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Many Christians go into ministry and stand on a principle of  what they call “the authority of the believer”. What this means is that they apply certain New Testament scriptures that gives them authority to lay hands on the sick, cast out demons etc. What I want to show here is that believers who simply put scripture in action, are missing one big component to their ministry, relationship with the Lord.

In the days of Adam, God was determining everything that was good for Adam. Furthermore, throughout the old testament, every true prophet of the Lord  received instruction from the Lord before doing something. The bible says in John 1:1-3 and in Colossians 1:16-17 that all things were created by Jesus and for the Glory of Jesus. On the contrary, things that are done without the Glory of Christ in mind, or without the premeditation of the Lord will are not done to the Glory of Christ, but to the glory of another. In John 15:5-6 the bible goes so far as to say any work outside of Christ is a dead work and shall be unfruitful.

Believers who pray for the sick will often quote scriptures like “Matthew 10:8, or Mark 16:17-18” to validate that there actions are in accordance with scripture. They’ll say things like “I’ve been given authority to pray for the sick in Jesus name”. While this is true, and acting upon The Word of God produces fruit ( Luke 6:47-48) relationship cannot be neglected. In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus said “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”. The question becomes, why didn’t Jesus quote this verse when praying for the sick or while being questioned by the Pharisees? We see here that Jesus was given a similar mandate to us (Matthew 10:8, Mark 16:17-18) yet His approach to ministry was not “I’ve been given authority to do this, or this is what I was called to do”. We’ll see that Jesus had a very different approach to the way He both acted in ministry and the way He justified what He was doing.

 

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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!!