It was only in 2010 that I had first begun hearing stories of healing miracles. As I’ve mentioned here in my website many times, I spent my entire life going to a variety of churches including Catholic and Protestant and not one time did I remember hearing anything about God healing people as we see in the book of Acts or any of the gospels, etc. When I first heard that miracles did still happen today, I was amazed and I wanted to believe it but I could not understand why I had never heard about this in my churches. The only thing I knew about was that “there were fakes out there”.
Well…I soon found out that the primary reason I never saw any miracles was because the churches I went to actively taught that either miracles do not exist anymore or else they claimed to believe in them but couldn’t tell three words about what God had to say on the matter. It was a huge battle for me to get past all this unbelief and to learn the truth that God does in fact heal people and He often uses people just like me to do it! Fortunately, with a ton of intense study since 2010, I now have my own proof and testimonies that God does heal people exactly the same as we see in the Bible. Here’s a fairly broad intro to what I’ve learned, the top teachers I’ve learned from and some of my own healing testimonies.
(Note: This is a basic intro-level article; if you already have experience in this subject, this was not written for you.)
Education is Paramount
The first thing that needs to be emphasized is that healing in the most basic sense requires nothing more than the faith of a child. But, that does not mean healing will take place 100% of the time just because you have faith. The next thing to know is that certain types of healing are actually very easy but others can be very complex. It is not all as straight forward as I had hoped when I first began studying this.
There were times when I saw results and times when I did not. In the beginning, this greatly confused me and even caused quite a degree of aggravation. But, because of my persistence, I have continued to learn many valuable things which have shed light on some of the reasons why results may not show up right away.
One thing I’ve become pretty good at here (confirmed by my readers) is curating content from a wide variety of sources and putting it together in a series of coherent articles. With the amount of time I’ve spent studying all aspects of the supernatural in my own self-directed, Holy Spirit-led program, I could pretty much have a doctorate by now. Seriously, if I haven’t studied it myself, I can probably tell you where to go to get the info.
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.”
(Mark 16:17-18 NKJV)
Teeth Grinding and Food Allergies Healed
The first healing I ever received myself was from seven or more years of teeth grinding at night. It’s a matter recorded in my medical records that my teeth have worn in some places because of all this grinding. I sometimes would to wake up with mouth hurting and I eventually had to wear an athletic rubber mouth guard to protect my teeth from further damage. One day, while watching an interview with Joan Hunter on a Sid Roth program, I followed along with a prayer she gave for healing of the heart. Joan told of how negative events in our lives can store up and actually cause health problems for us later on.
When I followed her prayer, I realized my teeth grinding seemed to have suddenly stopped. I wasn’t sure at first but after the first week, I was convinced I was healed. The second week, I took out my mouth guard and stopped wearing it at night. The third week, I knew for a fact I was healed and I threw out the mouth guard! This was the end of at least seven years of grinding and it all came directly as a result of this prayer for healing of the heart! Believe me, after that, I understood the requirement for inner healing in some situations.
Because this was such a profound experience for me, I knew I had to go see Joan if the opportunity arose. When I found out she was coming to Tennessee, I drove the 12 hours to see her in person. While at the event, I asked someone on her staff about food allergies. As I wrote in one of my earliest articles here on this website, they told me food allergies are most of the time caused by holding onto unforgiveness for negative things people have done to us in the past.
I immediately went through a long list of everyone I could think of who may have done unpleasant things to me in the past and I expressly forgave each one of them. The next day I was able to eat a certain food (ginger) that had previously caused me years of a severe skin reaction in the form of cystic acne. From that day on, I continue to eat ginger with no reactions whatsoever. I was, and still am to this day, healed of this and several other food allergies! I recommend finding out more about Joan Hunter and especially her books on healing.
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
(Mark 11:25 NKJV)
First Healing Conference Attended
One of the first teachers who became a foundational part of my initial training on healing is a man who I saw on a Sid Roth program, Randy Clark. When I found out he was coming to a church near me in Virginia in 2014, I jumped at the chance to go. Randy comes from a background as a Baptist pastor who God miraculously healed around the age of 20 after he had been in a severe car accident where he was not expected to ever be able to function normally again. He tells in his testimony about attending a Bible college where, had it not been for his miraculous healing, the theological indoctrination taught by that school would have completely killed his faith in anything miraculous.
Randy is an extremely good researcher, writer and teacher and travels all over the world equipping people to pray for the sick – and they get amazing results. He also publishes the testimonies of healings on his ministry website after first obtaining medical documentation that prove the before and after conditions were valid. Randy also does an excellent job of proving the modern-day Biblical basis and justification for healing miracles. I strongly recommend checking out Randy Clark at his ministry: Global Awakening.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
(Matthew 10:8 NKVJ)
Two more resources I discovered (again on Sid Roth) have excellent and simple teaching on the topic of inner healing. As stated above, the more I learned about inner healing, the more I realized how inner issues and personal history can be directly related to health problems.
Dennis and Dr Jen Clark have a book called “Releasing the Divine Healer Within” where they talk about, among other things, the need to walk in constant forgiveness, peace and to avoid making any agreement with fear. Their teaching adds to what I had learned and experienced from Joan Hunter and helped in my own personal character transformation.
The next resource is a man I’ve referred to previously in my articles known by the name of Praying Medic. Two great resources you can pick up from him are “Divine Healing Made Simple” and “Emotional Healing in 3 Easy Steps”. Check these out at his online store or on Amazon. Praying Medic has an exceptionally broad and extensive list of topics that he covers in a series of books, articles, podcasts and videos where he aims to make all aspects of the supernatural as simple as possible so you can walk through easy steps and begin activating these same signs and wonders yourself.
In everything he publishes, just like everyone else I list here, Praying Medic gives substantial proof that what he teaches can be found in the Bible and is perfectly valid today. He is also a great one-stop resource where you can find out all his connections and influences, thereby greatly increasing your depth of knowledge on many subjects.
My Experiences Praying for Healing
I have used the techniques that I learned from Joan Hunter, Randy Clark and Praying Medic and have seen either instant or relatively fast progressive healings on several people. I admit I’m not out in public always looking for people to get healed as some do, but when I find an opportunity that I know I can work with, I go for it. Partly as a result of all the study I’ve done, my confidence and expectation for seeing a healing take place right in front of me is actually very high.
My first experience was with a friend who had a thumb injury from a sports event. I had her hold out her thumb and I grabbed it and said only these words, “in Jesus name, be healed”. I then had her check it out by bending it and she gave me a shocked look and said something like “what happened?!” She was able to use thumb the rest of the day. What I didn’t know until the next day was that some of the stiffness was still there. Because this was my first attempt, I didn’t think to ask any follow up questions so I had no idea it wasn’t totally healed. To be honest, I was just as surprised as she was on this first attempt! Therefore, for this occasion, I only ended up with a partial instant healing.
I later did the same thing with another friend who had a foot injury that had been ongoing for many weeks. Rather than touching the site of the injury (foot), I had her put her hand out and I told the pain to leave and the foot to be healed in Jesus name. I had to do this repeatedly because the pain was a bit slow to leave but the entire front of the foot was progressively healed while I stood there repeatedly speaking to the pain in Jesus name and telling it it must go. The only exception was that the big toe still hurt but within a week or so, that also was healed. This was a good example of a progressive but still relatively fast total healing.
The most recent example of a healing was a friend who had a sciatic nerve (leg) pain. From what she told me, this pain would last for several days and could be triggered by something like a twisting motion or some other straining use of the leg. I had her put her hand out (same as above) and I touched the top of it and told the pain to go, any spirits causing pain to go and for complete healing of this condition in Jesus name. I then had her stand up and check it out, to which she said the pain had all left. The next day she confirmed again the pain was still gone. This was therefore a nearly instant healing.
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.
(Luke 10:19 NKJV)
Lessons Learned from Failed Attempts
I also have some failed attempts to get either a healing to manifest right away or for a condition to remain healed. I once prayed for a woman with knee pain that was so bad, she could not stand up or sit down without it really hurting. From what I could tell, it was pretty severe. I finally got the chance to tell her about what I had been learning and then I put my fingers on one of her knees and told her about some of the healing verses in the Bible. I then told the pain to go and knees to be healed in Jesus name. I then asked her to get up and check it out.
The lady got up and bent down and said the pain was gone! I was very excited about this but then a couple weeks later, I heard all the pain came back again. That was when I began to realize that without proper education and mentoring, a healing can actually be “lost”. That also led me to realize that just healing a person was one thing, but to totally transform their life according to Biblical truth requires a much more in depth process.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
(Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV)
Another time I took the opportunity to try and get at least some conditions healed of an elderly person whom I had known for a number of years. I tried everything I could think of to get a blind eye restored, blood pressure to come back into proper balance, back and knee pain to stop and some other conditions that I can’t remember now. In each case, not one single healing happened. I did not try only once or twice or even five times but I kept trying repeatedly more times than I can remember. Still no results. Here’s what I finally realized…
First, I don’t consider age to be an excuse for why a healing doesn’t seem to happen but there are times when that can be a complicating factor and even Elisha and some modern day believers who operate in the supernatural died of various health issues. What I learned once again was that there were inner personal issues that had not been dealt with. One of these was a lifelong stronghold of negative thinking and negative speech, especially in the form of speaking against self or against any possibility of a healing.
Negative attitudes and speech are a form of self-cursing and will absolutely block a healing. You must learn to control your thoughts and your mouth in order to see results.
There were also historical issues that went all the way back to an extremely negative childhood upbringing by parents that constantly yelled and fought with each other. I came to realize that if inner issues and strongholds like this are not dealt with, all my attempts to address the physical problems will not bear much fruit.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
(Proverbs 18:21 NKJV)
This is a very short synopsis of my own learning and experiences. I strongly recommend that you check out each of the resources I’ve listed above and buy their books, watch their videos, visit their websites, and find out as much as possible. Again, I make a very strong point that you must do what I did and approach this huge topic with an Acts 17:11 open mind and the understanding that you do not know everything and just because you’ve never heard something before, does not invalidate it.
The more you study all this and find out what God says about this in the Bible, it will transform your beliefs and you will begin to see results just like I have. I did not come into this easily; if I can do it, you can do it also. There is much more information available than just what I’ve written here but these are some of the best places to start.