PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS FOR MINISTERING TO THE SICK

Healing ministryWhile ministering healing in a team effort for maximum effectiveness keep your prayers brief or give direct orders or instructions. If changes in the conditions of the person that you are ministering to can be rapidly determined, it is appropriate to keep your prayers short alternating them with questions from time to time, to see if there is any progress.

  • “How is the pain now?”
  • “See if you can read the sign now.”
  • “Do you still feel heat in your stomach?”
  • “Try to move your knee now.”

It is possible for someone to receive partial or complete healing without feeling anything. The person may not perceive the healing until he tries to use the affected part of the body. If the person is able to do something that they could not do before, or could not do without pain, you can perceive the difference that prayer has made.

When a prayer or command results in partial healing, continue praying until you make sure that no further healing is taking place. Many prayers and commands directed at physical healing in the Bible are very short.

  • “I am willing, be cleansed.” (Mark 1:41)
  • “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” (Mark 5:41)
  • “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” (Luke 18:13)
  • “Please heal her, oh God, I pray!” (Numbers 12:13)
  • “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6)
  • “Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” (Acts 9:34)

If a partial healing comes after a long prayer, it is difficult to know what part of the prayer or command was effective. Therefore, it may be necessary to repeat the whole prayer. However, short prayers are not always the best. When it is not possible to rapidly determine any progress, for example in the case of diabetes, frequent interviews do not help, unless there are some type of manifestations that can help understand what is happening. For example if the person feels an increase of heat with certain prayers, then these quick prayers and interview questions may be appropriate. Even if the quick prayers are appropriate, healing may not occur immediately after them, but only after a long period of prayer.

Be persistent. If you try a type of prayer or command and you have results but not complete healing, continue. Explain to the person why you repeat the same process so that they do not grow impatient when they hear the same prayer repeated.

Sometimes a person expects you to stop praying after the first time. If you perceive no results immediately after the first prayer, the person may grow impatient thinking that you should stop. Encourage the person to allow you to continue and explain that sometimes healing comes after repeated prayer. Continue praying until you perceive that God has ceased His activity, or when you feel you have prayed sufficiently.

If the healing comes partially and appears to have been blocked, wait a little while. Then continue praying for some time to see if the wave of healing will come again.

Observe the person’s behavior

  • You do not necessarily need to pray aloud all the time.
  • Explain that you may not always pray aloud.
  • Listen to the Holy Spirit – He may give some directions that you would not receive in any other way.
  • Pray with your eyes open – observe the person for whom you are praying.
  • Be careful to look for the signs that God is operating in the person for whom you are praying – for example the movement of the eyelids, any trembling throughout the body, or perspiration.
  • If you notice something is happening, or if the person mentions a change in the amount of pain or relief or any other type of progress, thank God and bless what He is doing and continue to pray in the way that brought on the progress.
  • If you are not accustomed to praying with your eyes open, this will require practice!
  • Use your normal tone of voice – yelling or praying in a loud voice does not make prayer more effective.
  • Do not preach, do not give counsel, and do not prophesy, just pray for the person.

See if there are obstacles to healing

A new interview may reveal obstacles to healing – if after some time, you do not see any more progress, continue the interview process.

  • “Can you try to remember again if any significant event happened around the time that your problem first appeared?” (Something may have happened that was forgotten in the first interview process)
  • “Does any other member of your family have the same problem?” (If this is the case perhaps, you are dealing with someone who is being affected by a hereditary spirit or curse.)
  • “Do you have excessive fear of anything?” (Fear can be the cause of various physical and spiritual problems)
  • “Is anyone in your family a member of Freemasonry?” (Involvement in Freemasonry or other occult organizations can interfere with healing.)
  • “Are you aware of anyone who has declared a curse over you or your family?”
  • “Have you ever had any other accidents?” (If the person has a predisposition for accidents evaluate whether he or she is under a curse)
  • “Have you ever participated in a game or practice of the occult?)

Consider other possible ways that an evil spirit may be present – If the problem has persisted for a long time, or if it is a sickness resistant to medical treatment, like cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s or AIDS, consider the possibility that there may be an evil spirit that is causing the condition or resisting the healing. If so, command it to be gone: “in the name of Jesus, I command any spirit of arthritis to leave this woman!”

Healing of the soul

Many times a person that request prayer for a physical problem also needs emotional healing – the healing of wounds that result from trauma, physical or emotional abuse, real or imagined rejection, frustrations or fear. These hurts can accumulate over a period of many years.

Pray for the healing of each emotional wound, just as you would with each physical problem. It is appropriate to ask if the Holy Spirit has placed other specific necessities on the mind of the person for whom you pray. Allow those who are receiving prayer the freedom to cry, you can even encourage them if they begin to cry. Allow God to use you to love them, comfort and console them.

The person is under medical treatment

You will have the opportunity to minister to people who are seeing psychologists or psychiatrists. This will probably not be a problem if you are ministering physical healing such as broken bones or back pains. However if there was healing of emotional problems, you should suggest that the person get approval from the doctor or psychiatrist concerning their prayer requests. This is especially important if they are on medication.

Sometimes a person that is using medicine for diabetes, asthma, arthritis, heart problems etc., believes that they received their healing when you prayed for them and they conclude that they can stop taking their medicine. You should never counsel someone to stop taking their medicine after ministering to them. The person’s medical doctor should make this decision if he thinks that it is appropriate.

People with multiple problems

Pray for one thing at a time. As a rule, it is better to finish praying for one problem before beginning prayer for another problem, unless the Holy Spirit guides you otherwise. Passing from one problem to another is a distraction and the faith of the person will grow if there is complete healing before moving to a different problem.

The sick person may request that you pray for a second problem as soon as you have finished praying for the first problem even though the first problem has not been resolved. Gently explained that it is best to pray for one thing at a time and persevere until healing comes.

In any case, it is important to prioritize the leading of the Holy Spirit! If the Holy Spirit clearly leads contrary to human instruction, we must recognize that He is Lord. If you are praying for someone with respiratory problems and their injured foot begins to throb inexplicably, stop praying for the respiratory problems and pray for the foot. Bless what God is doing and pray cooperating with what He is doing. Go back to the respiratory problems after the foot problem is resolved, or until the respiratory problem begins to manifest differently.

Remove any guilty feelings if there is no healing

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and expect to receive direction. Never allow the person for whom you are praying to assume guilt with respect to lack of results in prayer. Don’t make the person feel guilty if no healing comes. If you suspect that you have committed a mistake, do not worry, the Holy Spirit is bigger than your mistakes!

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