Power and Authority for Healing
Most of us have been taught that healing comes when we ask God to heal someone who is sick or injured. We pray and God hears our prayer and based on His knowledge of the situation He decides to either heal them or not. If this is how you believe healing takes place, I would ask you to set aside your beliefs for a while as we examine what the Bible teaches about the process of healing.
Most of us were taught how to pray by someone we respected. That first prayer may have sounded something like, “God, please bless mommy and daddy and our dog, Buster… in Jesus name I pray, Amen!”
When we became older, our style of prayer probably changed. Some of us developed a bit more desperation; “God I really need this job! You know how much this means to me, so please hear me and make this job happen now… in Jesus name I pray, Amen!”
It’s true that Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…” finishing with, “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.”
Some of us believe there is virtue in accepting the outcome of a situation, regardless of how it works out. “Lord, if it’s your will, please heal grandma of cancer, but if it’s not your will, give us the grace to accept her sickness and death.”
I don’t mean to be critical of those who offer such prayers in earnest. But most of us who pray this way seldom see people healed. After trying this approach and praying with hundreds of people but seeing almost complete failure, I discovered a better, more biblical approach. I suppose there’s nothing more insulting than to be told we don’t know what we’re doing when we pray. As people of faith, we pride ourselves on our prayer life. But we should ask ourselves if our prayers for healing are effective or not.
Over the last year, I would estimate that about 80 percent of the people I have prayed with have been healed. In a week when my faith was operating consistently, about half of them were healed instantly. In a typical week I might pray with as few as ten or as many as 30 people for healing of different conditions. Occasionally, in a particular week, everyone I prayed with was healed.
You must understand that this kind of success is not guaranteed and my results from week to week may vary greatly. I have some weeks, where the success rate may be closer to 30 percent, but that happens only rarely. A number of friends have reported a 100 percent healing rate for a particular weekend of ministry. The success we have is the result of using a different approach to prayer . At this point, you may be wondering why we aren’t setting up camp at cancer clinics if we have this kind of success. Unfortunately, it’s incredibly difficult to find anyone in health care who will take you seriously when your specialty is faith healing.
Supernatural healing is not yet accepted as a valid form of treatment by most hospitals and clinics. Even when hospitals employ chaplains, they don’t expect them to work miracles. Their role is primarily emotional support and grief counseling.
On September 2, 2010, I had a dream in which I was standing on the edge of eternity with a group of friends who operate in healing. Pete Cabrera and Jessie Campbell were two of the people with me. While I gazed into eternity, Jessie approached and handed me a scroll. I knew what was written on it. It had a declaration that said, “You have been given authority over all the power of the enemy.” I took the scroll and wrote the words down.
Then I approached another person and read the declaration to him and he wrote it down.
The dream was a revelation of an eternal promise given to those who want to heal the sick. We know that some forms of sickness are planned and carried out by the enemy. But we have been given authority over sickness, disease, trauma and all other powers of the enemy.
Largely due to the teaching of men like Andrew Wommack and Curry Blake, many believers have begun to see the kind of success in healing achieved by Jesus and His disciples. These believers have a confidence and tenacity you won’t find elsewhere in the Church. They tend to function as a kind of spiritual police, arresting sickness and disease and enforcing the principles of God’s kingdom.
The truth about healing will come as a shock to most Christians and it will challenge their theology. When you review the individual healing accounts recorded in the New Testament, you’ll find that not once did Jesus or His disciples ask God the Father to heal a sick or demonized person. A few people begged Jesus for healing, but Jesus never asked His Father to heal them, nor did the disciples. That fact ought to make us reconsider how we approach healing.
If it wasn’t His approach to ask His Father to heal the sick, what approach did Jesus use? Let’s have a look.
When Jesus was summoned by the Roman Centurion to heal his servant, the soldier recognized the authority He had over sickness. Here is one of the keys to healing – it’s a matter of authority. Because the Centurion understood how authority works, his faith was able to apprehend healing for his servant. No prayer was involved; Jesus spoke a word and the servant was healed. It was a simple transaction involving the faith of the Centurion and the authority of Jesus. There are a number of other healings that occurred in this manner, recorded in Matthew chapter 8.
Although He used slightly different approaches in each encounter, Jesus usually spoke a word of healing, touched the sick person or in some way transferred power to them. He didn’t ask His Father to heal them.
A few passages from the New Testament when taken together reveal the plan Jesus had for His disciples in regard to healing and deliverance. It’s actually a simple outline for operating in healing. As recorded in Matthew chapter 10, Jesus chose twelve disciples and commissioned them to go out to the cities of Israel. These were His
instructions to them:
“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.”
He gave them authority over all the power of the enemy:
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
He revealed a few of the things His disciples would do:
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
After He was resurrected He told them they would receive power:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
He gave His disciples assignments for healing, deliverance and raising the dead, and He gave them the power and authority to do them. Now let’s have a closer look at the kind of power and authority He gave
Authority to Heal
Faith isn’t the only factor involved in healing. Some healers have great faith, but lack an understanding of their authority. The word for “authority” which is found in Luke 10:19 is the Greek word, exousia. I looked up this word in Strong’s Concordance and found the following definitions:
- Power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases
- The ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises
- The power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)
Power to Heal
Faith and authority are two of the keys to healing, but there is a third key we must understand – power. Jesus gave power to His disciples. What kind of power did He give them?
The Greek word translated “power” in Acts 1:8 is the word dunamis. Strong’s Concordance gives the following definitions:
- Strength, power, ability
- Inherent power, or power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
- Power for performing miracles
The authority we have is the legal right to do the things Jesus commanded us to do. The power He gave us (the anointing) is the operation of the Holy Spirit in us. These definitions speak of power and authority that reside with the individual. While our authority is ultimately tied to the authority of Christ, it is given to us and it may be exercised by us in whatever way we choose.
The power for healing is a manifestation of the kingdom of God that permanently resides in us. Once we’ve been given power and authority to heal the sick, we never need to ask God to do it. We have the power and authority to heal them ourselves. This power and authority is how Jesus and the disciples healed and it is no different for us today.
We’ve noted that some people were healed when power left Jesus as He passed by them. The woman healed of the bleeding disorder is one example. Some people feel heat or tingling sensations when I pray with them and some feel nothing at all. Yet many of them are healed, whether they feel anything or not. Some people feel power leaving their body when they pray for others, but I do not. The only thing I feel is the presence of God around me.
We must understand that the power to heal resides with us. It is true that the power does not originate in us. It comes from God. But it comes to us and is released through us by the power of the Holy Spirit operating in us. We are something like portable power stations walking the earth. How marvelous it is that He has placed His treasure in these very earthen vessels.
Before we close, I want to share one more point about authority:
The Bible says that believers have been seated (past tense) with Christ in heavenly places (see Eph. 2:6). It also says that Christ is seated on a throne in heaven beside His Father (see Eph. 1:20). If we have been seated with Him, then we are also seated on a throne in heaven – which is our seat of authority. We rule and reign beside Him.
Rulers who reign from their throne do not engage their enemy directly in battle. They simply make declarations from their seat of authority and their declarations are carried out. It is the fact that they occupy a seat of established authority that allows their spoken commands to be carried out. It’s not the individual, but the seat they occupy that grants authority. If they were not seated on a throne, their commands would not have the same effect. Once we understand how to occupy our seat of authority in heaven, and how to rule from it, everything we do takes on a different dimension. The exercise of our authority is not limited to healing. It extends to all areas of life.
Most of us have been taught incorrectly about prayer and healing. We haven’t been informed about our power and authority. I don’t want to be too critical of church leadership and this isn’t meant to be a book on theology. But there are some erroneous things being taught in the Church that need to be corrected.
Many of us have cried out to God to do something for our loved one as they lay dying of cancer. God has already done all that He needs to do. He paid for their healing and He gave us the power and authority to heal them. The thief comes to our house to steal, kill and destroy the people we care about. If the tongue holds the power of life and death, then your mouth is a loaded gun, a weapon that destroys sickness and disease. Isn’t it time you started using it? If you haven’t begun to exercise this power and authority, there’s no time like the present. Go ahead, step out of the boat and watch the power of God begin to work through you.
This is an excerpt from my book Divine Healing Made Simple.
Please pray for healing of autism for my grandson Kade Lewis, 15 year old. His main problem is repetition of tv shows and movies. I have read your book and have had no success.
I’m praying for him.
I have watched and read your teachings on self healing, but still have too many doubts and struggles to have success yet. I was especially interested in your words about having demons inside being the cause of illness or disease, and believe this might be happening to me. Some type of “bumps” have developed across my fingers, tender when hit with any type of contact. Just five or so on one finger at the start, I now have them on all ten fingers as well as my palms. I have never seen anything like this before, no treatments I’ve tried have given me any relief or improvement. Mark (my fiancé) and I have prayed over it, together and separately. Dave, I would ask you to pray for me to be released from this demon. I believe.
Please let me know how to contact you privately for a prayer request. Thank you.
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Hey Dave. I enjoy your authority and success with healing. I’ve been trying to pray and command with authority for God to heal my daughter Erika. She suffers from both anxiety and the stress related rash all over her hands. They blister and break and are painful and limit her use of her hands during these never-ending attacks. The doctor attributes the hand issues to her anxiety but she hasn’t had any large issues of late. I’ve been unsuccessful in my many attempts. Will you intercede for us? Thanks so much!
I am praying for her.
Praying Medic– I stand in my power and authority given to me through God.✝️
I have many autoimmune diseases that I’ve been dealing with one after another, and lots concurrently. I was healthy until 5 years ago, but now my medical rap sheet is like a residivist criminal. I know there is some good in all my serious health struggles over the past five years, as it took me out of my career path and forced me to stay home, be still, and look inward. *The main message I’ve been given by God is to look inward, work on oneself, and align with God.* The more I look, the more I see. Hopefully this advice will help others in this public comment. But, I ask you to please pray for me and my whole body healing, mentally and physically. I need to be healthy in order to better share His word! Especially to heal the chronic fatigue, insomnia, and pain and to be able to get off pharmaceuticals that ultimately don’t suit me. I just want to be me again! A better version of me! I’ve always been a good person, but very flawed of course, and a very powerful person but shyed away from my power but now I claim my Authority under God, in Jesus’ name, to fully stand in my power to vibe good into myself and throughout the world. Thank you, Praying Medic, in advance, for your prayers. I really appreciate them. God bless us all! ❤️ From Courtney, an American and Worldwide Patriot and above all, a servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.✝️
Please pray for a young girl, now 14, who had leukemia as a child. The church raised money for her treatment and she was healed through treatment and God’s grace. Now she has brain cancer. Her father is a pastor. Used to be my daughter’s youth pastor, but has since moved away. Please pray. I prayed with my authority as a fledgling with our prayer group. Still she suffers. From their Facebook post today:
“Thank you everyone for your prayers, we feel them and still need them.
We met w the doctors and it feels like a nightmare
Katie has an aggressive stage IV brain cancer (GMB)
There’s no treatments for her 😢
She beat cancer before, we are not giving up.
Our hope is in the Lord, we will praise Him in this storm. He is not surprised even though we never saw it coming. What the enemy planned for evil, God will use it for good. We need a miracle 🙏”
I am praying for her.
I’m having a colonoscopy tomorrow. I had colorectal cancer last year. Please pray for no presence of cancer or polyps. Thank you,
I am praying for you.
Hello Sir! I have just found you and have ordered the Devine healing book. The only excercise I have in administering healing is over myself and my animals. I have had great success in declaring healing over my animals and praying over them in The Spirit, Praise God! I have a dog with a lump on his side and I have been laying hands on it for a few months now. Binding it and commanding it be thou removed and cast into the sea in the Name of Jesus. However it still is visible. I don’t care what anyone says, I know I have enough faith and that, that bump must go in the Name of Jesus. I must be lacking the authority in my mind, I’m at a loss of why it isn’t gone…Looking forward to your book and any good advice you can offer. Looking forward to reading all of your books!
How incredible it was to stumble upon this! I am thankful to the Holy Spirit for guiding me. I am ready to heal myself and my family!
Please pray for my 4 kids, especially my son with allergies and asthma.
I have been praying for my healing for 15 years and my kids for past 10 years. I know now that we weren’t using the prayer correctly.
Thank you so much!
I am praying for them.
Would it be possible to receive a personal prayer from you? Critical health condition.
We receive prayer requests here or via email.
Do you pray for healing of marriages? I follow you on telegram. My husband works from home because he isn’t vaxxed. He’s very down and has pulled away from our marriage. He’s an alcoholic a highly functioning one and spends zero time with me. I pray for his emotional healing and a miracle for our marriage. I also have health problems and have an upcoming colonoscopy March 1st to remove a flat polyp which are a difficult procedure. Had one removed in November too and my colon got punctured. I pray for it to be GONE when they do the procedure. Thank you PM.
I am praying for your health and your marriage.
I am just lost and confused. That’s the only thing I can say. I don’t know where to begin? I’ve ordered your books, I’m in the middle of a cpl and I just stop and get the feeling of guilt so I start reading the Bible. I lost my husband and tmw will be a year and I’m still hurting. I have so many doubts about everything. I feel like I’m on the right path one day or awhile and the next I read something and I feel lost again? I don’t know my calling? I started going to a new church about 6 months ago that I love and talked to the pastor. He said the 1st time I walked in the church (Pentecostal) (which I feel God led me to) he saw that Holy Spirit had his hands all over me and there are great things ahead for me but there are things I have to unlearn that was taught to me from past church’s (Presbyterian). We are taught the word of God and have Bible study at my new church and I love my new church family. My old church we didn’t take our Bible’s bc we really didn’t need to the Reverend would read a scripture or two, plan a sermon around it, pass the collection plate, finish with the Lord’s prayer and there you go! I feel like I know very little about the Holy Spirit bc we weren’t taught about it. I feel like I lost my way! I miss my husband I was a widow at 51yrs old and I feel like he was my soul mate 😢 I’ve been receiving peace from the Lord but the evil one keeps throwing stuff at me. To top things off I’m going through menopause with hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain all while searching for a new job(not very confident going to interviews feeling like I’m bursting out of my clothes, I’m tired of being on a diet). I’ve been trying to heal myself but I don’t think that’s going very well. I need the Lord and feel like he’s hiding sometimes? I feel unworthy, fake, lost, and unrighteous! Please just pray for me that he reveals me all things I need to know to get me through this?
I am praying for you.
Prayers Dental Pain! Thank you!
I’ve used the power and authority for my husband’s healing. He has a brain disorder that cropped up after his recent hospital stay. We’re both born again Christians. I have not yet seen his healing manifest. I continue to command it to heal and have thrown out all demons. Please join with me as I pray.
I am praying for him.
Over the last 3 years I have been getting skin cancer on my face. I have had radiation treatments twice. I have a new spot on my nose and I have been praying for healing. I have watched your video on healing cancer many time. I have much anxiety and worry over this. Watching your videos has given me great comfort. I keep praying for healing of my skin cancer many times a day. I would like to ask you to please pray for my healing. Thank you for everything you are going.
I am praying for you.