When Jesus lived in Judea, he healed multitudes who sought healing from “all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matthew 10:1). He gave His disciples the power to heal the sick, too. Miraculous stories of healing fill the New Testament’s pages.
That’s wonderful, but what about today? How do we ask Jesus to heal us?
The Apostle James’ epistle taught Jesus Christ’s followers to ask authorized servants of God to aid in healing.
“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up….” (James 5:14-15).
When Moses’ sister Miriam disobeyed the Lord, she was smitten with a fast-acting leprosy. Miriam and her family feared for her life. Moses prayed to God on Miriam’s behalf.
“And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee” (Numbers 12:13).
God healed Miriam and instructed Moses how to have her reintegrate with the people.
Praying Directly to God
We can also pray directly to God for His power to heal us.
The faith of a centurion in the New Testament illustrates one way this is possible. Even though the centurion sends messengers who physically approaches Jesus, his request illustrates a prayer for someone who isn’t physically in His presence.
On behalf of the centurion, the messengers asked Jesus to go to the centurion’s home to heal a dearly loved servant who “was sick and ready to die.” Jesus went with them.
When the centurion found out the Jesus planned to visit his home, he sent other messengers to Jesus, “saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed” (Luke 7:6-7).
The centurion knew that if Jesus said the word for his servant to be healed, his servant would be healed.
He said, “For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it” (Luke 7:8.)
Amazed at the centurion’s implicit faith, Jesus said He hadn’t seen such great faith before. He did not continue to the centurion’s house.
When the messengers returned to the house, they “found the servant whole that had been sick” (Luke 7:10.)
The centurion knew that at his request, Jesus’ word could heal the servant. And it did.
Another wonderful example is of Hannah in the Old Testament. She desperately wanted a child.
During the family’s annual pilgrimage to the temple, Hannah poured out her heart to God.
“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.
And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. …
Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard…
Then Eli [the priest] answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad” (1 Samuel 1:10-11, 13, 17-18.)
Hannah fully trusted that her prayer would be answered and she would be healed. Soon she gave birth to Samuel who became a prophet for Israel.
With faith like the centurion and Hannah, we can approach the Lord through prayer by calling on God, stating what we need done through Jesus Christ’s power, and then closing our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.