“Would you pray for me?” the young woman asked, head bowed and eyes hidden from my gaze by her long, dark hair.

“It would be my honor. How would you like me to pray for you?” I asked as I took her hands in mine, after handing her a tissue to dry her eyes as the cascade of tears began to flow.

“I need God to heal me…” her voice barely a whisper now, as the tears caught in her throat.

I took a moment to ask the Holy Spirit how I should pray, and then I began:
Father, I thank you that you are always with us, ready to listen as we bring our desires, our needs to you. I thank you that you care about all that concerns us, and that you catch every one of our tears that fall. I thank you that in your Word, you say that it is your desire that we would prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers. I thank you that because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, by His stripes we are healed…”

I continued to pray as her shoulders shook, the sobs now coming easy while the weight of her sorrow fell from her shoulders. As I finished praying for her, she asked if she could give me a hug, and I happily consented, before she asked, “How did you know what to pray?”

I smiled, as I remembered asking this very question of a mentor many years before.

“Well,” I paused, “first I asked the Holy Spirit how to pray, and then I prayed God’s Word back to Him.

She looked at me with confusion written across her creased forehead.

“You see, God tells us in the Bible that His word will not return void until it accomplishes what it was sent out to do. In essence, when we pray back God’s Word to Him, we come into agreement with what He has already said and trust Him to do as He has said He will do. We know we are within God’s will when we pray the same words He has already given us.”

“so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NIV)

We hugged again before she thanked me then left. But our interaction stayed with me in the forefront of my mind for quite some time.

How many times in the past, when I was in the middle of a difficult spot, did I lack the words to pray other than a feeble “Help…”? or a simple, yet complete, “Jesus…” And then there have been the times when my tears were the most honest prayer I could offer.

I’ve had the honor to pray for many desiring healing, not because there is anything magical about my prayers, but simply because I was a willing vessel.

Are you in need of healing in some area of your life? Physical? Emotional? Financial? Relationships?

God declares in the Scriptures that His Word heals: “He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.” (Psalm 107:20 NLT)

When you are in need of God’s healing touch, there is no better prayer than to pray back His word to Him. He wants to work in us to fulfill His will for our lives: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT)

Don’t know where to start? In addition to Psalm 107:20 above, you might consider the following verses:

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5 NIV)

“And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.” (Acts 20:32 NLT)

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 42:11)

 

“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.” (3 John 1:2 NLT)

“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.” (Proverbs 4:20-22 NLT)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” (Malachi 3:10 NLT)

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91 NIV)

As you pray, believe that He can and will heal you, and begin thanking Him in advance for what He is going to do.

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

Can I pray for you?

Father God, oh how grateful I am that you never leave us or forsake us. You have said in your word that it is your desire to see us prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. I pray for this dear one reading these words today. Lord, you know the area in need of your healing touch. You have said in your word that by His stripes we are healed. We claim healing now, in Jesus’s name and because of His sacrifice. Thank you Lord that you have said that when we trust you and look to you as our shelter and refuge, you will protect us from deadly pestilence. Thank you for your word, which you have said is useful for correction, which includes correcting anything that is wrong in our physical bodies, in our emotional state of mind, and in our spiritual weakness. Thank you that your Word brings life. I thank you in advance for all you are doing and are going to do to restore life to the dead and dying places. I thank you, in Jesus’s name, Amen.

 

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