What should one say when he gets sick and wants God to heal him? What is this prayer like? What does the Bible say about healing? You can learn more here.
This question bothers a lot of people since we live in a sinful world with sicknesses and sufferings everywhere. That is why a lot of people turn to the Bible to seek an answer from God whether they can or can’t be cured or healed.
Let’s start with a story of healing we meet in the Bible. The biggest number of cases of healing we meet in the New Testament. When Jesus came to the Earth, He healed people a lot. It was God’s way to prove His divine purpose. Let’s check out one of the numerous situations when Jesus healed people. It is a son of one outstanding person as well as Peter’s mother-in-law. You can find this narrative in Matthew 8:5-17:
“When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” (Matthew 8:5-17)
Does this mean that God heals everyone?
Unfortunately, or luckily, no. He chooses whom He wants to heal. He said that
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
God’s commandment is to pray to Him whenever one is suffering or is sick. However, nowhere in the Scripture God promises that He will heal people for sure.
Think of the situation with Job. He was sick for a long time, even though he was righteous and I am sure prayed to the Lord multiple times. However, God had His own timing for everything. And sometimes He waits for us to humble ourselves and be ready to accept any decision He makes about our healing. Therefore, if you are sick and want to recover, you should be willing that God might say no or ask you to wait until it is the time for you to be healed. His ways and understanding of the situation are way beyond ours, so we might not understand everything correctly.
However, if you want to be healed through prayer, you need to trust God. Here is what James says about it: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” (James 1:6)
Prayers for healing should come from your heart. Since prayer is a conversation with God, tell Him what you feel like and that you trust Him in His decision that is the best for you in your life and the current situation you are in at the moment. Be honest, and trust Him with all of your heart.
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And also, important to bear in mind that “The Bible does not explicitly link physical healing with spiritual healing. Sometimes people are physically healed when they place their faith in Christ, but this is not always the case. Sometimes it is God’s will to heal, but sometimes it is not. The apostle John gives us the proper perspective:
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
God still performs miracles. God still heals people. Sickness, disease, pain, and death are still realities in this world. Unless the Lord returns, everyone who is alive today will die, and the vast majority of them (Christians included) will die as the result of a physical problem (disease, sickness, injury). It is not always God’s will to heal us physically.”
If you still don’t know what to say in a prayer for healing, here are Bible verses about healing we found in the Bible. They express the deep longing of the authors to be healthy and healed, yet they show how much they trusted that the Lord is not merely there to fulfill their desires. He is far beyond them, and first of all, he deserves to be worshiped even if He doesn’t do what they ask Him for.
“LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.” (Psalm 30:2-3)
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:2-5)
“Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14)
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, and He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes, we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)
“He shall call upon 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 91:15-16)
“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destruction.” (Psalm 107:19-20)
And finally, keep in mind that God is open to hearing the prayers of His children. If you never asked Him for forgiveness for all the sins you did before Him, and if Jesus is not your Savior, then first seek peace in the relationship with God, and then ask for healing if He wants to grant you it.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)
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