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Can I heal as Jesus healed?

Question: “Jesus healed with power and authority. How can I heal as Jesus healed?”

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We normally picture Jesus receiving instructions from His Father through the only Holy Spirit, following those instruction, and the person being healed by the Holy Spirit. Sounds clear, but then why did the Father give Jesus all power and authority? If the Holy Spirit is the healer, then why did Jesus need power and authority?  What was the power and authority used for?  When Jesus sent the 12 out and later the 70, He gave them power and authority and told them to cast out the devil, to heal, and to preach the Gospel. Notice that Jesus never said to pray for healing of the sick or to ask the Father.  Rather He said, “you heal them” in my name. When they returned, they joyfully proclaimed that in the name of Jesus, the devil was cast out of many and many where healed.

Jesus clearly states that He never did anything by His own intent, but He only did what His Father told Him to do through the Holy Spirit.  So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise (John 5:19).

When did Jesus receive His power and authority

Before Jesus was conceived, He was God the Son but was not the Son of Man as the Son of Man did not exist.  It appears that the Father did not give Jesus power and authority until He was Baptized. There is no indication of Jesus having power and authority until after He was Baptized.

What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him (Mark 1:27).

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you (Acts 1:8).

Jesus use of His power and authority

Jesus uses the power and authority the Father gave Him when the Father told Him what to do, such as turning water into wine, healing, casting out evil spirits, and quieting a storm. Jesus never ask the Father to do it nor did Jesus ever pray that the Father would heal or cast out evil spirits. He always did it by the power and authority given Him.

Example of power

And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years… She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. … And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?”… But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me” (Luke 8:43-46). Jesus had power within Himself and when the woman touched Him by faith, the power entered her and she was healed. The same power that was in Jesus is in us.  We need to believe and walk in it.  

How then did Jesus heal the sick?

Jesus actually healed via many different approaches.  He often touched, some time He gave instructions or directions, other times a direct command, and once He said nothing, taking the person by the hand.

So how did Jesus heal? He never prayed that the Father would heal a person, but being in communication with the Father through the Holy Spirit, He obeyed, and with His power and authority He completed the instructions. Recall that while on earth, Jesus operated as a man, as we should operate.

A few examples of what Jesus said.

Jesus gave His twelve apostles power and authority

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. … So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere (Luke 9:1,2,6). Jesus didn’t tell the apostles to pray or to ask the Father to heal the sick, but to “heal the sick”.  How did they heal the sick?  With the power and authority Jesus gave them.

Jesus gave His 70 disciples power and authority

As you read these verses, recall that we are also Jesus’ disciples and where given the same power and authority as the 70.

After this the Lord appointed seventy others [disciples] and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. …Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you’ (Luke 10:1,9)

The last night of His earthly ministry, Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you" (John 20:21). He is saying to us, I am sending you out the same way the Father sent me out.

Jesus did not commanded His disciples to pray for the sick as is done among most believers today, but to use the power and authority that He gave them to heal and to preach the kingdom of God.

Peter commanded, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk (Acts 3:6) and Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up” (Acts 9:40).  Healing occurred as He obeying the Holy Spirit and commanded with the power and authority given Him.

At the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He said, 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 (John 14:12).

Verse 12 is self explanatory. Jesus simply said that believers could do the same works he did. Through faith in the power and authority of Jesus. Following Jesus and the early churches example means that we should command healing rather than pray for healing. As we command the devil to go, we are to command sickness to go.

Unfortunately, most churches deny God’s Word that states that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), rather claiming that the Jesus who never changes no longer heals.

But doesn’t James 5:14 say pray for

James 5:14 says, Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. James does not say “pray for” but rather says “pray over”.

The original Greek for “over” is translated from “epi” and means upon, on, at, by, over, before, and against.

It can be assumed that James learned about healing from his older brother, Jesus, and as Jesus only healed by commanding with power and authority, we are assured that praying over would indicate the same, commanding by faith of God.

Today, most Christians and Churches misinterpret James’ instructions, pray for the sick in the traditional way and seldom witness any healing. However, when we pray as Jesus, our model, we will see many more miraculous healings.

Asking the Holy Spirit

Like Jesus, we are to communicate with the Holy Spirit. “Holy Spirit, what should I say, what should I do to heal this person.” Now some may say I can't hear the Holy Spirit. If you can’t you need to practice listening, but in the mean time, we can still ask for directions. “Holy Spirit, please lead me in what I should say and do to heal this person.”

Salvation and Healing both paid for on the cross

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Most will readily accept that this verse refers to Jesus paying for our sins (healing of our soul) on the cross but are hesitant to accept the second half, that He also paid for the healing of our body. Jesus paid for the healing of both our soul and our body. With both salvation and healing, we only receive when we accept.

Even when we command healing like Jesus, and the person is healed, we must never forget that we are only a conduit for God’s power. All the glory goes to God. … for I am the Lord that heals thee (Exodus 15:26).


Only through faith can we operate in the power of God. Matthew 9:21-22 tells of a woman’s faith who had been sick for 12 years. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”… Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Partial faith

The Lord instructed an elder to tell the pastor to pray for a young man with a damaged knee. The pastors and church prayed and the fellow got immediate improvement but not complete healing. Several days later, I asked the Lord why he only got partial healing and the answer was because of doubt. In this case doubt limited healing to only partial healing while greater doubt can limit healing completely.

For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, says the Lord (Jeremiah 30:17). While this verse appears to be quite clear, we should review the meaning of “will”. Will can mean immediately, soon, or later. It can be at once or over a period of time.  The timing of “will” can also be related to the level of our faith. Will means that God wants to heal us if we will cooperate with Him.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils… they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover (Mark 16:17-18). If we believe - having faith in God and His Word.

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well(James 5:15). Before praying, ask the Holy Spirit how we are to pray. When we do not feel we have sufficient faith, we can always pray for more faith, or more correctly, we can pray for help in casting doubt away.

He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases (Matthew 8:17). Jesus paid the price to take up our infirmities and to bore our diseases. If Jesus already paid the price, then by faith we need to receive it.  We can say, “Lord, you took up my infirmities and bore my diseases, and in the name of Jesus Christ, I accept what you did for me and claim God’s healing power is manifesting in me.  Thank you Lord.”

I have given you authority … to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you (Luke 10:19). The devil is often the cause of sickness and we have the power and authority to bind him and cast him away. Sometime just casting an evil spirit away will heal a person. Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke (Luke 11:14).

In the same way that we have authority to command the devil, we have authority to command healing through Jesus. The foundation is always faith - faith to believe in God’s Word, to believe God, to believe God will heal, and faith to not permit doubt. It becomes much easier when you Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2).

Slowness in healing may not be God’s timing but our limited faith. Jesus’ disciples failed to heal a demon possessed boy that Jesus healed. Later they asked Him why they could not heal the boy.  Jesus responded, “Because you have so little faith” (Matthew 17:20).


Examples of doubt

Peter was in the boat on the Sea of Galilee when he saw Jesus walking on the water. Peter was fascinated and wanted to do what he saw Jesus doing.

Peter said, Lord, “tell me to come to you on the water” (Matthew 14:28). Jesus called him to come. Peter had faith and started to walk on the water. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (14:30). Peter had all the faith he needed until he got his eyes off of Jesus and immediately fear entered his heart and overcame his faith.

We can see that power and authority are of little value if we to not have faith to use them.

Releasing the power and authority

What inhibits God’s power and authority from being released in our life?  We cannot minister in God’s power and authority if we are not living under God’s authority. Jesus always lived under God’s authority.

But I do nothing without consulting the Father. I do just as I am told (John 5:30).

Jesus did only what he saw and heard from the Father. How can we expect to do any less. We must constantly check that we are living under God's authority.

Persistence in ministry

They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him... When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” (Mark 8:22-23).

He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly (Mark 8:25-26).

The first time the blind man’s vision was not completely healed.  Jesus simply ministered to him a second time. If needed, Jesus would have continued ministering. The point being, healing can be a process that we do not let doubt in but continue ministering, move closer to complete healing, speaking the word again with authority.

Three types of prayer for healing and casting out the devil

For healing, there are three primary ways to pray.  They are, by the gift of healing, the prayer of faith, and by commanding with power and authority.  


Jesus gave us power to cast out the devil. I give you authority to tread…over ALL the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). In my name, they will cast out demons (Mark 16:17). People more readily accept that we can cast out the devil but they have a harder time believing that we can cast out sickness even when given to us in the same verse.


In my name shall they cast out devils… they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover (Mark 16:17-18).

whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these (John 14:12). To do greater works, doesn’t it make sense that we would need to follow Jesus’ example of how to heal?


A summary of commanding healing.

Lay hands on the sick person over the location of the illness if possible. With eyes open, issue authoritative commands with confident faith, free of doubt.  Regarding wording of your command, follow the example of Scripture.

How did Jesus, His disciples, and the early Church heal? By commanding with the authority and power the Holy Spirit gave them and has given us.  It is up to you to use what God has already given you.

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever [that includes you] shall say unto this mountain [problem], Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea [a commandment]; and shall not doubt in his heart [very important], but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass [will receive in God’s perfect timing]; he shall have whatsoever he says (Mark 11:23).

Clearly, as we follow Jesus, our role model who commanded, and obey the Holy Spirit’s instructions, we will be a conduit of God’s healing power.

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