How to Receive Healing

Since the days of the Old Testament, God has always wanted His people free from sickness and disease—cancer, arthritis, AIDS, heart trouble, even the common cold. And nothing more clearly reflects God’s will for our well-being than the earthly ministry of Jesus, who spent much of His time healing the sick.

That’s nice, you may be thinking, but that was 2,000 years ago. How do I get the “will of God” to manifest in my body today?

Well, first consider this: Believing that God can heal your body should be no different for you than believing He can forgive your sin. And yet, that truth becomes even more powerful when you realize that, not only can He forgive you and heal you—He already has!

God’s provision for the healing of your body and the forgiving of your sin are just two of the many benefits you received when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Your forgiveness and your healing were secured for you.

But while it is important to realize that healing indeed belongs to you as a believer, it is just as important to know how to apply God’s Word to your life so you can activate that healing…when you need it.

The following is a list of ways you can activate or implement the healing that already is yours. Study the scriptures listed and meditate on them. Then allow the Holy Spirit to reveal how you can apply them in your circumstances.

Believe the Word for Yourself.
Proverbs 4:20-23; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 13:15, 21:22

This is the highest form of faith. It may be difficult to believe God’s promises to you at first because the physical circumstances are probably screaming just the opposite of God’s Word at you. So train yourself to look at God’s Word, not at the evidence of your five physical senses. Hear the Word, receive it by faith, stand on it—you need no further evidence.

Call for the elders of the Church.
James 5:14

The elders or leaders in your church should be people of great faith, people who know how to pray the prayer of faith. There certainly is no certificate that can be handed out which automatically qualifies someone as an elder in the Body of Christ. So be sure that the church leaders who come to pray for you are well established in faith.

Pray the Prayer of Agreement or the Prayer of Binding and Loosing.
Matthew 16:17-19, 18:18-20

When two or three believers get together in Jesus’ Name, He is there too. And if they ask anything and agree in prayer, it is done.

Pray the Prayer of Faith.
John 16:23; Mark 11:24; James 5:15

A very simple form of prayer involves more than just praying, “Heal me, Father.” The proper way to pray in faith is, “Father, in Jesus’ Name, I ask You for a manifestation of my healing. I believe I receive it now and I thank You for it.”

Watch how you pray, that your attitudes are straight. Make a point of praying in faith, speaking right words in prayer. And remember to believe you receive when you pray.

Receive the laying on of hands.

There are two ways to receive the laying on of hands—where people of faith actually lay their hands on your body and believe you are healed as a result: 1) by any believer (Mark 16:15-20), and 2) by special ministries (I Corinthians 12; Hebrews 6:1-2).

Speak words of faith.
Proverbs 12:6, 13-14, 18:20-21; Mark 11:23, 5:22-28

This overlaps with number one. When you believe the Word for yourself, you will automatically speak words of faith. This involves more than just saying “I am healed” a couple of times. You have to dedicate yourself, your time and your efforts to receiving the very best God has to offer. Both Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood spoke the desired end result. They spoke faith-filled words—so can you.

Have faith in the Name of Jesus.
Acts 3:6, 16; John 14:12-14; I John 3:23

Jesus’ Name carries all the authority of Jesus Himself. When Peter spoke in Jesus’ Name, it was as if Jesus were speaking. He didn’t pray for the man at the gate called Beautiful. He spoke words of faith—in Jesus’ Name. In the same way and with the same authority, you can speak to your affliction.

Partake of the Lord’s Supper.
Exodus 12:3-11; I Corinthians 11:23-30

This is a fundamental way to receive healing that has been overlooked by the Church in recent history. When you receive the body and the blood of our Lord Jesus, you should be keenly aware that you are standing on the Blood Covenant of the New Testament, and acting according to the Word of God.

As we remember the body and the blood, we should not only judge ourselves concerning sin, but we should judge ourselves concerning sickness as well. After all, Jesus paid a high price for both of them. By receiving Communion, we are partaking of everything Jesus’ sacrifice provided—salvation, peace, prosperity and healing.

Stand, knowing the New Testament is true.
I Peter 5:5-7; Romans 4:20-21

Accept the New Testament as absolute truth. Don’t be moved by how you feel. True humility as seen in the Bible means standing before God in obedience to His Word and casting ALL your care on Him. True Bible humility says, “I don’t look healed. I don’t feel healed,” but God’s Word says, ‘with His stripes we were healed,’ so I must be healed. I accept the Word rather than the circumstances.”