John Wimber’s 5-Step Model for Healing Prayer

I was miraculously healed as a baby by the prayers of my parents and pastor. You can read it in my testimony where I detailed the whole event. I believe God still heals today. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb 13:8). I write more about God’s PHD (preaching, healing, deliverance) program here.

In my search about healing prayers, I came across John Wimber’s 5-step model for healing prayers. It is not a formula that manipulates God but rather a guide. God is the only one that heals, not the person praying. We are merely a conduit.

Step 1: The Interview

Introduce yourself, ask for their name.

Where does it hurt or what would you like me to pray for?

Natural level – what can you see?

Supernatural – ask God for Words of Knowledge, discernment, visions, words

It’s not a medical interview- get the facts

Move to the next stage when ready – you know the cause, God tells you what to do

Step 2: The Diagnosis

Why do they have this condition?

Natural causes – disease, accident

Sin – committed by them or against them

Emotional hurts causing physical or other pain

Relationship problems – lack of forgiveness

Supernatural – may be demonic

Keep asking for God’s help.

Ask them questions if appropriate.

Step 3: Prayer Selection

What kind of prayer shall I pray to help this person?

Ask the Holy Spirit to come and minister to the person

Body – lay on hands and ask for God to heal

Keep praying.

Command of faith Acts 3:6

Pronouncement – of faith John 4:50

Demonic – rebuke (break their power) bind them(contain) expel (get rid)

Step 4: Prayer engagement

How are you doing?

Watch for the effects – keep your eyes open! Phenomenological signs (warmth, tingling, shaking etc)

Ask questions – find out what God is doing

Stop when – they think it’s all over, the Spirit tells you it’s over, you’ve run out of things to pray, when it’s going nowhere.

Remove your hands, talk to them to indicate you are stopping

Step 5: Post-Prayer Direction

What should they do to keep their healing? ‘Stop sinning’ John 5:14

Read their Bibles, spend time with God

Get involved or keep involved in the local church

Ask them to check with their doctor first. Don’t tell them to stop their medicine.

And if they’re not healed?

Reassure them that God loves them and encourage them to keep on asking. God is sovereign and may choose to heal them at another time.


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