About one-third of the record of Jesus’ life and teaching involved healing and deliverance. Three episodes from his life will illustrate his ministry and show us how to follow his example.
Let’s watch Jesus in action and see what we can learn about prayer for healing.
At Simon’s House
Luke records what happened at Simon’s house. He wrote, “After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her.
“Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them” (Luke 4.38-39).
There are three things we can glean from this episode from Jesus’ life.
(1) Prayer is asking – They asked Jesus about Simon’s mother-in-law.
Prayer is the act of bring someone before our loving God. They didn’t tell Jesus what to do, they simply mentioned her to Jesus and he did the rest.
(2) Prayer of Command – Jesus used the same prayer of command for this lady’s fever as he did with the demon in Luke 4.35.
Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and completely surrendered to the will of the Father. This enabled him to command the fever to leave Simon’s mother-in-law.
I believe there are circumstances when the prayer of command is to be used. When we are empowered by the Spirit and directed by God, we can speak to an infirmity and see God remove the problem.
Our son, John, frequently uses the prayer of command. When people feel something taking place in their lives or are healed, they often say, “What did you do?”
John replies, “I didn’t do anything. Jesus loves you and is working in your life.”
(3) Response of Faith – The mother-in-law responded by arising and serving Jesus and friends of Simon.
Gratitude and faith is displayed by willing service.
Healing does not always lead to faith and discipleship. We know a person has recognized God’s loving hand in their health by how they respond to him.
Many Healed and Delivered
When people heard about Jesus, they came as quickly as they could for his help.
— Luke 4.40-41 – As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.
There are two things I’d like to emphasize about this slice of life from Jesus’ ministry.
(1) Prayer is bringing people to Jesus. Prayer is a way that we can bring people to Jesus for healing, deliverance and salvation.
(2) Jesus often used touch as a part of his healing ministry.
We need to avoid imitating Jesus methods, if we are not led and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
If the Holy Spirit is guiding us, we should consider using touch and the prayer of command. The most important component is that we are aligned with God through his Spirit.
Time Alone with God
All of the Gospels record times when Jesus removed himself from the crowd and met with his Father. Luke records one of the times when Jesus met with the Father in solitude.
Luke 4.42 – At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them.
Other accounts of Jesus’ alone time with the Father spell out that he used the time for prayer.
The question we should ask ourselves is, if Jesus needed this time with the Father, what makes us think that we don’t?
Everything Jesus did was in alignment with the Father’s will and empowered by the Holy Spirit. He is our model. To be used in ministry we need to do as he did.
The crowd didn’t understand God’s purposes and wanted to keep Jesus in their community. Jesus had a different agenda.
Luke 4.43-44 – But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.”
So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.
Notice the word, “must,” in verse 43. In the Greek language it conveys something that is absolutely necessary. Jesus cannot escape following the will of the Father. For that reason, he leaves for other parts of Judea.
We will be more effective in our partnership with God if we have regular times of prayer with him. It is there that our will becomes aligned with God’s.
Jesus’ prayer promise will be fulfilled in us, as we live in this fashion.
Jesus said, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15.7).
YouTube Video with Rudy
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. Rudy has studied the Bible for years and is a lover of God. You will be blessed by his insights.
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