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
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.