How to Pray for the Sick -Part 1

Pray_for_sickThe first thing would be to prepare your self.  The power of God flows more freely through clean channel. Immerse yourself in the word of God and let your life and your mind be filled with his word. At the time when you ask the Holy Spirit to guide you on what to pray for the sick the Holy Spirit will then let you recall the word of God.
As long as the sick is still breathing – if not ready to meet the Lord, pray for healing,
2 Sam 12 : 22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
An understanding of the roots of sickness mentioned in the Scripture would help us know how to pray for the sick.
I. Illness can basically be placed in two classes: 
1. Organic   2. Functional
Organic diseases are those in which the mind or will has no part either in the origin  or its course thereafter. Functional diseases are caused by the mind or emotions of the patient. It is not always clear which diseases fall into which category. Many diseases that are organic at the onset may develop functional complication because of improper treatment and wrong attitude. Emotional factors can also cause organic disfunction such as stomach ulcers, asthma, warts, allergies, shingles etc. In many cases, they are closely intertwined. Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

The sources of illness may generally come from:
           1. It can be because by sin in your life
          James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”  


         John 5: 14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
2. It can come from environmental or demonic attack.
Example: H1N1, cancer,  demon possessed, trauma, people, mutation.
3. Normal illness that the Lord allows in your life.
John 9:3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope

4. Abuse/d or neglect.
II. Types of Healing:
·      Physical healing.
·      Emotional healing.
·      Spiritual healing – relationship with God
·      Mental healing.
·      Combination of the above.

Pray with faith- faith that comes by hearing…hearing the word of God. So ask the HS to guide you to pray according to God’s word. His promises, His character, His attribute and His works.
Always pray for restoration of relationship with God. If save, walking in obedience with God, accept the affliction with joy and an unfailing faith-faith that goes far beyond getting what we desire. If not save, for salvation.
James 5: 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.