Healing is the children’s bread; Matthew 15:26, the question is why do we still struggle with sicknesses and diseases? Could it be that we are not praying effectively for our healing? If Salvation includes health, why do we still battle with an unhealthy life?
Praying effectively for healing is one thing we all long for as believers. We all want to know how to say the right prayers so we can get that healing as soon as possible. Now, let me say this – salvation is a package that contains good and perfect gifts. James 1:17. God’s will for us is to live in perpetual victory in every aspect of our life. Everything that concerns us!
James 5:16 makes us understand that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man makes tremendous power available. All prayer is meant to be effective because prayer is the key that unlocks doors. Below are 12 ways to learn to pray effectively for your healing:
1. Understand Prayer as a concept
For one to pray effectively for anything, including healing, we have to know what prayer is not. Prayer is not a tool for manipulation. According to Andrew Murray; Prayer is not a monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice in response to mine is the essential part.
You do not pray because you want to manipulate God into doing your bidding. Effective prayer is praying God’s will for you. Jesus shows a good example of this in the Garden of Gethsemane. Matthew 26: 39, 42. The question would be how do you know what God’s will is? That’d lead us to the next point.
Matthew 7: 7 says ‘ask and it shall be given.’ James 4: 2 says ‘you lust and have not; you kill and desire to have and cannot obtain; you fight and war, yet you have not because you ask not.’
God has more to tell us that we are willing to hear. If we want to know God’s will for our health, we can simply ask Him. His will is always found in His word. This is one key way to pray effectively – in His will!
3. Knowing God’s Will
It is a great thing that God did not decide to hide his will from us; instead, he put it clearly in the pages of the Bible. To pray effectively, one must know God’s will. God’s will is his word.
We cannot expect to have an effective prayer life when we don’t have God’s word built into our spirit. It is God’s will that you live in health. Know this; never has God wanted you sick, not even as a form of punishment. It is, therefore, wrong to make statements like ‘God is using this sickness to punish me for what I did wrong.’
God is not a man; He doesn’t operate on our level of knowledge. If He sent His only Son to the cross to take away your sickness, will he then use that same thing he took away to punish you? 3 John 2 says Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospers (emphasis mine).When you know God’s will for you is great health, you would pray with that revelation knowledge.
4. Understand that God wants you well
There is a difference between knowing something and understanding it deeply. When you understand something deeply, it means it has sunk into your spirit and that it becomes more real to you than anything else. This is how God’s word should be to you.
To pray effectively, you have to think in pictures. You have to have a revelational knowledge and understanding of God’s will for you regarding your health.Until you learn to take God at his word concerning your health, you cannot pray effectively about it. Dave Earley tackles this in his book 21 Most Effective Prayers of The Bible. The best guide to praying effectively is God’s word.
5. Build God’s Word in your spirit
It is important you understand that God’s word is your spiritual immunity. God’s word is medicine to our flesh according to Proverbs 4:20-22. How can we pray effectively for healing, when we have no reservoir of God’s word?
Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks so if there is nothing of God’s word in your heart, what would your prayer be like?
The truth is if God’s word isn’t in your heart; then there are other words in your heart. There would be the doctor’s words, words from friends, advice from the internet etc. a lot of ‘words’ are struggling to take the place of God’s word in your life, which is why when some people settle down to pray, their prayer is full of unbelief.
You cannot consistently feed on the wrong words and expect to pray effectively. God doesn’t listen to doubt, He looks out for faith and faith stands on the pillar of God’s word. Hebrews 11:6 says ‘without faith, it is impossible to please God.’ How much of God’s word do you have in you while you pray?
6. Pray in Faith
James 1:6, 7 says ‘But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering…for let, not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord.’ It has been said that prayers that God doesn’t hear our prayers said out of doubt. Whenever you want to pray effectively to receive your healing, remember to do it in faith. Faith is the currency which we use to obtain things from the kingdom.
It is our password into enjoying the blessings made available for us in Christ, ‘…the just shall live by faith.’ To ensure effective prayer for our healing, it is essential that we build our faith in God’s word. Find out what God’s word has to say about sickness and pray with it.
This may sound weird. Like what does forgiveness have to do with getting healed? But guess what, unforgiveness is the one thing Jesus pointed out could hinder your prayers. Matthew 5:22-2.
This simply means that there’s no need to pray if you hold something against someone in your heart because that prayer won’t be answered. Therefore, to pray effectively, we have to make sure our hearts bear no grudges or unforgiveness.
8. Confess God’s Word
A confession is a form of prayer because it is saying what God has said. It is applying God’s word by speaking it. What better way to pray effectively for healing than to say over and over again, what God’s word says about your healing?
The unique thing about confession is that you speak to your body.
You tell your body what God’s word said about healing. Since prayer is a form of communication, you would communicate God’s word to your body. Scriptures such as Romans 8:11 ‘…But if the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you’ would come in handy.
The Bible makes us understand that the power of life and death is on the tongue that is to say that you activate the power when you speak words. Bear in mind also that your body hears you. When Jesus was to raise Lazarus from the dead, He only spoke words and it was done.
9. Pray Without Ceasing
1Thes 5:17 gives a clear instruction. If you must pray effectively, it doesn’t have to be done at a particular time, place or in a particular posture. When believing God for something specific, as healing, it is important that you are conscious enough to live a ‘prayed’ life.
This simply means, being in constant communication with heaven. You don’t have to act spooky for this to be effective. Muttering a few words to God concerning your healing at different points in the day could do the trick.
10. Get A List of Healing Scriptures
In the physical realm, when defending a case, it is important you have enough evidence to support your case. The same applies to spiritual things; you have to accumulate enough scriptures to feed on while praying for your healing.
When Jesus was tempted by the devil after his fast, for every temptation, Jesus countered with a scripture. This is how we ought to attack any unwanted situation in our lives.
11. Engage in the prayer of thanksgiving
It would be wrong for you to think that prayer only has to do with making requests of God. In truth, prayer should always begin with thanksgiving. In John 10:41, when Jesus was to raise Lazarus up, the first thing he did was offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for what He had done.
Jesus did not approach Lazarus’ death as a problem to be solved, but as one which had already been completed. When we look at our healing as something which has already been completed when Jesus died on the cross, it would be easier for us to thank God for. Thanksgiving is a seal that shows that we believe. This is another way to pray effectively for healing.
The prayer of thanksgiving almost always birth songs of praises in our hearts. David was a man of praise. He never short-changed God in that area, hence he was often referred to as the man after God’s own heart.
While thanking God for answers to your prayers for healing, endeavor to burst in praises. Praise him even when you don’t feel like and you would find your body beginning to conform to the prayers and praises.
Praying effectively for your healing doesn’t have to be as hard. Put the above-mentioned tips to good use and you will see the difference in your health.