Q. In an article you wrote on July 2, 2003, you said, “From time to time friends ask me to pray over them for healing. Usually it’s a serious matter where they don’t feel comfortable trusting the medical community alone for their healing. The last time this happened I was led to connect four passages in scripture where the subject is addressed directly and gained some interesting insights.”
I have and am still studying these passages and I believe God still heals today, I don’t believe it ended with the Apostles. I am a Southern Baptist by denomination but I am first a Christian. I am also a Pastor. What I am asking is how did you word this prayer concerning this person? I have read many of your articles and have not found a worded prayer. I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I know prayer works but sometimes I don’t understand how to word that prayer other than the way they are worded in the Bible (the sharpest sword there is.) Thank you for all the help you send forth in your articles. I read them everyday and they have helped me considerably to learn more and more!!!
A. How a prayer is worded is not important. God knows what you’re asking. In James 5:15-16 we’re told that the prayer offered in faith by a righteous person is powerful and effective.
You have the righteousness of God imputed to you by faith in Jesus (Romans 3:21-24). If you believe the Lord will heal the person you’re praying for it doesn’t matter what you say.
For added information, read what Jesus and the Apostles said when they healed people. Their prayers were more like commands than requests.