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by Scott Wylie

Healing, both physical and emotional, is a profound and essential aspect of the Christian faith. Throughout the Bible, we see numerous accounts of God's healing power and His desire to bring wholeness to His people. As a biblical discipline, healing involves seeking God's restoration for the body, mind, and spirit.

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Infographic on the Biblical characteristic of Healing

Key Passages on Healing

  1. Psalm 103:2-3 (ESV): "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases." This psalm emphasizes God's role as a healer of both physical and spiritual ailments.

  2. James 5:14-15 (ESV): "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." This passage underscores the power of prayer and faith in seeking healing within the Christian community.

  3. Isaiah 53:4-5 (ESV): "Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed." These verses in Isaiah prophetically point to Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of healing, both physically and spiritually.

Pursuing Healing

Tips for Pursuing Healing According to the Bible:


  1. Prayer: Seek God's healing through prayer. James 5:16 encourages believers to "pray for one another, that you may be healed." Prayer is a powerful tool for connecting with God's healing grace.

  2. Faith: Trust in God's ability to heal. Mark 11:24 reminds us, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Faith is an integral part of receiving healing.

  3. Community Support: Engage with your church community and seek prayer and support from fellow believers. James 5:14 emphasizes the role of the church elders in praying for the sick.

  4. Scripture Meditation: Meditate on healing verses from the Bible. Proverbs 4:22 states, "For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh." God's Word can bring healing to the body and soul.

  5. Repentance: Address any unconfessed sin. James 5:15 suggests that sin can be a hindrance to physical healing. Confess your sins and seek God's forgiveness.

  6. Healthy Living: Take care of your physical health. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get adequate rest.

  7. Emotional Healing: Seek emotional healing through counseling or support groups if needed. Proverbs 17:22 notes, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

  8. Forgiveness: Forgive those who have wronged you. Holding onto bitterness can hinder emotional healing. Matthew 6:14-15 emphasizes the importance of forgiving others.

  9. Anointing with Oil: Consider anointing with oil as a symbol of God's healing presence and a tangible expression of faith (James 5:14).

  10. Patience: Be patient and trust in God's timing. Psalm 27:14 encourages us to "wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!"

Healing is a biblical discipline that encompasses physical and emotional wholeness. By seeking God's healing through prayer, faith, community support, scriptural meditation, repentance, healthy living, emotional healing, forgiveness, anointing with oil, and patience, Christians can pursue healing according to the principles found in the Bible. Remember that God is the ultimate healer, and His desire is for His people to experience restoration and wholeness in every aspect of their lives.

Prayer and Reading Guide for Pursuing Healing

Here are ten things Christians could pray for to promote physical and spiritual healing, along with a corresponding Bible verse from the English Standard Version (ESV) for each one:

  1. Pray for Healing from Sickness:
    "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord." - James 5:14

  2. Pray for Emotional Healing: 
    "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." - Psalm 147:3

  3. Pray for God's Comfort: 
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort." - 2 Corinthians 1:3

  4. Pray for Forgiveness and Spiritual Healing: 
    "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9

  5. Pray for Strength in Times of Weakness: 
    "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'" - 2 Corinthians 12:9

  6. Pray for Inner Peace and Calmness: 
    "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:7

  7. Pray for Spiritual Renewal: 
    "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." - Psalm 51:10

  8. Pray for Freedom from Fear: 
    "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." - 2 Timothy 1:7

  9. Pray for Wisdom and Guidance: 
    "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." - James 1:5

  10. Pray for God's Presence: 
    "The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18

These prayers encompass both physical and spiritual healing, acknowledging that God is the ultimate source of restoration and wholeness in all areas of life. By seeking God's healing and comfort through prayer and aligning their hearts with these biblical verses, Christians can promote healing in their lives and in the lives of others.

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