Heal The Sick!
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick
God wants us to pray with faith, boldness and the expectation that what we decree in prayer will come to pass. He has given us the authority in the Name of Jesus to issue decrees with daring audacity and have them established.
Some religious folks however gripe at our boldness, asking, “Who do they think they are, giving such decrees?” They expect us for instance, to pray and ask God to heal the sick, instead of taking it upon ourselves to command the sick to be healed in the Name of Jesus. Well, first of all, the Bible never says we should pray to God to heal the sick; rather, we’re to heal the sick.
There’s no place in the Scriptures where God asks that we pray to Him to heal the sick. In Matthew 10:8, Luke 9:2, Luke 10:9, Jesus charged the disciples to heal the sick; He didn’t ask them to pray to Him or to the Father to heal the sick. In Mark 16:17-18 He said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Jesus made it clear that we believers have been given the authority in His Name to heal the sick.
In the third chapter of the book of Acts, while Peter and John were at the gate of the temple called Beautiful, they met a man who was impotent in his feet; never walked from birth. Notice Peter’s language to the man: “…Silver and gold have I none;but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6).
He didn’t pray that God should heal the sick man. He was conscious of the authority he had and knew that though he couldn’t give the man money at that point in time, he could ‘give’ him healing in the name of Jesus.
No wonder Peter declared in 1Peter 2:9 GNB“But you are the chosen race,the King’s priests,the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light.”Ecclesiastes 8:4 says“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” The nature of God has been imparted to your spirit if you’re born again, therefore you’re to reign as a king in life (Romans 5:17).
When you pray for the sick, make bold decrees! Command the devils responsible for the sickness to come out and that the sick be healed in the Name of Jesus. And expect a change every time you issue such commands. This is the kind of prayer James refers to as the prayer of faith in James 5:15.
I thank you for my words are imbued with authority from the Spirit. Therefore, I speak forth authoritatively healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, casting out devils, and demonstrating God’s love to my world
in the Name of Jesus.
Matthew 10:7-8; Luke 10:8-9
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: John 21; 1 Chronicles 26-29
2 Year Bible reading plan: Mark 16:1-11; Deuteronomy 6