An Introduction to Praying for Physical Healing

In this March 24th Sunday night Awaken service, Pastor Kasey and his wife Dawn teach an introductory seminar on Elevation’s beliefs and practices regarding praying for physical healing.

If you want a study tool to go along with the seminar, see below:

An Introduction to the Beliefs and Practices of Elevation Church about Prayer for Physical Healing


Key theological aspects of Praying for Physical Healing:


1., Jesus perfectly reveals the heart of God the Father.

“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” John 14:9

“…the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing”John 5:19

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.   Colossians 2:9


2. Jesus reveals in word and deed that the heart of the father, the will of God, is to bring more of heaven’s wholeness and health to earth.

“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as it is heaven.” Matthew 6:10

“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.”

Mark 1:40–42


3. Jesus is NEVER a friend of sickness. He always treated bodily disease and sickness as opposition to God’s heart and God’s will.  He never turned someone away and said it was God’s will or God’s gift to them.

“And wherever he [Jesus] came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.”       Mark 6:53–56


4. Jesus commanded all of his followers to go and do like He did.

“Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness…As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.    Matthew 10:1–8

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.   John 14:12–13


5. The same Holy Spirit that rested upon and filled up Jesus for his supernatural ministry, also fills up and rests upon his followers for the same heaven to earth bringing supernatural ministry.

Jesus’ baptism: 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;    Matthew 3:16  

And then Luke describes it this way: 1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness   Luke 4:1

Jesus’ followers: And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.    2:3-4


Do’s (How we pray for physical healing):

1. We speak the promises of God, based on the character of God, over people’s life.  (revealed especially in the life of Jesus who healed all sickness and disease)


2. We pray bold prayers with EXPECTANT faith because God is the one who loves to: “do above and beyond what we can ask or imagine. (Eph 3:20)”

“Fear not little flock, for it is my father’s good pleasure to give you His kingdom.”  Luke 12:32


3. We speak prayers of blessing over people’s identity before God, e.g. that they are beloved sons and daughters of a good heavenly father who loves to give his kingdom to his children.  “How great is the father’s love that he has lavished upon us that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are.” 1John 3:1

“Fear not little flock, for it is my father’s good pleasure to give you His kingdom.”  Luke 12:32


4. We make declarations about their future based on who God has revealed himself to be and what we are trusting God for.

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

“…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” Romans 4:17


5. Binding and Loosing: We simply take authority over any work of the enemy and bind up and cancel the plans and power in the name of Jesus and release more of heaven’s wholeness and goodness into the situation.  18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.    Matthew 18:18–19


6. We stay humble, admitting there is mystery involved and we don’t understand how all of this works and its not about us knowing a perfect formula.  But we do know, the more we pray for physical healing, the more we will see and experience physical healing. We also know that it is always the heart of God to heal, as Jesus revealed. We never try to rationalize someone not being healed by saying that it must not be God’s will to heal. We humble ourselves before the mystery and keep praying for healing.


7. We seek to listen well to the person, engage them with the gentleness and compassion of Jesus and pray his heart for them. Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.   Matthew 20:34


8. Love and Rest: our job is to make the person feel loved, cared for and blessed by the heart of Jesus for them. Rest in Him. Heidi Baker has a great quote: It’s our job to love, it’s his job to heal. Let your spirit be at rest in Him as you pray.


Don’ts (What we don’t do when praying for physical healing):

1. We don’t condemn people for a lack of faith.

“I believe, help my unbelief” Mark 9:24 That was good enough for Jesus!


2. We don’t press and ask people about personal details of their life that they are not comfortable sharing.


3. We don’t declare “Thus says the Lord”. We are open to and love it when the Lord gives prophetic words but we recognize our own fallibility so we come humbly and say things like “I feel the Lord is saying this, test it…”


4. We don’t pray out loud in tongues (an exception would be you know the person well and have asked permission. But it is still to be done quietly so as to not make a spectacle or distraction).

Kasey Crawford