post healing ministryWhen we pray for the sick, we must pray for visible and definitive results. We stop praying when:

  • The person receives complete healing
  • The person wants you to stop praying
  • The person is tired or if you simply feel that you should stop
  • The Holy Spirit tells you that it’s time to stop
  • You received no further directions on how to pray and you feel like you are not gaining ground

After praying, consider the following suggestions:

Encourage the person you have been praying for to develop his or her walk with the Lord. You may share a verse of Scripture since an appropriate Bible passage can be extremely meaningful and encouraging.

If the problem is a result of the person’s experiences with the occult or habitual sin, consider suggesting a change of lifestyle, to avoid the repetition of this problem. If those for whom you pray are not healed or not completely healed, do not accuse them of a lack of faith for their healing, or of sin in their life.

Encourage the person to receive prayer from others if you perceive little or no evidence of healing, or if the healing was not complete. Encourage the person to come back at another time to receive more prayer. Sometimes healing is progressive and it may only occur after praying a number of times.

Warn the person not to be surprised if he or she experiences spiritual attacks after healing. Help the person prepare for resisting these attacks. If any symptoms return, teach them how to command them to go away again in the name of Jesus. If a bad habit is involved, he or she may be tempted to fall into an old habit for a while. If he or she falls into temptation, quick repentance is necessary as well as prayer for God’s help. Above all Love the person! As a minister of healing, do everything in love.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. (1 Corinthians 13:4)

The more people who you pray for, the more healings you will see!


The following is an interview and a prayer between the intercessor (Paul) and a person with severe back pains (Alex). This example illustrates the use of short prayers interspersed with interview questions and approximates the real situation.

The situation

Alex comes to Paul as a friend to receive help for his back problem. His back hurts so much that he needs help when he sits down in a chair and has a hard time getting up again.

Preliminary steps

  • Paul: “where does your back hurt?”
  • Alex: (pointing) “right here at the base of my neck.”
  • Paul: “When did your back start hurting?”
  • Alex: “About three months ago”
  • Paul: “Do you know what caused this problem?”
  • Alex: “I hurt my back while carrying some furniture.”
  • Paul: “Did you go to the doctor?”
  • Alex: “Yes, he is treating me because of a dislocated vertebra.”
  • Paul: “Did he help you?”
  • Alex: “Yes, I feel better each time I go to his office. But the pain comes back and it is getting worse.”
  • Paul: “Did you need help to carry the furniture?”
  • Alex: “Yes, I asked my roommate to help me, but he didn’t. He never helps me with anything at home.”
  • Paul: “Do you need to forgive him?”
  • Alex: “I suppose so.”

Paul leads Alex in a prayer of forgiveness for his roommate for not helping him carry the furniture, releasing him to God, understanding that he cannot change him but must bless him anyway. Note that Paul could have led Alex in a prayer to forgive his roommate for all the times that he disappointed him. He should do this soon, if not immediately. Paul should suggest that Alex do this at some point.

  • Paul: “Now let’s see your back. Try to move it. How is the pain now?”
  • Alex: stretching his back he is surprised. “It feels much better!”
  • Paul: “Is the pain completely gone?”

Note: anger is frequently the cause of back pain. Sometimes a person is completely healed merely by forgiving the person that has caused them pain.

  • Alex: “No but it hurts much less.”
  • Paul: “Okay we will pray about this. Let me check if your legs are lined up first.”
  • Paul checks Alex’s legs, and discovers that one is a little shorter than the other. Paul prays for the short leg to grow, and it does. Paul asks Alex to get up to see if the pain has left his back.
  • Alex: “Well it’s much better, but I still feel a sharp pain here.” (Alex touches his back.)
  • Paul: “Put your hands on the place where it hurts.” Paul prays: “In the name of Jesus, I command that all pain leave Alex’s back. Now stretch your back again.”
  • Alex: “It’s better, much better.”
  • Paul: “Is the pain completely gone?”
  • Alex: “It is almost all gone; it’s still a little tense and sore.”
  • Paul: (puts his hand on Alex’s back and prays): “In the name of Jesus, I command every spirit of pain or soreness or tension, leave Alex’s back. Now let’s check it again.”

In this case, the pain completely went away and Paul concluded the prayer time. Paul asked Alex to thank Jesus for his healing. If the pain had not gone away, Paul could have given one or more commands, until the pain left completely or until there was no more progress:

  • “I command all the vertebrate of Alex’s back to line up appropriately one above the other.”
  • “I command all of the discs in Alex’s spinal column to be restored in their size, form and proper place.”
  • “I command that every pinched nerve be freed and every damaged nerve be healed.”
  • “I command that every calcium deposit or abscess on Alex’s back dissolve and disappear.”

Note: if Alex also felt pain extending to his legs, it could be because of damage to the sciatic nerve. If this type of pain develops while Paul is praying for Alex’s back, it could be caused by a sciatic spirit. If he feels that it is appropriate Paul could pray as follows:

  • “Jesus, I command that Alex’s sciatic nerve be healed.”
  • “Jesus, I command that the sciatic spirit come out of Alex’s body.”

If there is any improvement, Paul offers a prayer of thanksgiving and asks the Holy Spirit to help Alex live in continuous forgiveness with his roommate so that he can experience complete restoration.