These steps to healing prayer are powerful; they focus on acceptance and surrender to God’s protection, love and will for your life. Learn how to pray, to heal, and to grow upwards in freedom and joy. Learning how to pray is itself healing – even if your prayer for healing isn’t answered the way you expect.
If you need a prayer for healing because of infertility or pregnancy issues, read How to Pray for a Baby. Take time to scroll through the comments section, and feel the prayers of women who are praying for healing and the blessing of a family. Below, I share what I’ve been learning about how to pray to be healed from an affliction, ailment, or addiction.
What is your prayer for healing; who or what are you praying for? Feel free to share your written prayers in the comments section below. The more you pray, the more comfortable you’ll become with the idea of praying for healing.
My husband and I struggled with infertility, and I have ulcerative colitis. We prayed for healing from infertility resulting from azoospermia. God didn’t bless us with a baby, but I don’t feel like He didn’t answer our prayer for healing.
Sometimes God heals us in ways we don’t expect. Sometimes we find ourselves healed from emotional issues when we prayed for physical things. God does heal in powerful ways…and we have to be open to accepting and surrendering to His healing. Knowing how to pray isn’t as important as being open to His will for our lives and circumstances.
Here’s what I’ve learned about praying for healing…
How to Pray a Powerful Prayer for Healing
Every morning I write to God in my journal. Here’s what I wrote yesterday:
“Father God, You are so compassionate, caring, patient, loving and powerful! Your infinite patience and grace amazes me. You wait and wait for me to come back to You, You give and give…and You never run out of love. Jesus, You are a never ending river of love and freedom, safety and shelter. You don’t insulate me from the pain of the world or my own mistakes…You carry me through. I feel the suffering, but I am not alone. I am strengthened, energized, buoyed up by You. Thank You Jesus, I love You and will never let You go! Amen.”
Share your wonder and awe at His power, love, and majesty
Before you fall into your prayer for healing, take a few moments and think about who God is.
This isn’t about how to pray; it’s about recognizing how amazing and awesome He is! We are so tiny and vulnerable, so fragile and weak. We wouldn’t be alive without Him. Our first prayer shouldn’t be for healing, it should be a prayer of wonder and humility at His amazing power, love and grace.
What amazes you about God? I’m astounded not just that He created the mountains, oceans, and solar system. Everything that exists is full of wonder and mystery. Did you know that bumblebees have ticks? I can’t imagine how tiny a bumblebee tick must be.
Start your prayer for healing with a simple acknowledgement of how great and good God is. Humble yourself before the Lord of the earth. Don’t focus on “how to pray” – rather, just allow your heart and soul to bow before him.
Offer a prayer of gratitude for what God has given you
How has God answered your prayers for healing, courage, strength, or faith in the past? He has blessed you in many ways. Take time to marvel at what He has done for you, and to thank Him for what He has given you.
Most of all, thank Him for hearing your prayers. He loves you and knows everything about you. He listens to You and works all things together for your good. He know exactly what is happening to you, and He will walk you through it. Every step of the way, He will be there for you. This, then, is how to pray: start with a grateful, humble heart.
Are you coping with the end of a relationship? Read A Prayer for Healing After a Breakup.
Surrender to God’s wisdom before praying for healing
My friend’s eight year old daughter died last week. They fought leukemia with harsh toxic chemotherapy cocktails and bone marrow transplants for 18 months. It was a terrible ordeal, filled with pain and heartache and endless nights of emotional and physical suffering. There are no words to express how painful and heartbreaking it is.
She died, regardless of our prayers for healing. She didn’t die because we didn’t know how to pray. She didn’t die because we sinned or didn’t spend enough time praying for healing. She died for reasons we know nothing about.
Before you pray for healing, surrender to God’s supreme wisdom and will. God isn’t in our lives to answer our prayers; He’s in our lives to walk us home. Surrender to His presence, His love.
Know that regardless of how your prayers for healing are answered, He loves you deeply and unconditionally.
Make your prayer for healing an ongoing process
“The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts,” writes Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest. “Our blood flows and our breathing continues ‘without ceasing’; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops.”
He adds that prayer isn’t an exercise – so there is no one formula for “how to pray.” Rather, prayer is the life of the saint. Chambers exhorts us to maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time.
Pour out your fears, doubts, anger, and deepest longings
You’re searching for healing prayers because you’re anxious, scared, or even furious at this illness or affliction. Maybe it’s the worst thing that has ever happened to you. Or maybe something even worse has happened in your past, and you dread the thought of going through it again.
What would it feel like to be free? Part of learning how to pray for healing is sharing your worst fears, anxieties, and doubts with God. Take time to write down how you feel and what you fear. Don’t allow it to continue going round and round in your mind – it’ll just get darker and scarier and heavier to carry. Instead, get your journal or a piece of paper and write down everything you’re scared of.
You can include whatever is on your mind – including your prayer for healing. This is a powerful prayer because it’ll help you process your feelings…which will help you heal.
Take a deep breath and let go of your expectations
A Godly powerful prayer for healing must include the possibility that you won’t get what you want. It’s even more possible that you don’t know what you really want, because you actually don’t know what’s best for you. You may think it’s best for a child to live, but maybe the life would’ve included years of pain and suffering. You may think healing is the most desirable outcome, but maybe the alternatives have blessings within them.
When you pray for healing, let go of what you expect God to do. Pray for what you want to see happen in your life…but allow His will to be done. Remember Jesus on the night He was betrayed? He didn’t want to go to the cross. He sweat blood. He was anxious and alone. And yet He submitted to God, because He knew that Father knows best.
What to Do Next
Remember that prayer is an ongoing process, not a one-time thing. Your prayer for healing might change over time. This is good! It might mean you’re in touch with His Spirit and will. Allow God’s still small voice to help you overcome whatever is holding you back from surrendering to the life He has planned for you.
Read The Essential Guide to Healing: Equipping All Christians to Pray for the Sick by Bill Johnson and Randy Clark. They teamed up to equip all Christians to minister healing. They share inspiring and exciting stories – grounded in Scripture – and offer practical, proven, step-by-step guidance to ministering healing.
This book will help you:
- Understand your authority in the ministry of healing
- Walk out the ministry of healing with anyone you meet and in your personal life
- Receive and relay words of knowledge
- Implement and apply the five-step model of healing prayer
Praying the “right” prayers for healing isn’t just for pastors or priests. All believers can learn how to become powerful conduits for God’s healing power!
Share your thoughts and prayers. What is your prayer for healing? Who are you praying for, and what do you want to see healed or changed in your life?
What would it feel like to let go of your need to see that thing happen? While I can’t offer advice, I do read every comment. I encourage you to respond to other readers’ comments if you feel led, and to share your experience of learning how to pray.
If you get anxious and afraid when your healing prayers aren’t answered, read 6 Tips for Trusting God Despite Your Unanswered Prayers.
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