Scripture Text: Mark 11:22-26
Memory Verse: “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 broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Luke 4:18
Lesson Aim: To outline the different methods available to us to receive healing.
God is eager to see the sick healed and to be released from their ailments. And so he has given us numerous methods whereby we can receive the healing which He has purchased for us. Since faith is the means by which anything is received from God, it is not surprising to find that each of these methods requires some degree of faith in order to be effective.
Not every believer is on the same level. So God has made these various ways of receiving healing available to us. God will meet us wherever we are in faith, so that we may receive healing from Him. Let’s look at six different methods whereby we can receive the healing He has purchased for us.
(1) Prayer. This is perhaps the most obvious method of receiving healing. It is the natural response of someone in need to seek God in prayer for deliverance. Jesus specified two basic forms of petition with which we could approach the Father to receive from His hand. They are: (a) the prayer of agreement; and (b) the prayer of faith offered in Jesus’ Name.
(a) The prayer of agreement. Jesus said, “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19). Jesus’ promise was that any need will be met, including that of healing, if two or more believers will stand together in faith as to the outcome of their prayer. God the Father will do whatever they had agreed upon. The central issue in this method is that of “agreement.” All parties involved must be of one mind as to God’s will in the matter and as to their faith in the final outcome. If the person seeking healing is prayed for and yet he himself still believes his illness to be the will of God, the prayer of agreement is of no effect. It is wise to first determine if everyone involved is indeed in agreement.
(b) The prayer of faith in Jesus’ Name. Jesus also told His disciples, “I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name. Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:23-24). This includes physical healing. The prayer of faith made in Jesus’ Name will bring results to those who are in need.
(2) Laying on of hands. The laying on of hands is by far the most commonly recorded method by which Jesus ministered to those who were sick. Although He sometimes simply spoke words over those who were ill (Matthew 8:7-8, 13; 9:6-7), most of the time He laid His hands on the sick to heal them. Jesus said, just prior to His ascension, that this practice would continue among those that believe (Mark 16:18).
(3) Anointing with oil. Anointing with oil has its roots in the Old Covenant, but when the disciples were sent out by Jesus to preach and heal the sick, the Bible records that they anointed the sick with oil and healed them (Mark 6:12-13). This was not a medicinal anointing, such as was common in that day (Luke 10:34). It was a sacred anointing which resulted in supernatural healing. Thus, James commands that the elders pray for the sick, “…anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14).
(4) Medicine and doctors. A commonly asked question concerning healing regards the place of medical science. A believer should never feel condemned if he uses the service of a physician. It is not necessarily “unbelief” to use medicine. Some have stopped using prescribed medication thinking that this outward action, in and of itself, was faith, and many have suffered needlessly because of this misunderstanding. A person can build his faith for complete deliverance while still on medication for an illness.
(5) The Word and the Name. As we have seen, the Word of God is explicit as to what belongs to us through the redemptive work of Jesus. When attacked by physical symptoms of sickness, we should stand on the Word of God and confess the truth of that Word which declares, “By His stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus the Messiah bore all sickness and pain. Thus we must have an understanding of our healing being a past-tense reality, rather than a future-tense expectation. Thus, He has given us His Word and the Name of Jesus to combat the forces of Satan and defeat them.
(6) Gifts of healing is another distinct method by which people can obtain healing from the Lord. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul lists nine spiritual gifts. Among these nine gifts is “the gifts of healing” (1 Corinthians 12:9). The original Greek makes both words plural, yielding gifts of healings (1 Corinthians 12:28). Kenneth Hagin defines the gifts of healings in the following way: “It is a supernatural manifestation of healing power through one individual to another for the common good”.1
Whenever one discusses divine healing, the question often arises: “What about those who fail to receive divine healing?” Did God fail them? Of course, we know God cannot fail. He is utterly faithful and true. However, know that Jesus is the only one that has had a 100 percent success rate. When a person is not healed, many times it may be due to ignorance, unbelief, doubt, fear, sin, or immorality in that person’s life blocking the power of God from flowing.
Interact with God’s Word:
- There are a number of different ways of receiving healing. What requirement is common to all of them?
- What are the two types of prayer that Jesus taught which can be used to receive healing from God? Briefly explain each with these Scriptures. Matthew 18:19 and John 16:23-24
- Why did Jesus lay His hands on the sick, and what was occurring when He did? What does this show us about the laying on of hands? Matthew 8:14-15; Mark 1:41; Luke 4:40; 5:12-13
- What is the purpose of anointing with oil? Exodus 30:25, 26; 1 Kings 19:16; Psalm 133:2; Mark 6:12-13; James 5:14
- List five methods given in this lesson for receiving healing, with a Biblical example for each one.
- Is it always unbelief for a believer to take medicine? Discuss.
- What are some of the hindrances to receiving healing? Hosea 4:6; Matthew 17:17, 20; Mark 6:5-6; Matthew 13:57-58; Hebrews 10:35; Psalm 66:18; Mark 11:25; 1 Peter 3:12