By Pastor Stephen Piersall
God's Preservation Ministry Soul Care
I have spoken about; “Forgiveness,” “Giving,” “How to Pray,” and today I just want to show you some examples how prayer can, does, and will be answered by our LORD.
1. Justine had Stage 4 cancer; jaw, sinus cavity, surgery and now in recovery. Cancer all gone, Over 1,100 people prayed for her.
2. Jaymie, broken extended family refuses to accept her, and she is pregnant. Recently had a baby shower with both sides of the family together in harmony. I remember in conversations with the family, that it has been impossible to gather for an outing in peace.
3. Lynn, life threatening abdomen surgery, over 1500 people praying. After recovery, received more bad news she would need another surgery. Everyone kept praying, latest news, No new surgery, swelling is reduced, fluid has drained, and severe pain is subsiding.
4. Someone at church received a prophetic word during the church service. He mentioned that there were people in the congregation with lower-back problems and some with right shoulder pain. No names were given. As I am with the church’s prayer team, I witnessed miraculous healing as we had several people come forward with those specific medical concerns. All left the church fully healed, while some sensed the warmth within them and were starting to notice they felt better. Prayer team that day was less than 10 people.
I could go on with more examples, but I only want to make this point. When someone says to pray for them, don’t acknowledge so and later forget. Pray right then and let God perform the miracles of healing TODAY, just as Jesus did over 2000 years ago.
I'll give a few points to when I have taught people to pray:
1. Be Focused. Ask the Holy Spirit to come and take over the situation and give you the words to pray for someone. Avoid generalizations, e.g. “Bless them," “Be with them," etc. Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always," Tell God exactly what you want him to do. Mark 10:51, Remember when the crowds brought a blind man to Jesus, our Lord asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" God does not want all the fluff and feel good words; He asks the same question of us, and be specific.
2. Be Consistent. Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you.” Start a regular prayer journal, write your prayers down and pray every day as God wants us to. Yes, Matthew 6:8 clearly states, “God knows what you need before you ask him." As we continue to pray, we submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit, so he can mold us into the character of Christ. The longer we pray, the greater we are empowered, led, and matured as a Christian.
3. Expect Results. Pray in faith that you know God is listening. Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Be sure, God will use a multitude of methods for healing. He uses physicians and medical technology of today. Pray for the doctors, nurses, staff, etc. Act and not be surprised that he intervenes in supernatural ways.
a. Death. Sometimes he heals us eternally by taking us from our fallen, diseased bodies into his open arms in Heaven. We must accept the outcome no matter what. He KNOWS best, and we are to remain in faith, “Thy will be done.”