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Pursue healing through prayer

  • 2001 21 May
Pursue healing through prayer
When your body is suffering from an ailment of some kind, you can pursue the healing you need most effectively by combining medical treatment from God's natural world with prayer that releases God's supernatural power.

Here are some principles to help you as you seek healing:

  • Obtain as much information as you can on the nature of the illness you have, then use it to pray specifically for God to heal every element of that physical problem. For example, if you have arthritis, you could pray that the cartilage in your joints would become more pliable and elastic, and that the inflammatory cells that lead to swelling and pain would be removed from your joints.

  • Ask God to reveal the specific pathway He intends you to take for healing, so you can discern what you can do to foster your healing (such as changing your diet, taking certain medications or undergoing certain tests). Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you throughout the healing process, trusting that God will give you all the wisdom you need for every step.

  • Realize that Jesus bore all infirmities in His own body on the cross, and because of His sacrifice, He made healing possible for you in the spiritual, physical and mental realms. Ask God to manifest that healing in your body.

  • Confidently use your authority as a believer to command evil forces to stop attacking your body, and ask for God's spiritual protection over you.

  • Through your eyes of faith, envision yourself healed. Trust in God's power to heal you and anticipate your healing to the fullest extent of His will.

  • Write down the ways God has answered your prayers so you'll have a record of how your healing manifested. That record will give you confidence to approach God boldly the next time you need healing.

-- By Live It Editor Whitney Von Lake Hopler

Adapted from Prayers that Heal: Faith-Building Prayers When You Need a Miracle, copyright 2001 by Reginald Cherry, M.D. Published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.,

Dr. Reginald Cherry has practiced preventive medicine for more than 25 years. An ordained minister as well as a physician, Dr. Cherry presents a weekly television program, "The Doctor and the Word," that reaches about 80 million households.