God is undeniably all-powerful and all-knowing, and there is nothing He cannot do for us. Yet too often we rely on Him to automatically solve all our problems while doing nothing to help the situation ourselves.
God doesn’t want us to grow lazy in our walk with Him. He wants us to trust in Him to take leaps of faith in our time of need. God’s healing power is infinite, but sometimes God is waiting on us to ask for it rather than hand it to us.
So what things can you do to put yourself in the best position to receive God’s healing power?
1. Confess our sins.
James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Let’s examine the first part of this: “Therefore confess your sins to each other…” This verse implies that in order to be healed we must openly confess that we have sinned.
Why is this so important? Unconfessed sin is a like a barrier that damages our relationship with God. With unconfessed sin still in our lives it has the potential to prevent us from fully experiencing God’s healing power in our lives.
Not only that but unconfessed sin can actually hurt our health. In Psalm 32:1-5 David says, “When I kept silent my bones wasted away…your hand was heavy on me…my strength was sapped.”
When we confess our sin it alleviates the heavy burden that we carry which is why David described it as “Sapping his strength.” Its also our way of practicing humility and reminding us that our relationship with God should be the most important thing in our lives. Remember, true repentance involves confessing our sin AND having an attitude ready to turn from our sin.
2. Pray for others.
Next, James 5:16 says, “…pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Praying for each other out of love and concern also plays a vital role in healing. What if the only thing preventing you from God’s healing is simply reaching out and praying for someone else?
While its important to ask God for our own healing, we must also be willing to pray for other members of the body of Christ as well. Adopting an attitude to serve others for God’s glory, not your own, will only help put you in a better position to receive God’s healing power.
3. Through the laying of hands.
In Acts 4:30 it says, “Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
There are times when there is a powerful annointing and presence of the Holy Spirit in certain people. God reminds us in this scripture that sometimes He gives us an opportunity to be the vessel through which He heals.
Take a moment to ask that God would use you in the same way and pray that God might work through others to touch and heal you as well.
4. Through the power of God’s word.
In Proverbs 4:20-22 it says, “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”
Its very clear in this scripture that even through God’s word we can be healed. However, there are some important things we must do first. It says, “Pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words…” If we don’t take the time to really listen for God’s word and meditate on it, we can’t expect God to heal us. “By keeping God’s word in our hearts…”
The only way you can really have something in your heart is to memorize it, practice it, and live it. That is why a passive Christian life just doesn’t work and than people wonder and complain why God doesn’t do anything.
You must be willing to give everything you have into your walk with God.
Don’t expect to get God’s healing when you only pray at dinner time.
5. Through radical faith.
James 5:15 says, “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.” Faith is never passive but an active thing we try and build each day. We must be willing to have a faith that expects great healing to happen in our lives.
Adopt an attitude that says, “No matter what the circumstances, no matter what the Doctors are saying, I believe in my heart that God’s healing is already working and I will receive it today!” As you put into practice all of these points, you will better positioned to receive God’s healing in your life.
Still, while we would love to be able to be healed immediately with a simple confession of our sins and a prayer for others, we have to understand that we don’t control God and all things will come to pass in His timing.
Furthermore, there is very real possibility that sometimes we will not be healed. People ask questions all the time like, “Why God? If you’re so loving, why did you let so-and-so die?” and others like them, simply because they don’t understand.
We can pray and ask for healing all we want, but we cannot change God’s will. He knows what is best for us, and sometimes that means denying us healing. If everyone was healed, what would be the point in trusting God? Although painful, faith is also built from tragedy.
This doesn’t mean we should give up on healing, however. We should still be praying patiently and waiting for God’s perfect timing, but we should not get resentful if the healing doesn’t come.
Always remember, no matter what happens here on earth we can be assured that our time of healing will come when we leave this earth and as scripture says, there will be no more crying or pain and all things will pass away.