Christians routinely visit a sick friend or relative in the hospital. Some will stir up their faith and pray for healing while they are there, maybe even laying hands upon them. Would you like to step your spiritual warfare a notch or two? In this article, I’m going to suggest four bold tactics for you to consider so that your next visit turns into a spiritual power encounter.
Begin by stirring up your warrior mindset! As John Wimber put it, moving in healing and deliverance means a power encounter with the demonic realm. Do you believe that sickness and disease is from the demonic realm and that it is God’s will and provision to heal? (There are, of course, corner cases where a person is well on, and years and it may be their season to return home to Jesus). When sick people came (or were brought) to Jesus, he either healed them or delivered them from demons that were behind their infirmity.
When you enter a hospital, you can discern the spiritual darkness that is there. While many are helped and go home cured, disease, despair, hopelessness and death abound. God works through medical professionals to facilitate healing, but they cannot be a Christian’s only hope. Jesus is the healer and deliverer, and when a Spirit-filled, bible-believing believer walks into a hospital room, he or she is a carrier of that divine power and there is an opportunity to do battle! Stir up your faith and step out of the boat if the following suggestions resonate with your spirit.
- When it comes time to pray, remove unbelievers and unbelieving believers from the room. Lack of faith hindered Jesus from doing miracles in his hometown. In Luke 8:49-56, Jesus went to the home of Jairus because the man’s daughter had died. He told Jairus no to afraid, to just believe and that she would be healed. Jesus only let his three closest disciples and the child’s parents into the room. All the others wailed and declared death over her, but Jesus raised her from the dead.You will need to be gentle, but firm, in ushering others out.
- Anoint the room with oil and pray over it. Who knows what demons are lurking around that room or what has transpired in the past. Pray the blood of Jesus and command demons to leave.
- Break word curses (medical, diagnostic or other) spoken over the patient. In the tongue is the power of life and death (Prov. 18:21) so break word curses spoken over the patients condition or prognosis.
- Declare healing over the person and thank Jesus for doing it. There are many different and effective healing models in the Body of Christ. I don’t see in the bible that Jesus ever prayed for people to be healed; He just healed them! Speak life (Prov. 18:21). Walk in the revelation you have here and be bold!
- Call out spirits of infirmity. We contend that people should be properly prepared before ministering deliverance but calling out infirmity spirits, as the Lord leads, can yield good fruit! In Luke 13:11, Jesus ministered deliverance to a woman who was crippled by a spirit of infirmity and she received her healing.
I recognize that this involves a level of faith and boldness that many are not ready for. I do believe that the Lord will prompt you and embolden you when it is the right place and time.
Twenty five years ago, as a young follower of Christ, I was sovereignly empowered to lay hands on my father (an unbeliever) and pray for healing before he went in for cancer surgery. The Lord graced him with an additional twenty years here and he got saved four days before his passing. I will never forget how faith rose up in me to quell the fleshly fear that was raging.
If you will step out in faith and follow these, I believe that Jesus will honor that in you and you will see healings manifest in your presence. Healing is the children’s bread (Matthew 15:26), and if you believe that we were healed by His stripes, I encourage you to rise in this area and see what God does. Please let us hear from you as you put this to the test.