PRAYING FOR THE SICK 3
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This is the concluding part of our praying for the sick series. We’ve discussed the several types of prayer and how to handle the prayer for the sick. Also we’ve treated the way to deal with demon-related sickness but today we shall be looking at being courageous at the point of praying for the sick.
I’ll be addressing this case with one of my experiences and the story of Joshua.
Some years back, I had an encounter with a young boy of not more than 10 years. His parents told me that he’s possessed with an evil spirit and the boy had been taken to so many deliverance ministers and the spirit in that boy spoke out that it was in the life of the boy to destroy him. The spirit also said that it usually operates in the life of different people in different states of Nigeria. And after it is successful in taking the life of its host, then it will move to another person. The spirit even mentioned the state where it operated last, so it was the turn of the boy’s life to be destroyed. The spirit had been successful in paralysing one hand of the boy and the boy couldn’t talk fluently again.
When I heard the ordeal of this boy, I was afraid and started thinking about what I would say if the spirit didn’t leave the boy and his parents saw me later on. But thanks to the blessed Holy Spirit, He gave me Bible verses to clear my fear. While quoting those Bible verses, courage was built up in me and I ministered to the boy leveraging on the words Holy Spirit told me and Bible verses and to the glory of God, I prayed with the boy and weeks later, I got a testimony that he is now on his feet and had started going to school. (Glory to God).
If you’re just learning to pray for the sick, there will always be a thought that wells up in you that WHAT IF HE/SHE IS NOT HEALED after I prayed with him? I want you to know that there’s a man inside the Bible named Joshua who faced the same issue you’re facing but God’s instructions for him was to be STRONG AND BE COURAGEOUS.
Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.
If you’re facing this at another time, I want you to know that it’s normal that you feel that way and when you’re feeling this, I want you to put these into action:
1. What did God tell you about the scenario you found yourself? BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.
2. Ask yourself, “If the recipient gets healed, who’s going to take the Glory?” God. “Who’s going to take the shame too?” God. So do what God is telling you to do.
3. If the thought of IF S/HE WON’T BE HEALED is coming, counter it with WHAT IF HE’S HEALED?
4. Speak boldly and loudly as you pray with the person. Your confidence is a weapon of warfare.
As you follow these, testimonies await you. Can you confess that I WILL BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS?