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Review We have spent the last several lessons examining various bible models of praying for the sick. We covered 21 of them, including: 1. Straight intercession (2 Chron 30:17-20) 2. Petition prayer for another - asking God to heal them (Gen 20:14-18) 3. Petition prayer for yourself - asking God to heal you (2 Kings 20:1-7) 4. Standing in agreement with a relative's prayer of faith (Matt 15:28) 5. Standing in agreement with another's proclamation of faith (Matt 8:8, 13) 6. Being a point of contact for another's faith (Matthew 9:21-22) 7. Encouraging and building another's faith (Luke 8:49-55 [especially 50]) 8. Proclaiming God's truth and good news (Matthew 9:35) 9. Proclaiming the healing of Jesus over a person (Acts 9:34) 10. Petition prayer and laying on of hands (Acts 28:8) 11. Through physical contact, usually the laying on of hands (Matt 14:35-36, Mark 5:22-23, Luke 4:40) 12. Anointing with oil (Mark 6:7-13) 13. Healing through deliverance (Matthew 17:15,18, Acts 8:7) 14. Commanding the person to be healed (Luke 18:41-43) 15. Command body parts to work properly (Mark 7:32-35) 16. Commanding the person to do the impossible (Matt 12:913) 17. Forcing the person to do the impossible (Acts 3:2-8) 18. Persistent prayer (including asking for feedback) (Mark 8:22-25) 19. Moving under God's healing anointing when it is present (Luke 5:17) 20. Carrying God's sovereign healing power/anointing (Luke 6:19) 21. Being explicitly sent by God, and obeying (Luke 9:2,6)
" Give the person the space to reject the word if they are not comfortable with it. So. If you are 100% correct with words of knowledge and prophecies. if you do nothing but minister God's love to the person in a gentle and unassuming fashion. In this example.What I would like to do now is to share a few practical prayer models that incorporate these bible principles. so the Lord can continue ministering to them after the prayer time is over. One of the most popular is the Vineyard 5-step model. Or maybe you have simply made a mistake. The 5-Step Prayer Model This healing prayer model is a 5 step process -1." or "does ___ mean anything to you") instead of "thus sayeth the Lord. . Either way. the person will go away feeling ministered to. Be gentle and unjudgemental as you interact with the person. Form a tentative diagnosis of what to pray for. And they will be more open to the Holy Spirit (and less guarded). the most important thing to remember is to minister in love. Trust the Holy Spirit to deal with that person in His own time and in a way where they are willing to accept His ministry. just praying for stomach pain probably will not do the trick -. If the person has stomach pain but also has frequent nightmares and is holding a severe grudge against her sister and is enveloped in bitterness. Interview the person to find out what they want prayer for and any relevant data (listen to them with one ear and listen to God with the other) 2. originally developed by John Wimber.even if God heals it. you have to decide what you're addressing in prayer. but deliver them in an unloving manner.) If you minister in genuine love. deliver them in a tentative way ("I'm getting the impression that. the person will usually feel ministered to. it will probably come back soon if the other issues (especially unforgiveness and bitterness) are not dealt with. If you get any words of knowledge. the person will usually feel abused and dissatisfied with the ministry time. (You might be right on and the person just is not willing to face that issue or admit that problem yet.. even if you make mistakes or miss important issues.. In any of these models. just let a word go if the person is unreceptive to it.
There are usually many valid ways to pray for a given thing. etc. Choose a prayer strategy. Let's assume you are prying for the person with stomach problems and bitterness against her sister. you may choose to keep pressing in. It is OK to cycle through these steps multiple times. it might be deliverance from a demon. it might be to repent of sin in their life. If you are unsure of which strategy God wants you to use. 4. Or you could rebuke a demon and break it's power off of the person so that they will not be under an oppression that makes it more difficult to forgive.. Once you've finished chosing the strategy and the person is done answering your last question (plus any necessary followon dialog) then it's time to go ahead and pray. they you do it with Him.Trust the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what the key issue He wishes to address for this person is. it might be some type of inner healing. The secret is to find out which way God is doing for this person at this instant. In fact. 3. ask Him. and you've decided to address the bitterness and unforgiveness. Pray according to the strategy that you've prayerfully selected. There are different ways you can pray. you are strongly encouraged to get feedback from the person (see lesson 8). You could ask God to bring His healing for those past hurts that made the person bitter? Or you could ask for a divine empowerment for that person to let go of the bitterness.. address another issue in prayer. you need to find out how He wants you to pray. During this whole process. You might pray a while and then ask the person what is happening with them (more interview or feedback). It might be a straight physical healing. Based on what they say. So you need to find out which prayer strategy God wants you to use in this case. we . it might be to deal with (and release) bitterness or unforgiveness. Or you could help them to confess their sin of unforgiveness to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness and then help the person to release forgiveness to their "offender". or you may realize that God has already done the healing. Once you've determined what God wants you to pray for.
We trust Him to do so. Sometimes when we pray for healing. etc. you might warn them of how the enemy sometimes tries to bring the symptoms back and talk them out of their healing. . 5. We explain that we may drop in and out of discussion/feedback during the prayer time and that is OK. It is important to differentiate between faith and wishful thinking. not us. After you've finished praying. We remind them that all we can do as pray-ers is to invite God to come. not to us. but all the power and all the ministry come from God. Remember. to reveal words of knowledge and any truths that He wants to reveal. We recommend they go back to their doctor for verification and let the doctor be the one to take them off of the medication. When we use this healing model to people. It is up to God. the responsibility to heal/minister belongs to the Lord. Teach tell about standing in faith. Our job is simply to pray and ask God to come with His power/grace. Sometimes God wants us to soak in prayer on several occasions. not us. we generally tell them that we're going to be asking them some questions so that we can get an idea of how best to pray and also asking God to come and lead this prayer time. It should be noted that when praying for physical healing. In short. you don't just walk off and leave the person standing. Post prayer counseling and follow-up. you might mention that sometimes God starts the healing as a process and it takes a little time to complete. You "debrief" with them. nothing appears to happen. post prayer counseling is dialoging with the person about what we've just done in prayer and any follow-up that they may need to do. we never suggest the person discontinue their medication until it is obvious that they've been healed. etc. And it is dishonest to pretend that a healing has occurred if one has not actually taken place. If the person received a healing. If. to decide whether or not to answer that specific request.ask God to lead us. but that does not mean that there is anything wrong with the faith of the person who is being prayed for. you've prayed for physical healing and it did not happen instantaneously. for example.
. who is somewhere in his mid twenties." I promise you this. One is to have a ministry team who simply go around praying for people. The more information you can get from God. For instance. A general word of knowledge can be effective. You can also ask God for details about the person with the condition. The more specific a word of knowledge is. Another strategy is to have the person who got the word of knowledge be the one to pray for the person who is responding to the word. try to press in for more details. But a specific word will serve to build the person's faith when they hear it called out and also serve to build your faith when you give a lot of detail and then someone responds. is it the right wrist or the left wrist. When the people come forward for prayer. ask Him which one. Ask Him for details about the condition. This can take a few different formats. such as this started 3 weeks ago or that it is a sharp seering pain instead of a constant dull ache. if someone named Bob comes up with that condition.Words Of Knowledge Another ministry model is to call out words of knowledge and ask the people who have the conditions listed in the words to come forward for prayer.. If you receive a word of knowledge from God. the greater the ability you will have to activate the faith of the person who God desires to heal. such their sex. If He tells you that someone has a sore wrist.g. their approximate age (e. or you may simply be given the words during the meeting. "This word is for Bob. in their twenties) or even there first name. There is a searing pain just below where the thumb connects to the wrist and it really acts up every time you move your thumb.. you may seek the Lord for words of knowledge in advance of the meeting. asking them what word they are responding to and praying accordingly. Ask God if it is a constant problem or an intermittent one. the more effective it is. if you say. you are going to have faith that God will heal them because He gave you so many specific details. there are two different prayer strategies. such as someone with a sore hand. . You hurt your left hand at work a few weeks ago and it seems to be getting worse instead of better.
God can communicate this to you in a number of ways.The problem about word of knowledge is that the more specific it is. because it is common for someone in a group that size to have a headache. Or you might "hear" the Lord say "compressed disk in the lower back" in your thoughts. . If you say "headache" in a group of 30. There are many different ways that God can communicate a word of knowledge to you. Or perhaps you feel the person's pain briefly in your own body. You might suddenly start thinking about someone having back pain. Once He has communicated a word of knowledge to you about a physical condition He wants to heal. you eliminate probability and begin moving more on the guidance and anointing of God. then you should expect you will get a chance to share that word and pray for the person. This builds your faith as well as the faith of the person you are praying for. Or you might see a picture from a medical book of the spine and it zooms in on a certain disk and you can see it is damaged. But if you have a lot of specifics. Let's say it is a word of knowledge for someone with a compressed disk in their lower back. the scarier it is to give it because there is a greater risk that you could have heard wrong. someone is bound to respond whether you heard from the Lord or not. Let me just say a quick thing about how you might receive a word. Or perhaps you see a picture of someone clearly in pain and holding the lower back.
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