Power and Authority for Healing
Most of us have been taught that healing comes when we ask God to heal someone who is sick or injured. We pray and God hears our prayer and based on His knowledge of the situation He decides to either heal them or not. If this is how you believe healing takes place, I would ask you to set aside your beliefs for a while as we examine what the Bible teaches about the process of healing.
Most of us were taught how to pray by someone we respected. That first prayer may have sounded something like, “God, please bless mommy and daddy and our dog, Buster… in Jesus name, I pray, Amen!”
When we became older, our style of prayer probably changed. Some of us developed a bit more desperation; “God I really need this job! You know how much this means to me, so please hear me and make this job happen now… in Jesus name, I pray, Amen!”
It’s true that Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…” finishing with, “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.”
Some of us believe there is virtue in accepting the outcome of a situation, regardless of how it works out. “Lord, if it’s your will, please heal grandma of cancer, but if it’s not your will, give us the grace to accept her sickness and death.”
I don’t mean to be critical of those who offer such prayers in earnest. But most of us who pray this way seldom see people healed. After trying this approach and praying with hundreds of people but seeing almost complete failure, I discovered a better, more biblical approach. I suppose there’s nothing more insulting than to be told we don’t know what we’re doing when we pray. As people of faith, we pride ourselves on our prayer life. But we should ask ourselves if our prayers for healing are effective or not.
Over the last year, I would estimate that about 80 percent of the people I have prayed with have been healed. In a week when my faith was operating consistently, about half of them were healed instantly. In a typical week, I might pray with as few as ten or as many as 30 people for healing of different conditions. Occasionally, in a particular week, everyone I prayed with was healed.
You must understand that this kind of success is not guaranteed and my results from week to week may vary greatly. I have some weeks, where the success rate may be closer to 30 percent, but that happens only rarely. A number of friends have reported a 100 percent healing rate for a particular weekend of ministry. The success we have is the result of using a different approach to prayer. At this point, you may be wondering why we aren’t setting up camp at cancer clinics if we have this kind of success. Unfortunately, it’s incredibly difficult to find anyone in health care who will take you seriously when your specialty is faith healing.
Supernatural healing is not yet accepted as a valid form of treatment by most hospitals and clinics. Even when hospitals employ chaplains, they don’t expect them to work miracles. Their role is primarily emotional support and grief counseling.
On September 2, 2010, I had a dream in which I was standing on the edge of eternity with a group of friends who operate in healing. Pete Cabrera and Jessie Campbell were two of the people with me. While I gazed into eternity, Jessie approached and handed me a scroll. I knew what was written on it. It had a declaration that said, “You have been given authority over all the power of the enemy.” I took the scroll and wrote the words down.
Then I approached another person and read the declaration to him and he wrote it down.
The dream was a revelation of an eternal promise given to those who want to heal the sick. We know that some forms of sickness are planned and carried out by the enemy. But we have been given authority over sickness, disease, trauma, and all other powers of the enemy.
Largely due to the teaching of men like Andrew Wommack and Curry Blake, many believers have begun to see the kind of success in healing achieved by Jesus and His disciples. These believers have a confidence and tenacity you won’t find elsewhere in the Church. They tend to function as a kind of spiritual police, arresting sickness and disease and enforcing the principles of God’s kingdom.
The truth about healing will come as a shock to most Christians and it will challenge their theology. When you review the individual healing accounts recorded in the New Testament, you’ll find that not once did Jesus or His disciples ask God the Father to heal a sick or demonized person. A few people begged Jesus for healing, but Jesus never asked His Father to heal them, nor did the disciples. That fact ought to make us reconsider how we approach healing.
If it wasn’t His approach to ask His Father to heal the sick, what approach did Jesus use? Let’s have a look.
When Jesus was summoned by the Roman Centurion to heal his servant, the soldier recognized the authority He had over sickness. Here is one of the keys to healing – it’s a matter of authority. Because the Centurion understood how authority works, his faith was able to apprehend healing for his servant. No prayer was involved; Jesus spoke a word and the servant was healed. It was a simple transaction involving the faith of the Centurion and the authority of Jesus. There are a number of other healings that occurred in this manner, recorded in Matthew chapter 8.
Although He used slightly different approaches in each encounter, Jesus usually spoke a word of healing, touched the sick person or in some way transferred power to them. He didn’t ask His Father to heal them.
A few passages from the New Testament when taken together reveal the plan Jesus had for His disciples in regard to healing and deliverance. It’s actually a simple outline for operating in healing. As recorded in Matthew chapter 10, Jesus chose twelve disciples and commissioned them to go out to the cities of Israel. These were His
instructions to them:
“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.”
He gave them authority over all the power of the enemy:
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
He revealed a few of the things His disciples would do:
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
After He was resurrected He told them they would receive power:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
He gave His disciples assignments for healing, deliverance and raising the dead, and He gave them the power and authority to do them. Now let’s have a closer look at the kind of power and authority He gave
Authority to Heal
Faith isn’t the only factor involved in healing. Some healers have great faith, but lack an understanding of their authority. The word for “authority” which is found in Luke 10:19 is the Greek word, exousia. I looked up this word in Strong’s Concordance and found the following definitions:
- Power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases
- The ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises
- The power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)
Power to Heal
Faith and authority are two of the keys to healing, but there is a third key we must understand – power. Jesus gave power to His disciples. What kind of power did He give them?
The Greek word translated “power” in Acts 1:8 is the word dunamis. Strong’s Concordance gives the following definitions:
- Strength, power, ability
- Inherent power, or power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
- Power for performing miracles
The authority we have is the legal right to do the things Jesus commanded us to do. The power He gave us (the anointing) is the operation of the Holy Spirit in us. These definitions speak of power and authority that reside with the individual. While our authority is ultimately tied to the authority of Christ, it is given to us and it may be exercised by us in whatever way we choose.
The power for healing is a manifestation of the kingdom of God that permanently resides in us. Once we’ve been given power and authority to heal the sick, we never need to ask God to do it. We have the power and authority to heal them ourselves. This power and authority is how Jesus and the disciples healed and it is no different for us today.
We’ve noted that some people were healed when power left Jesus as He passed by them. The woman healed of the bleeding disorder is one example. Some people feel heat or tingling sensations when I pray with them and some feel nothing at all. Yet many of them are healed, whether they feel anything or not. Some people feel power leaving their bodies when they pray for others, but I do not. The only thing I feel is the presence of God around me.
We must understand that the power to heal resides with us. It is true that the power does not originate in us. It comes from God. But it comes to us and is released through us by the power of the Holy Spirit operating in us. We are something like portable power stations walking the earth. How marvelous it is that He has placed His treasure in these very earthen vessels.
Before we close, I want to share one more point about authority:
The Bible says that believers have been seated (past tense) with Christ in heavenly places (see Eph. 2:6). It also says that Christ is seated on a throne in heaven beside His Father (see Eph. 1:20). If we have been seated with Him, then we are also seated on a throne in heaven – which is our seat of authority. We rule and reign beside Him.
Rulers who reign from their throne do not engage their enemy directly in battle. They simply make declarations from their seat of authority and their declarations are carried out. It is the fact that they occupy a seat of established authority that allows their spoken commands to be carried out. It’s not the individual, but the seat they occupy that grants authority. If they were not seated on a throne, their commands would not have the same effect. Once we understand how to occupy our seat of authority in heaven, and how to rule from it, everything we do takes on a different dimension. The exercise of our authority is not limited to healing. It extends to all areas of life.
Most of us have been taught incorrectly about prayer and healing. We haven’t been informed about our power and authority. I don’t want to be too critical of church leadership and this isn’t meant to be a book on theology. But there are some erroneous things being taught in the Church that need to be corrected.
Many of us have cried out to God to do something for our loved ones as they lay dying of cancer. God has already done all that He needs to do. He paid for their healing and He gave us the power and authority to heal them. The thief comes to our house to steal, kill and destroy the people we care about. If the tongue holds the power of life and death, then your mouth is a loaded gun, a weapon that destroys sickness and disease. Isn’t it time you started using it? If you haven’t begun to exercise this power and authority, there’s no time like the present. Go ahead, step out of the boat and watch the power of God begin to work through you.
This is an excerpt from my book Divine Healing Made Simple.
Great word PM!!!
Persecutions for JESUS’ Name sake in many forms are a given… But know that HIS EXTRAORDINARY SOVEREIGNTY RULES all things! HE says “Goooooooo” and miracles, sings and wonders will follow! BOW = Believe, Obey, Worship to our KING of kings, CHRIST JESUS!
Praying Medic, you have such a nice way of explaining yourself in such a clear way. You deliver what is simple in a simplified manner. I like that about you. I’ve prayed some of the old ways that you described years ago. However, I know my authority, now. How can we miss it? It’s in the scriptures. Thank you for helping us “get it.”
Great word, PM. The church has long taught on being crucified with Christ, and risen with Christ…but always seemed to shy away from teaching about being seated with Christ. When the church really starts to realize where they are seated…they are going to rock this world. Jesus knew who he was, and people could tell it…that’s why no one ever came to him and asked for prayer…they just asked for healing. It’s so exciting to see the church now starting to rise up more and more into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Great times ahead!
Not knowing our rights or not exercising our rights is like living in the dark while holding a lamp in our hands simply because we do not know that what we have in our hand can defeat darkness. It is time to exercise power and authority,
Sounds almost too good to be true.
It does sound very good, Richard. Really good. When so many of us were taught, even if not by word, surely by example, to pray and hope for God to do something, it’s almost hard to believe that Jesus simply sent his disciples out to heal the sick. How did we miss this? These are exciting times, as believers are taking a fresh look at what Jesus REALLY told us to do. So awesome!
Awesome – Like Making Staight the Path for HIS BRIDE to Become Like Him. TY Again.
For many years I have been onto this – “GREATER WORKS will YOU DO – Becuase You have Beleived …”. And seems every where I tried to share it – I would get clobbered with “It is not You doing the Works It is HIM.” – Ok semantics (It’s Him in ME – Thought via the Holy Spirt and Born Again Experience we ARE CO-Laborers and CO Heirs with Him.) and those who are pastor/priest we take as IN AUTHORITY – when you put yourself under someone’s authority (and not directed by GOD) you really are doing Your Ministry a Dis-service for Under a mans authority or Covering You miss Out on the Annointing of the Son in John chapter 3 near the end of the Chapter – “The SPIRIT is Given to the SON WITHOUT MEASURE.” People are running here and there for this annointing and that annointing when IT’S Right There in The Born Again Experience. A GREATER ANNOINTING then anyone in skin can impart to You. CHEERS
Thankyou,I am praying for Wendy Webb to get a heing she rescently became ill.
I heard you this week on Sid Roth and I felt led to immediately get your materials he offered. But tonight I checked out your website and I’m so glad I did. This is such good info that I have missed in the 42 years I’ve been saved!! Thank you so much for making this available!!! I can’t wait to read more. It makes so much sense to me because “by His stripes we are healed”; It’s already done!! May God continue to bless you and use you to be a blessing to us!
Do you know of anyone healed of ALS?
Here are liinks to a couple of testimonies:
1 Corinthians 12 1-31 The word from God… not all are given the same gifts…but together as the BODY OF CHRIST the manifestation of the spirit is given for the common good… read in its entirety and you will see that no one can teach you to heal, as not everyone has been given that gift.. to say that you can learn by reading these books for sale on this site and praying with authority is going to show you how to heal, because we all have this ability Is in my opinion a false teaching.
Praise God!! Everything you shared was right on. However, you failed to address the major reason why many people do not receive the healing that Jesus paid a terrible price for us to receive. There are no barriers to healing on God’s side. But, there are barriers in the life of God’s people. Unforgiveness, Unbelief and Uncontested sin are just a few. Even the power, anointing and authority of Jesus couldn’t overcome these barriers. Repentance, deliverance and emotional healing were needed. Luke 4:18 is a process for healing. not just a list of what Jesus did, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 4:18-19
It’s one chapter from the book. Other chapters cover the issues you mentioned.