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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Prayer for healing

When we pray for healing, we do not need long impressive chain of vocabulary or to have the right methodology. There is no need for dramatic showmanship, waving, snapping of fingers etc. I am convinced that when we pray, we only need two things. Presence of God & Power of God.

Matthew 13: 58
Now he did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Jesus himself was not able to perform any miracles because the people in his own town did not believe. Jesus was present, but because they did not believe, there was no miracle.

Ex 33:14-18
And He said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest" Then he said to Him, 'If your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here..."

Moses would not move until He has God's presence and the lord said to Moses "I will also do this thing that you have spoken for you have found grace in my sight, and I know you by name.: And he said, Please, show me your glory."

Moses encountered the glory of God at Mt. Sinai and yet he seeked the presence of God to go with him.

Luke 5:17b
"... and the power of the Lord was present to heal them."

In order to do God's work, it has to be done his way. We do not seek the perfection of a christian walk, but a pure heart. One that is saturated with his Spirit and a vessel that is pure so that his presence can dwell in us.

Luke 11:2
Jesus said to his disciples, when you pray, say

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation. But deliver us from the evil one.

There is only 1 model prayer and the only longest prayer Jesus uttered. Many people confused power with length of prayer, amount of words used or how intensely one prays. Jesus prayer was often authoritative, short and decisive. True power does not depend on how loud a prayer is or how wordy it is. Let's see how Jesus prayed for the sick.

Demon-Possessed Man Healed
Mark 5:8
For he said "come out of the man, unclean spirit!"

Girl Restored to Life
Mark 5:41
The he took the child by the hand and said to her :"Talitha, cumi" Which translates, " Little girl, I say to you, arise." Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age.

Unclean Spirits Cast Out
Mark 1:25
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "be quiet, and come out of him!" And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.

Boy is Healed
Mark 9:25
He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it "Deaf & dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!"

To God be the glory.