Where There's the Will, There's a Way to Pray
by Niki Turner
It has been a hard week. The kind of week that tears at our faith, sowing doubt and fear in our minds and hearts.
Fellow writer Sandi Rog was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, sparking a flurry of prayer requests and support from friends and acquaintances online. Locally, doctors discovered multiple tumors - stage 4 blastosarcoma - in a not-quite 2-year-old girl. One tumor in her abdomen is the size of a grapefruit. She started chemotherapy immediately to battle the disease.
One of our church youth was diagnosed with scoliosis. The adult daughter of a church member has been struggling with chronic, severe pain from a broken wrist for several months despite treatment and surgery. And personally, we learned that the newborn daughter of my cousin-in-law is blind. You probably have your own reports of sickness, disease, and debilitating ailments from friends, family, and colleagues. Or symptoms and illness in your own body to deal with.
Whatever you personally believe God's will to be concerning healing and divine health, I've yet to hear a Christian argue against praying for the sick, asking God to have mercy upon them (and their families) by working healing in their bodies. How to pray for the sick and suffering is a question shared by many believers. When we are deluged with reports of illness, our prayers can feel dry and dull, certainly not the powerful sword of the spirit we ought to be wielding.
Thankfully, where there's the will of God, there's always a way to pray.
Following are some of the promises in God's Word (His revealed will) that refer to healing..This is by no means a comprehensive list, it's just a way to start. 2 Corinthians 1:19-20 tells us that all the promises of God are "yes" and "amen" to us in Christ Jesus. As believers, we are ALL called to pray, to petition God, to seek His best and highest will for His children.You can't get any better, or higher, than His Word.
Directions: To be read aloud to (or by) the person experiencing symptoms of sickness and disease twice daily, more frequently in the case of acute illness. Overdose is impossible. Mix with faith, hope and love for best results.
Ex 15:2626 and said,"If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you."
Ex 23:25-2625 "So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. 26 No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
Deut 28:1-2"Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
Ps 27:1-327 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.
Ps 30:2-3O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.
O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.*
Ps 91:1-791 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust."
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler*
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.Ps 103:1-5Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Ps 107:19-2119 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
20 He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Ps 138:88 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Prov 4:20-2220 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
Isa 53:4-54 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
Jer 1:1212 Then the Lord said to me, "You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word."
Jer 30:1717 For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,' says the Lord,
Nah 1:99 What do you conspire against the Lord?
He will make an utter end of it.
Affliction will not rise up a second time.
Mal 4:22 But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings.
Mark 16:17-1817 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they* will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
Rom 8:1111 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
1 Cor 15:5757 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 2:14-1514 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
2 Cor 10:2-63 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Gal 3:13-1413 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"*), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
1 Peter 2:24-2524 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer* of your souls.
1 Thess 5:23-2423 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
Heb 10:2323 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Heb 10:35-3635 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
Heb 13:8-98 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
1 John 5:14-1514 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,"Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.