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Some people struggle with praying for certain diseases because they feel as if the disease they are praying for was either never prayed for (by someone who knows how to pray for the sick as Jesus did) or cases of that disease actually being healed were rare.

Here are a few tips that may help you when praying for the sick:

i) Identity for the problem – Lets admit it, you’re thinking that you’re the only one who has ever prayed for that disease. Like even Jesus is sitting on the edge of his throne saying, “how’s he/she going to build up enough faith to pray for this one?”. Well understand this, your problem is vision. You can’t think of anyone in history praying for this disease and actually seeing it healed (not even Jesus) so you feel as if you’re alone and you can’t build up enough faith to move the mountain.

ii) Go to the bible – John 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”. Jesus had to use vision when healing the sick, so why shouldn’t you?.

iii) Example to prove point ii. Okay lets be real. Short legs growing out is kinda weird right? If you never seen anyone do this before, do you really believe you could do it if a group of atheist told you to do it? Come on be honest, you’ve definitely watched your fair share of Todd White videos which made you say hey, I can do that too!!!  So vision helps jump start your faith.

iv) Jesus set the precedent: Jesus healed every type of disease or ailment you’ll ever encounter. So “see” him doing it, and then pray for the darn disease!! Okay, okay, you need me to explain this point right? Sure, so lets take some common diseases people face and link them to a more general genre of disease Jesus healed.

  • Multiple Sclerosis – Crippled Woman: Luke 13:10-17
  • Arthritis – Man with withered hand: Matthew 12:10-13
  • Cancer/Tumor – Man with dropsy (edema): Luke 14:1-4
  • Amputee- Servant ear cut off: Luke 22-51
  • Wheel chair bound – Man with palsy: Matthew 9:2-7

Okay you get my point now. See Jesus doing the miracle then do it. After all, the bible does say in Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”

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Praying for the sick and seeing results can be a difficult thing. Most people who learn how to pray for the sick as Jesus demonstrated (not as Churches teach or demonstrate) see results but sometimes those results are hit and miss.

Here are a couple of strategies that may help you pray for the sick more effectively and see many more healed:

1) Believe what you say, fight off doubt.

2) Know that your words have actual tangible effect on the world. Studies show that people who use curse words tend to make people upset and people who use pleasant words tend to make people happy or more relaxed. So your words do have a tangible affect on the world. There understand mountains actually hear you and obey you (when your words are mixed with faith in what Jesus said about moving mountains).

3) Jesus only gave two ways to become great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3-4 where Jesus basically says that you have to become as little child to enter into the kingdom of heaven, which means, you have to believe that all things are possible with God. So stop analyzing and humble yourself as a child then you’ll be great.

4) The last ingredient is given in Matthew 23:11-12 and in Luke 9:46-48 where Jesus tells the disciples that whoever becomes the most childlike, the most humble, and serves the most will be the greatest. So if you want to be great at praying for the sick the way Jesus did, make sure you’re praying for a lot of people, hence serving the most!!

Many Christians do not believe that healing is for today, or some believe that its not always Gods will to heal. If you are one of those who hold on to either of these views, then consider the following:

Wasn’t Jesus the physical manifestation of God in the flesh? Jesus is God revealed in fleshly form (John 10:30, John 14:8-9). So his words were God the Fathers words. Jesus paid a price for healing (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:16-17). Jesus never denied anyone of healing back then (Matthew 4:23, Acts 10:38).Finally we know that Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8). So if you claim that healing isn’t for today, or its not always God’s will to heal, you’re effectively claiming that Jesus changed (since he never denied anyone of healing back then, how could he now?). Conclusion, the church is doing something wrong.