I saw this play out personally with my wife, and I hope this will encourage you.
Years ago, she hurt her lower back. I can’t remember the details, but her pain was enough for her to seek medical help. She could not get comfortable lying down, and there were some nights that she fell asleep while standing and bending over our kitchen counter.
X rays revealed two herniations in her back. She had a couple of outpatient surgical procedures at a pain clinic, but they were not helpful.
Amid this adventure, we attended an evening healing service at a church across the bay in Largo, FL. There was a call for those suffering from back pain during the evening, and she moved quickly to the front.
I did not accompany her but watched from my seat. A couple prayed for her, she went down in the spirit, and soon after returned. Her back was still hurting, but she said something interesting. The woman told her that God had healed her. She was to thank him for her healing all the way home.
This was very new for us, but we had faith to believe and, during the forty-five-minute ride home, we thanked the Lord for healing her. As I look back, I’m sure my analytical mind questioned why we were professing thank when her back still hurt.
Four Lessons Learned
Here’s what I do remember most clearly: the next morning, her back pain was gone and never returned. The Lord had healed her and provided some valuable lessons for us at the time:
- It’s God’s will to heal us, and we are already healed in the spirit realm. The key is for that to manifest in our world. 1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (NIV)
- When we ask for something in the Lord’s will, we must believe we have received it. Mark 11:24 remind us: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (NIV)
- If we have received it in the spirit (healing especially), we can thank him for it before it manifests naturally. Our normal response is to thank someone when we receive something of value. If you can choose to believe for the “done deal” of healing in the spirit realm, can you choose to thank him before you see it in the natural?
- We believed, as an act of our will, and acted upon that by thanking the Lord in advance. We had to put our faith into action by being obedient to the directive from the woman of God.
Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that words have creative power- for good (blessings) and evil (curses).
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (NIV)
Step Out in Faith
I believe that when we thanked the Lord for healing Corinne’s back before it manifested, Holy Spirit performed the work in response to God’s grace, His promise to heal, and our faithfulness. Does our faith matter? Consider the woman in Luke 8:43-48 who was healed from the issuing of blood. Her faith, as she pushed through to touch the hem of his garment, healed her as she drew on His power.
Are you sick? Get healing prayer from anointed people. Pray for your own healing. If you are willing, try this also: thank Him for healing you! It does not need to be fancy or wordy, but faithfulness and consistency are essential. Something like this is acceptable:
“I thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying on the cross for me. Your body was broken even before the cross and the stripes you took on your back were for my healing. I receive it and thank you for healing me in your mighty name.”
If you have seen this principle work in your life or others, please let us know. The Body of Christ needs encouragement in these times, and it is a blessing to see God heal his people.