from rest, night and day, and is often followed with sickness and death. Right living in the sight of God gives a clear conscience, and a clear conscience gives rest to the body and mind, and rest to the body and mind makes happiness, and rest and happiness produces long life. So many Christian people in the world are not willing to trust themselves and their business with the Lord and are always in trouble trying to take care of themselves instead of leaving all with the Lord. This kind of Christians are like someone who imagined he could not live unless he kept himself alive. He was afraid his breath would stop if he did not keep it going by his own efforts, and he tried so hard to keep breathing that he nearly strangled himself in the struggle. His family in great alarm called in a physician, who seeing at once the difficulty, called out to him to stop trying to breathe. “I shall die if I do,” gasped out the poor man. “Die then,” exclaimed the doctor, “but stop!” The man overborne by the voice of authority obeyed, and the moment he stopped trying to breathe, his breath came easily and without effort. Christian friend, just turn over all into the loving hands of the Lord then the burdens of life will be easily borne. Trust Him in the dark as well as in the light, in sickness as well as in health, in poverty as in wealth. And in your living be like Martin Luther the leader of the Reformation who said “he would never get the blues unless God was dead.” Always let your mind sweetly rest on the promises of God and that will bring a long and happy life.

Derived and edited from a chapter in The Bright Side of Life by W.W. Smith

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Prayer for the Sick: A Healing Prayer Method

Battle Healing Prayer by Dr. Jay Snell

I want to show you how to not be dependent on somebody else’s anointing. It’s the anointing that breaks the yoke of sickness or anything else. There’s no doubt about that. That is a fact. What we must understand is that the anointing comes on an act of faith. Let me repeat it. The anointing comes on an act of faith. You can control this anointing simply by performing it. Therefore, if you act on faith, you control the anointing that follows because the anointing comes on an act of faith. Now, I am going to give you The Seven Acts of Faith which makes up the Battle Healing Prayer. We put all seven of them together and use them as a unit. When we use them in concert, we can shake Heaven, earth and the pits of hell with them. There are seven things you can do which bring down the anointing of God. When His anointing falls upon these seven acts, it will get for you what you need from God. No matter what it is that you need, whether healing, financial blessing, no matter what it is, these seven acts that you must perform will deliver for you. All seven of these acts of faith must be done in their proper order. These seven steps are nothing more than spiritual warfare. Therefore, I call praying for the sick or doing spiritual warfare simply “The Seven Acts of Faith which brings down the anointing for Healing (or whatever I need) Every time.” I also call them Your Battle Healing Prayer. Terminology and titles are not as important as remembering that these Seven Acts are things you must do. But remember! They must be done in their proper order. Act of Faith #1: Praise the Lord and keep on praising Him until you feel his presence. (Based on Psalms 22:3 plus many more Scriptures.) Act of Faith #2: Specifically pray to God in Jesus’ name for two and only two things here. 1. Pray for Him to remove the pain from the subjects body. 2. Pray for Him to heal the cause of their pain. (Based on John 15:7 plus many more Scriptures.) Act of Faith #3: Bind the Strongman. The Strongman is the devil himself. He must be bound before you can attack the demon that is either causing or assisting in the sickness of the subject. Quit worrying about what you believe, just do it! Bind the Strongman! (Based on Matthew 12:29, Mark 3:27, and Luke 11:21.) Act of Faith #4: Cast out the demon! Tell him his strongman has been bound and that he has no right to be causing sickness in the subjects body. Command him to come out in Jesus’ name and take this sickness, pain, injury and disease with him. Say, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, come out of [Subject’s name], and take all your sickness and pain with you. (Based on Mark 16: 17 plus many other Scriptures) Act of Faith #5: Speak to the pain. Command the pain to come out of Subject’s name. Tell it to come out now. Say, Pain in Jesus’ name, come out of [Subject name]! (Based on Mark 11:23 plus many more Scriptures.) Act of Faith #6: Speak death into the sickness and pain. Say, Sickness! I speak death into you. I declare, decree and establish the death sentence in you. Die at the roots! Dry up! Come out of [Subject’s name] in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! You are dead and can do no more damage! Come out of [Subject’s name] now! (Based on Mark 11:23 plus many more Scriptures.) Act of Faith #7: Speak healing into Subject’s name. Say, I declare, decree and establish you healed. Then command the subject to heal. Say, Be healed in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, be healed! Be healed! Be healed! In Jesus’ name, be healed! (Based on Acts 3:6 plus many more Scriptures.) Repeat these Seven Acts over and over each and every day until the victory comes. It will. The anointing always comes on an act of faith. Here are Seven Acts for the anointing to come upon. Dr. Jay Snell authored eleven books proving the healing, prosperity, family well being, salvation, eternal security and pre-tribulation rapture provided for Christians in the Abrahamic covenant. http://www.jaysnell.org
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Prayer for the Sick: Jesus Loves You

Sometimes when we are down and it seems there is nobody to console us, comforting words from spiritual upbringing will surface as a kind of healing prayer. The words, from one of the first hymns I learned as a child, have sustained me through many a sad time:
Jesus loves me. This I know For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong. They are weak, but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. (x3) The Bible tells me so. Anna B. Warner, 1860
Although the lyrics of the hymn do not appear as Bible scripture, the following verses (WEB) assure us that the words have true meaning.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I’m known by my own; even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.  John 10:14,15

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Jesus paid the ultimate price to liberate us from sickness and bondage. If you are in need of prayer yourself, or in a position to pray for someone else, this is useful to know. The Apostle Peter summed it up in this healing Scripture:

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness. You were healed by his wounds. [or, stripes] 1 Peter 2:24 (Emphasis added.)

Faith that the finished work at Calvary belongs to believers is the beginning of receiving the healing that has already been achieved. And this includes the emotions as well as the physical body.

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