How To Start Healing The Sick

How To Start Healing The Sick

Friends, as you know, I share many testimonies in my articles and I write a lot about growing in faith. Yet my writing is reaching some people who want to start ministering healing but have never done it. Many Christians have prayed for healing but seen very few results. There are two simple shifts in thinking that are important to begin to grow in healing ministry and seeing miracles.

Actually, we would summarize both of these in the truth that Jesus came as a man in a human body. The truth that Jesus, being God, came in a human body,  is called the “incarnation.” It’s one of the non-negotiable foundations of the Christian faith. I’ll link to some other articles that explain that and deal with other questions. Meanwhile, here is my advice for anybody who wants to start ministering healing.

Get Convinced That Healing Is Always God’s Will

God healed my back when I was nine years old. I knew that God could heal. Anybody who believes in God knows that he can do miracles. What so many people don’t know is how much God wants to!

I knew God heals, but for many years I never saw it happen when I prayed for people. I thought healing was probably usually God’s will, but I wasn’t convinced that it was always his will. I though God allowed some people to be sick like Job or the Apostle Paul. When I became convinced that healing is always God’s will because Jesus healed everyone who came to him, a life of miracles began. We know God’s will is healing because Jesus revealed his Father’s will to us.

Do you have questions? There are answers! There’s nothing wrong with asking questions. I needed to ask questions to become fully convinced.

I’ve answered some questions in other blog posts. You can read my article about Job and another one about Paul’s thorn. You can also e-mail me questions at

If you are going to be convinced that healing is always God’s will, you need to stop looking at natural circumstances. You must know that it is God’s will to heal no matter what you experience and no matter what you see with natural eyes.

The only way you can see exactly what God is like and be sure of his will is by looking at Jesus. You can’t see God through your experiences. Take the time to read the gospels and start to think about the people Jesus healed. Focus on the compassion that Jesus showed.

Colossians 1:15 (NIV) The Son (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God

John 1:18 (NIV) No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

My article 13 Solid Scriptural Proofs Of God’s Will To Heal gives an overview of several other scriptural proofs of God’s will to heal.

Get Convinced That Jesus Lives In You

The Bible says that Christ in you is the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27) The incarnation shows us that God has chosen to do his will by putting his Spirit in men. Your hope of glory isn’t God somewhere up the sky, but it is God’s spirit working through you.

Jesus said that those who believed in him would do the same works as he did, and even greater works. He didn’t say that those who believed in him would ask the Father to do the same works for them.

Jesus didn’t tell his disciples to pray for the sick. The Bible doesn’t tell us that they prayed for sick people. Jesus told his disciples to heal the sick, and that’s what they did. He passed this command on to all future disciples. It is basic Christianity.

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

Jesus had to rely on the Holy Spirit to do everything he did. If you are a Christian, you have the same Holy Spirit he did. With the Holy Spirit’s help, you can do everything Jesus did and you can do it as simply as Jesus did it. You don’t have to do anything that Jesus didn’t have to do.

Understanding this means that we change our approach to healing. We see that we have a responsibility, and we stop asking God to heal people. God has already done his part.

Act On These Truths!

Instead of asking God to heal people, we act! There are different ways we can act. The most common are laying hands on people, telling the pain or sickness to leave, and telling the person’s body to be healed. The important thing is that we act or speak in faith. Jesus is the head, and we are his body. Healing ministry is a partnership between God and us. God has already done his part. Now we move as his body.

When you encounter pain or sickness, don’t treat it as normal! When I became convinced that healing is always God’s will, I heard that some very famous healing ministers laid hands on many people before anything happened. I decided that I would minister to everybody I could, even if I had to minister to a thousand people before anybody was healed.

When I encountered sickness or injuries, I started telling people “I believe Jesus wants to heal you. Can I pray for you?” Even though we often use the word “pray” because people understand it, what we are really talking about is not asking God to heal them. We are acting and speaking with authority in Jesus’ name. To start, we can use simple phrases like “be healed now” and “pain go in Jesus’ name.”

Miracles began happening much sooner than I expected! When you have testimonies of what happened when you ministered healing to someone else, you can share them with other people you encounter.

It helps to ask the person what they feel or what their pain level is before you minister to them. (Some problems can be measured at the time you minister to someone. Others, like an internal tumor, can’t be tested until a person goes to the doctor.)

Then you can command healing and put your hand on the injured body part if it is appropriate. Then ask them again. They may feel completely better after the first time. If they feel some improvement, you can thank God for the improvement and minister again. Even if they don’t feel any difference, you can quickly minister to them again and interview them again. Sometimes you may minister healing to a person five times and each time they feel a little less pain until all the pain is gone.

This is a simple way to start acting on the truths that God wants to heal people and he wants to do it through you. You will learn more ways to approach people and minister to them as you act.

It’s important that your desire to see Jesus’ touch people is bigger than your fear of embarrassment or failure. The way that we grow is by taking risks! Keep acting and don’t be discouraged by what you see naturally. It helps to watch some videos of other people ministering healing. Focus on Jesus’ goodness and compassion as you think about the things you see God do. Growing in faith is about getting to know Jesus better.

Here’s a video of Todd White to help get you started. Check out the Youtube channels in the links section of this site for more.

If you liked this post, you may want to check out the Heaven Now book trilogy. It contains many insights into understanding simple gospel truths and exercising heaven’s dominion on earth. It’s also filled with testimonies of what happened when I put these truths into practice. I’m sure these books will encourage you and help you learn to walk as a heavenly person. Not only that, but your purchase supports our missionary work in Brazil and in every other place we go!

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4 comments on “How To Start Healing The Sick
  1. Heather says:

    My family and I tried all of this for 20+ years for myself, my mom, and my sister. We still are not healed. In fact, my mom and I suffer more physically now than we used to. We used to lay hands on each other, commanding the sickness to leave. We also used to rebuke Satan and the specific symptoms we were feeling. I wish this works, but it doesn’t…at least not for everyone. I’ve been told lack of faith was my problem, but I had a ton of faith in healing for ten years. One can only do this for so long with opposite results before one realizes that God does not heal everyone, and it’s not the sick person’s fault.

    • Jonathan says:

      Heather, I lived for many years frustrated in this area. I was very discouraged. God cut through layers of disappointment and hurt before I started to see miracles happen through my life, and he showed me that he had always wanted to do miracles in my life but things I didn’t understand were hindering me.

      I’m sorry that some people have blamed you for not being healed. Nobody should ever do that, but some people do out of ignorance.

      Sometimes it’s harder to successfully minister healing to ourselves and to family members, because we feel anxious about it. It’s hard to minister healing when we are anxious. The thing that has helped me the most when I needed to be healed but I felt anxious, was to not focus on my own problem and to keep ministering to other people. I’ve been healed several times like that.

      Many Christians in the church have sin, yet we don’t for a moment doubt that Jesus redeemed us from sin. We learn to apply the gospel to our lives. I have a friend who struggled with Pornography for more than 30 years as a Christian before he began to get free from it. But we don’t doubt for a moment that Jesus has provided freedom for everyone from sin.

      I’m not implying that people’s sickness is caused by their sin, but I’m just using this as an example of how redemption works and how we continue to apply what Jesus has done to our lives. We don’t doubt that Jesus has made the way for all of us to be free from sin when we see Christians struggle with sin. Neither can we doubt that it is always God’s will to heal because we see Christians who are sick. The Bible is just as clear that it’s God’s will to heal as it is about his will to forgive and set us free from sin.

      After all this time, I’m seen thousands of people healed and I wear contact lenses. I’ve been nearsighted for more than 20 years. I still feel anxious when I try to minister healing to my eyes. I need to grow in faith! I’ve taken a man’s hands and helped him get out of his wheelchair, and I see miracles happen regularly, but I still admit that I need to grow in faith.

      Faith is more more than a mental assent to a truth. It comes from encounter with Jesus and knowing him, and we are growing in the knowledge of Jesus. Scripture says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. That tells me that God is invisible if I try to see him through my experiences and disappointments. I can only see him as he is and be sure of his will by looking at Jesus, and I know that Jesus never withheld healing from anybody.

      May we never blame sick people for not being healed. Jesus never did. God has provided for the healing of everybody. When not everybody is healed, it just shows that the church has not yet grown up into the full measure of the stature of Christ. But we are growing!

      God loves you and wants you healed. He isn’t waiting or withholding healing. He has done all of his part for you to be healed, and now it’s up to the church, his Body, to grow in him. There’s no guilt or condemnation for you in that. It’s only hope and good news!

    • John Dalton says:

      I see zero failures in ministering to the sick – there are upwards of 50 hindrances to a healing. We discern the issue in any case where the sick are not healed. We have upwards of 40 Tactics Manuals amassed over 49 years in ministry. Sozo comes in at Number 4, accessing courts in heaven is Number 24.