These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.” So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. – Mark 16:17-19 (AMP)
And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease…Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. – Matthew 10:1,8 (NKJV)
And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits…So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. – Mark 6:7,12-13 (NKJV)
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. – Luke 9:1-2 (NKJV)
And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you. – Luke 10:9 (NKJV)
I was looking up teachings about healing because for a long time, one of the questions I had was, if Jesus told us to heal, how come I as a believer am not doing it? How come I do not see healings regularly taking place in churches. Also, several people I care about have had health struggles and I was becoming frustrated because my prayers did not appear to bear fruit. Then I happened to come across this article titled Jesus Never Told Us to Pray for the Sick. The title got my attention because I wondered, What???!!! I clicked the title and as I read it, my brain perked up! The author was right, based on the Bible verses (see above), Jesus commanded us to heal the sick, not pray for the sick. That had my attention!
I looked through YouTube and came across Pete Cabrera Jr:
Hope was starting to build. It is possible!
I decided to do likewise and so when my teenage cousin during the week complained to his Mom about a sharp pain on his side, I asked him if I could pray for him. He agreed and I placed my hand on his side and said, “pain be gone in Jesus’ Name”. He walked away and sat down. So I asked him on a scale of 10 how bad was his pain, he said it was a ‘5’ down from a ‘9’. So I called him back to pray for him and repeated the prayer. He walked away without a word and I told him to return for more prayer if the pain was still there.
The next day, I asked him if he had any pain and he said that the pain was a ‘0’, it went away the last time I prayed for him. Glory to The Lord Jesus Christ! I asked him if he had told Jesus thank you, and he said that he did so continuously afterward. So like in Luke 10:9, The Kingdom of God had come upon my teenage cousin! Jesus, You are so amazing!
I went to visit a friend in a care facility and prayed over him but later that week, he was taken to the hospital and then ICU. I did not understand. What happened? I watched another video:
Brother Pete was right, I had to search myself and know what my identity in Christ is!
So I asked The Holy Spirit. I was determined not to let sleep hold me back and I asked The Holy Spirit to teach me, if Jesus could spend enormous amounts of time in our Father’s presence, so could I. Therefore, that night, my friend and I found a 24/7 church and my goal was to learn as much as I could from The Holy Spirit as I interceded for our friend. I was ready to put up a fight for his soul. I never wanted to get to heaven and discover I did not do everything I could possibly do for him through prayer. So on it began. Below are the various prayers and statements I made as well as revelations I received:
Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, I am stepping out-of-the-way. It is not about me, please Holy Spirit, pray through me.
I got the thought to declare that God is above the ICU! GLORY!
The thought that each and every person lying sick in a hospital bed or in their homes belongs to God, that God gave us power to heal.
I was encouraged to contend for our friend’s body and soul and the information that he was in ICU no longer scared me because God a zillion times more powerful than life and death and ICU is therefore powerless before Jesus, Abba Father and The Holy Spirit!
Then I realized that when God created our bodies, He never intended any body to be plagued by pain, diseases, illness, ailment, infection, or evil spirit.
I repented for, and asked The Holy Spirit to take away any fear, negative emotion, thought, and word contrary to The Word of God. I was contending for stillness of heart, confidence in God’s assurance, without wavering.
I quickly realized that I was contending for my attitude, I needed to replace any thoughts of fear, with those of God’s Word. I told The Holy Spirit that I no longer wanted to pray from a position of panic or fear, but from a position of conviction in Jesus Christ through The Holy Spirit.
I had to repent for any areas I had been hiding from God.
I realized that everything God says is true and always comes to pass, and that any doubt I may have is a hindrance to His promises coming true. I confessed that I would therefore be confident in God’s promises.
I realized that I should not be intimidated about requesting something big from God like healing because God wants me to request from Him and to withdraw whatever I want (like an ATM) from Him because He never runs out.
I will not be intimidated and will no longer have fear of any diseases, illnesses or afflictions in Jesus’ Name!
I therefore prayed with confidence over our friend.
Thank You Holy Spirit for helping me pray and giving me strength to endure! Please keep teaching me about healing, I am a student for life.
The next morning, we got a message that our friend had improved!
I pressed in more. I will continue to carry out this command of healing the sick that Jesus left us.
Another revelation that came to me the following day was that because our bodies are the temples of The Holy Spirit and we are not our own (1 Corinthians 6:19);
and because Jesus took our sicknesses upon His body and healed us through the stripes He bore (Isaiah 53:4-5): any sicknesses, illnesses, diseases, pain that may be in our loved ones bodies or ours, are trespassers and are violating Jesus’ command. They therefore must be evicted in Jesus’ Name! They must be commanded to get out of our bodies in The Name of JESUS! The power is in THE NAME OF JESUS!
What a powerful revelation: that illnesses, sicknesses, and diseases cower at the mention of THE NAME OF JESUS (just like they did when Jesus rebuked the demons named legion in Mark 5)!!! GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! And when Jesus commands them to leave through us, THEY MUST LEAVE!
I pray that this will encourage you to use the authority you have as a believer in Jesus’ Name. That you will have boldness through The Name of Jesus Christ – The Name that is above every name. The Name that conquered cancer, The Name that conquered diabetes, high blood pressure and any other ailment!
And because you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, you have the ability to heal the sick in Jesus’ Name. For Jesus equipped you with authority and power. He has given you a spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind – not of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). All you need to do is exercise your power in Christ Jesus. Just say: “(Name of ailment), Jesus commands you to go now!” Repeat until wholeness is restored.
You are blessed!
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” – Jesus (Luke 10:19-20)