Healing Prayer – by Derek Morris

DSC_3417Janet had come to prayer services many times before. But this time would be different—life-changing. Janet didn’t realize it, but this was the night she would be healed.

“I was really in the depths of despair,” she recounted later. “I felt that I had used up all of my resources.” For 18 years she had been hounded and harassed by Satan. Now she was desperate.

Janet made her way, battered and bruised, into the Chapel and found a seat in the back pew. As the group knelt together for prayer, they invited her to come forward and join the circle. During the season of prayer several students gave spontaneous testimonies of praise for healing that they had received from God at an anointing service two weeks before. Janet told us later that as she listened to those testimonies of healing, she saw a glimmer of hope.

After the last person had left the Chapel, I turned out the lights, and made my way to the outside door. As I turned the corner in the hallway, there was Janet. She startled me! She looked very intense. Deliberate. “I can’t live with this anger anymore,” she exclaimed, “but I saw a glimmer of hope tonight.”

There was only one appropriate response at a moment like this. Sensing that we were on holy ground, we fell to our knees in prayer. As we prayed, we became very aware of the presence of the Lord. Something inside of Janet broke loose.

“Everything was gone in an instant,” she testified later. She began to laugh and cry at the same time as a waterfall of emotion cascaded over her soul. Then she stood to her feet she exclaimed, “I can breathe, and I can smile!” The darkness was banished. The oppression was gone. Janet’s eyes were bright and her countenance was transformed. Her heart was filled with rejoicing as she began to praise and glorify God. There was no place for doubt. Janet had just experienced the healing power of God.

Derek Morris, is editor of Ministry Magazine, and host of the popular Hope Sabbath School program.

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Practical Application: 

If you or a loved one are in need of healing (physically, spiritually, or otherwise) than you’ve come to the right place. Our God is mighty and able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all that we ask or think. While we don’t always know God’s timing and how He will choose to heal his children physically (whether instantly, gradually, or at the second coming), we do know that it is His will that they be healed, and we should pray in faith for He promises to work all things together for our good and for His glory (Rom. 8:28).

Ellen White once encouraged the people to pray this prayer for healing, “I would come before the Lord with this petition: ‘Lord, we cannot read the heart of this sick one, but thou knowest whether it is for the good of his soul and for the glory of thy name to raise him to health. In thy great goodness, compassionate this case, and let healthy action take place in the system. The work must be entirely thine own”(Healthful Living, p. 239)

She went on to say that if more prayers were offered for healing, “The mighty power of the Healer would be seen. Many more would be strengthened and blessed, and many more acute sicknesses would be healed” (3rd Selected Messages, p. 295).

Let’s ask God to search our hearts that we may be healed: first spiritually, and secondarily, if it would be for His glory and honor, physically.

Dear Heavenly Father, we cry out to you for healing today. We are spiritually diseased because of sin. We need You to deliver us and set us free and make us new creatures in You. However, many of us, or those we love, are also suffering under physical diseases of all kinds. We know that You can heal today, just like You did in the Bible times. Show us how to pray, how to put away all sin, all hindrances so that You can be free to work in our lives. We cling to You and to the promises of Your Word. If You choose not to heal instantly, or if You allow those that we love to go to their rest, help us still to trust You, knowing that You are in. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • Derek Morris

    Please pray this week for Janet, her husband, and their five children.
    God continues to sustain them by His grace.
    Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed because His compassions fail not.
    They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness!
    The LORD is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I hope in Him. (Lam 3:22-24)

    • Phillippa

      Praying for Janet and her family. Their ministry has been an inspiration to me for over fifteen years. Thank God for their faithfulness.

    • Dara Brown

      Praying for Janet and her family.

    • Marilyn Fletcher

      Prayed and added Janet and her family to my daily prayer list.

    • Yvette Dupuis-van Putten

      Praying for Janet and family and all other families on this forum that spiritual healing , physical healing may be granted t them by God. That His Holy spirit may be poured out upon their families, broken lives be restored, Children who are sick may be healed. Weak and struggling marriages will be strengthened with the cords from our intercessor that cannot be broken. I thank God for the many prayers that have been answered for many persons during this ten days of prayer and fasting . May we continue to agonize with God so we can be more like Him and the remaining request can be answered in His time according to His will.

      • Victoria

        Amen, to the glory of God.

      • tsholofelo

        Amen brother. Will join prayer for these requests.

    • April

      Prayed for Janet and her family and others who are harassed by Satan. God be praised as He takes over and has full control.

    • tsholofelo

      Amen! I praise tne Lord with you for His mercies which are new every morning and will continue to pray for Janet.

    • Gina geertsma

      My prayers for Janet and her family. I also would like to ask you to include my father in your prayer. He is bedridden for almost a year due to old-aged. And also my mother who is taking care of him. May the Lord give her more strength. And for us the whole family, we ask for God’s strength and courage to bear with each other in facing this situation.

  • Merle B. Platel

    Praying for Janet & her family. God has been good to me, waking me up from my coma that happened 24 yrs.ago, & has been my strength and my comfort. Now my second son Patrick has renal failure, & is waiting for a kidney transplant. My concern at the moment is his salvation. He is a non-believer, and relies only on science, and a skeptic when it comes to any form of religion. But I’m not giving up hope because with God everything is possible. He is the Great Healer of our sin-sick souls and bodies. I surrender all to Him.

    • Sharon

      We will remember him in prayer. Our Father is ever faithful.

      • Merle B. Platel

        Amen sister Sharon. And thank you for your prayers.

      • Merle B. Platel

        Amen sister Sharon and thank you for your prayers. Blessings to you.

    • Yvette Dupuis-van Putten

      Praying Sis Merle for especially his spiritual healing as God work on his heart He will do as He sees fit

      • Merle B. Platel

        Thank you Yvette for your concern, and prayers. Blessings to you and your family.

      • Merle B. Platel

        Amen & thank you Yvette for your prayers , & hope we get to meet in Holland. You’re most welcome to come visit me.

    • tsholofelo

      Am joining you in prayer for your son. May God continue to speak to His heart. Amen.

      • Merle B. Platel

        Amen brother. Thank you and may the LORD bless you always.

    • Rosalia

      He promised that He will save our children

      • Merle B. Platel

        Amen sister Rosalind. Blessings to you

  • Sally Chikuta

    Thank you for that power prayer .I would like to leave a prayer request here for the healing of my 8 year old daughter. she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia and is due to commence treatment on monday. Please pray for her total healing.this is too sudden but I believe God is in control.

    • Sharon

      Will prayer for her and the entire family as you all go through this difficult time just remember you are not alone for God has promised that when you pass through the flood or walk through fire He will be there with you. May His peace that passes all understanding be yours in Christ Jesus our Lord. Do not be anxious but by prayer and supplication let your request be known unto God and He will deliver you. Amen!

      • Sally Chikuta

        Thank you Sharon

        • p.ravenall

          please pray for j. hubbard. He will have surgery on January 19th, and is very fearful. Thank you.

          • Sally Chikuta

            Am praying for that surgery to be successful in Jesus name.

          • tsholofelo

            Am praying for him now. Amen.

    • Kayreen kufa

      Am praying

      • Sally Chikuta

        Thank you Kayreen

    • Ofure Ukpebor

      I’ll be praying for your daughter, Sally.

      There is nothing too hard for God to do. May He make the treatment effective and bring wholeness to her body in His perfect time. Amen.

      • Sally Chikuta

        Amen and Amen. Thank you Ofure

    • Dara Brown

      Praying for your daughter. Remember with God all things are possible.

      • Sally Chikuta

        Amen Dora

    • Yvette Dupuis-van Putten

      Sally God strength is perfect. So as we prayer may we never lose sight of the power of Jesus our intercessor ,and great physician who can heal all maladies. Will continue to pray for your daughter and rest of your family that you may find strength and comfort during her treatment.

      • Sally Chikuta

        Thank you Yvette

    • Patience Boateng

      Our Lord is able, praying for you

      • Sally Chikuta

        Thank you Patience

      • Ruth

        I have just prayed for The Mighty God to bring His presence and immeasurable healing in the lives of Janet, her marriage, and lives of her children.

    • Dennitza Vassileva

      We are paying for your precious daughterband you. My husband was diagnosed with APL 4 months ago and I understand what you are going through. God intervened in miraculous way for us and I pray He will do the same for you. May God give you peace and strength each step of this journey. We serve a great God!

      • Sally Chikuta

        Thank you Dennitza. its hard to understand but av decided not to dwell on the why or how but just pray for the preservation of my daughter’s life. Thank you for the encouragement.

    • tsholofelo

      Am praying for your daughter Sally. Our God is forever able to heal.

  • Dike Emmanuel

    Praying that the Lord will perfect wha He has started in th life of Janet . May His grace abound in the entire family.

  • Sharon

    Amen very encouraging testimony we will remember her in our prayers. Please pray for my father in law who has postrate cancer and is now bedridden to be healed and restored back to good health. My mother who suffers from arthritis that she may also receive healing. My entire family to be healed spiritually as well. Amen for there’s nothing impossible with God for He has promised everything through Christ our Saviour.

  • Chrissie

    Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you again for the reminder that we ask for healing for all ‘according to Thy will’ and not our own. Father, we are reminded of the times You healed in the Bible, like Hezekiah. Lord, we want healing for ourselves, for our loved ones, but we do not know the end from the beginning as You do. You alone know if that health would be squandered. You alone know if it is actually a blessing to keep a heart turned to You… You alone know if you are sparing them or us from greater hardships. Lord, let us trust ourselves and those we love into Thy care and keeping. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    • Ofure Ukpebor

      Amen

    • Dara Brown

      Amen.

    • tsholofelo

      Amen

  • Betti Knickerbocker

    Please pray for my family . . . My greatest desire is that all of us will submit our wills to our loving heavenly Father.

    • Dara Brown

      Praying for you and your family. Please pray the same thing for me and my family.

  • Yssania

    Praying for you. May God bless you and comfort you all. He has promise that He will never live or forsake us. We are in His hand

    • tsholofelo

      Amen! May His will be done in our lives

  • Oliver

    God is still an awesome God. We worship You o Lord. We know that there are many other ‘Janets’ awaiting God’s command to be still and know that He is God. Thanks for sharing this message of hope Pastor Morris.

  • Susan Absalon

    Please pray for my 4 week old granddaughter to continue to heal. She was born with Cystic Fibrosis and has had 2 surgeries already. May she continue to heal with out further setbackw. It will be a long and difficult journey for her and her parents.. May the minds and hands of the medical staff/ team be guided and directed by the Lord. May everyone here on this site rec blessing from the Holy Spirit that the work will be done and we can go home soon..

    • tsholofelo

      Will , keep her in my prayers and pray for the entire family too for courage and strength and a faith that moves mountains.

  • shannon robinson-pitkin

    This Ten Days of prayer revived by prayer life and Christian experience as I see God at work and anticipate what He will be doing.

    Dear Lord You are/our my healer and it is no secret what You can do. Help me/us to submit, surrender all and listen to that still small voice with the assurance that You are on my/our case. Remember Janet and all you people that are having family challenges. Help me/us be revived and reformed so that Your name may be gloried, in Jesus name. Amen.

  • Letty Kaltonga

    Amen. Janet we are upholding you all in our prayers. Be Strong in the LORD. Please pray for my family as well, especially for spiritual healing, to give their hearts to Jesus. Thank you for your prayers.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Naa

    Please pray for my marriage. I am in despair and I don’t know what to do anymore.

    • Melodious Echo

      Check out this testimony by someone who was in the same situation! Praying for you Naa! http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story2775-fasting-and-prayer-could-save-your-marriage

      • Naa

        Thank you so much! This article has been of so much help. God is working!

    • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

      Naa, I can only imagine what you are going through but I went through that experience. At times you don’t even feel like praying. Continue holding on to Jesus and let Him decide what is best for you. Will not forget you in my prayers for I know exactly how it feels. Not very long Jesus will solve your problem the best way ever. Praying with you. Be still and know that He is God. God bless you.

      • Naa

        Thanks for the encouragement! It is much appreciated. I am trusting that God is in control. I can see His hand at work.

  • emeka abaribe

    We praise God for Janet, we pray that our good God will continue to bless and keep her with all the family from the evil one in Jesus Name, amen

  • Edward A. Appollis

    amen, just did. God answers prayers right across the globe, even here in Cape Town!

  • Max

    Our God is wonderful, He hears us when we cry, He see’s our tears when they fall.

  • tsholofelo

    I thank God for such a testimony. Please pray for my three brothers to find tbeir way to God. Their lives are slowly being eaten up by smoking and alcohol. Pray for my othe brother to be revived and strengthened in faith. He seems to be a discouraged in his walk with the Lord.

    • Rosalia

      My prayers are with your family Tsholo

  • Lorelle Kingsbury

    Please pray that my soon to be son-in-law, will have an experience with our Lord. My daughter is new to the faith and its a complete miracle and answer to a mother’s prayers that she is now finding out who our loving God is. She said to me today that she wants a Christian husband.
    I believe that God can open my son-in-laws heart and show Himself to him.

  • Timothée Tambwe Kasisa

    Please help me to pray for my brother Dikala who is waiting for someone since 26 years, for to agreed for mariage. the girl agreeded first, but when Dikala was ready to be with her, she refused, and till now she is not married; and Dikala decided to not love other wife if that girl still being alone, not married.
    Also, for Maisha who doesn’t know how to choose a spiritual girl who will continue to pray with him, even if she is in our SDA Church. I Hope God will soon answer for this Young brother in Christ.
    Finally, I need a help for 2 sisters in Chist who have no-SDA husbands. If God can do something, because they are suffering so much when those men defend them to go to the Church, even to visitors who want to pray with them.

  • Eunice Downer

    Please pray for me and my family. Satan is fighting against us. I am not in good health. I am suffering with severe pains from my lower back down to my lower limbs. I thought I had arthritis but was told its more than that. Chances are I might soon not be able to walk. I am in terrible pains. Please pray for my healing but more so for my faith to hold firm in God in these trying times. Thanks.

    • PNB

      Praying for you now my sister. God strengthens and enables and empowers in the name of Jesus Christ through the powerful ministrations of the Holy Spirit. – Peter Nigel

    • PNB

      Also, try to go on today’s blog and repost your prayer request on today’s prayer blog for April 10th. Many others will see your prayer request if you do this and will be able to intercede and partner with you in prayer.

      • Eunice Downer

        Thank you PNB.JUST SAW THIS. GOD BLESS.

        • PNB

          You are welcome! It is a privilege to uplift one another in prayer.