20 Questions and Answers to Build Your Faith for Healing
John David Hicks, Evangelist © 2004
Read Part One (1-15) before you are prayed for and Part Two (16-20) after you are prayed for. Meditate on the scriptures and your answers.
Part One (before you are prayed for)
1. Do you believe that God heals today? Yes___ No___ (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 103:1-5)
2. Did you read the above scriptures or the “Handout on Healing”? Yes___ No___
3. Do you believe that God can heal YOU? Yes___ No___ (Why not?) All things are possible with God (Luke 1:37; Romans 11:34-36). All things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23; Philippians 4:13). In His healing ministry, Jesus demanded faith. To the centurion: “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed (Matthew 8:13). To the blind man: “According to your faith will it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29). Unbelief is a serious sin (John 16:9). God expects you to live by faith (Romans 1:17). Faith is trust, founded on the truth of the Word of God, which gives the assurance of faith to the heart. Thus, the object of faith is God and His revealed Word (Hebrews 11:6).
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have more than enough faith to be healed. The same faith that saves you heals you. They are both part of the atonement. The key is receiving and believing by taking action. Anyone who will receive salvation can be saved; anyone who will receive healing can be healed (John 6:37).
4. Will you do what Scripture tells you to do: In faith call for the elders of the church to be prayed for? Have you read James 5:13-18 and meditated on these verses? Yes___ No___ Since healing is by faith, and “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20), it is when you begin to receive that God begins to heal or save (John 1:12). “The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven” (James 5:15-16). But faith must be acted upon.
5. Is there any known sin in your life? Have you confessed it and repented of it? Yes___ No___ True repentance is when you recognize the seriousness of sin, confess it, and stop doing it.
6. Are there any generational sins of bondage, oppression, or curses on your life? (Exodus 20:5). Yes___ No___ They are broken when you confess that what your ancestors did was sin. God is light; He will reveal. If you know there is something but don’t know what it is, ask God. He will break any generational sins and curses and set you free.
7. Do you need to go to someone and make something right? (Matthew 5:21-24; 18:15-35; Romans 12:9-10; 14:21). Yes___ No___ Now list the names of those persons with whom God wants you to make some adjustments, and next to their names write what God wants you to do:
WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO DO _____________ __________________________________________
8. Do you need to forgive yourself for some shameful thing you have done? (Matthew 5:14-15). Yes___ No___
9. Have you been rejected by someone close to you? (Luke 6:22-23). Yes___ No___ (Your father?)
10. Are you full of fear and stress? (1 Peter 5:7; 1 John 4:18). Yes___ No___
11. Do you want to get well? (John 5:6). Yes___ No___ (Why not?) _________________________
12. Do you believe God’s Word that He will heal you? (James 5:14-15). Yes___ No___ (Why wouldn’t God heal you?) _____________________ __________________________________________
13. After you are healed, is there anything you need to do to stay well? __________________________
14. Have you answered all the questions? Yes___ No___ Are there any “No” answers? Why?
15. Did you read article #4 on “The Power of Soaking Prayer”? Will you ask, seek, and knock by seeking your healing with all your heart? Yes___ No___ (Why not?)
Part Two (after you are prayed for)
16. Did God heal you? (Luke 1:38) Yes___ No___ There is a difference between a miracle and a healing. Healing is the restoration of diseased tissue, but a miracle is a creative act of God. Paul makes this distinction in 1 Corinthians 12:9-10. This misunder-standing has robbed many people of the blessings of God’s healing touch. A miracle may take place right away, while healing may take place over time. Jesus said, “They will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:18 nrsv). “Recover” implies future action. The healing may have begun and be completed later. Without grasping the difference between a miracle and a healing, many Christians have struggled in their faith when their healing is not immediate. Faith is tested when there is a delay between the promise and its fulfillment.
17. Did you give God the glory and thank Him? (Psalm 27:6). Yes___ No___ (Why not?)
18. Did you give testimony to others of God’s goodness and power? (Psalm 107:2). Yes___ No___ (Why not?)
19. Do you need to continue to ask, seek, and knock in soaking prayer? (Luke 11:9-13; James 5:15; Psalm 103:1-5). Yes___ No___
20. Did you lose your healing? Writers on healing say that 80 percent of those who are healed have no recurrence; for about 20 percent, however, the symptoms try to return within two weeks. The problem is that your body has been programmed to feel pain and sickness.
For example, a woman whose bones were broken in a serious accident nine years ago hurt all over. If anyone touched her she experienced pain. When she was healed she was free of pain. She slept through the night for the first time in nine years. But the next morning, she felt pain in her leg. She cried out, “But Jesus, you healed me!” The Lord said to her, “Your mind must be reprogrammed. Just praise Me that I am continuing to heal you.”
She praised God that He was still working and the pain left. An hour later she felt pain in her other leg. Again she praised God that He was still working and the pain left. She has been free ever since. A physical therapist told her, “Muscle has memory. When you have been in pain for a long time, your body is use to the pain and your mind by habit wants to go back to it. Your mind must be reprogrammed to accept your healing. Continue to praise God.”
When doubts come, some Christians lose their healing, like when Peter walked on water (Matt. 14:28). Jesus said to Peter, “Come,” and Peter walked on the sea. But then he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink. He cried out, “Lord, save me!” Back in the boat, Jesus asked Peter, “Why did you doubt? It was My will. I told you to come.”
We know it was God’s will and God’s timing. Peter did not sink because God was trying to teach him some lesson or some mysterious purpose was being worked out in his character. He began to sink because he doubted Jesus and focused on the wind and waves. Jesus did not change His mind. Peter’s walking on the water was dependent upon his faith in Christ and his resistance to doubting. The same is true in salvation. When doubts come, you end up questioning the work of God.
That means that it can be God’s will but something in you can stop it. Doubt overshadowed Peter’s faith and prevented him from doing what Jesus said he would do. Likewise, doubt can overshadow a healing or miracle that God wants to do for you—hindering God’s plan. As you look unto Jesus, He will be the author and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Healing is in the covenant (Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28). One of God’s names is The Lord Your Healer (Exodus 15:26). In Jeremiah 8:22 God asks His people: “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?”
Come for prayer. Jesus came to save, heal, and deliver—whatever your need: physical healing; spiritual healing; emotional healing; healing of memories—the sins and hurts of the past; generational sins and sickness; healing for bondages and habits; breaking of curses. Come for prayer. Faith must be acted upon.