Prayers for Healing
There are at least five main ways of praying for healing: They are outlined here. Please keep in mind that there is no such thing as a "formula" for prayer, guaranteed to work every time. Prayer is above all else your own faith-based conversation with God. Therefore, what matters most is your honesty and openness to God, as well as your trust in Him--just as it would with any earthly doctor you might visit.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
All scripture citations are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
Five Biblical Ways of Praying for Healing
1. Petitioning Prayer
Asking God for healing is always right. It is very natural, heart-felt and direct. It hardly needs to be taught, though building up one's faith is a very helpful element for adding confidence to any request. Sometimes God brings swift and profound answers! However, since the healing may not come by means of petition only, it is wise to learn the other ways of praying for healing. There is an art, too, to learning how to release prayers of petition with expectant, believing faith.
2. Prevailing Prayer
Prevailing prayer is more than persevering with petitions for healing, though it certainly includes that. The idea here is of the widow Jesus recommended as an example of "importunity" in prayer. She couldn't get the judge to pay any attention to her requests, but she refused to give up. She prevailed upon him--not by seeking compassion (he had none) but by making a general nuisance of herself! A thing sometimes missed in reading scripture, but which often appears in regular life, is the phenomenon of the Lord's seeming reluctance to act. You have to press past the apparent indifference or resistance that seems to be in God. Don't take "No" for an answer: God's stated desire is to heal us in every facet of our being. However, in some sense He actually wants us to "call Him out"!
3. Rebuking Prayer
Many physical sicknesses and emotional disorders were healed in the New Testament by either Jesus or his followers rebuking the spirits that were causing the illness.It is a fact of scripture that we have been given awesome power to command the evil one and his kingdom, to curb their power and to overturn their works. This is not meant to make us arrogant or proud - not even against the evil spirits, but it is intended for our relief and protection from oppression by the enemy. Commands can be issued of either a defensive or offensive nature.
4. Commanding Prayer
Not only are we invited to command the invisible spirits, we are also invited to command the natural realm. Disease can be commanded to leave. Creative miracles can be commanded to come. Even the kingdom of God can be commanded to come. We all know that Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy Kingdom, come!"  Less well understood is that in the Aramaic the language is quite emphatic: "Kingdom come!" Of course we leave it up to the Lord to determine in what way and at what time His Kingdom should best arrive. In all of this we certainly are not presuming to issue commands to the Lord. Nevertheless, the powers He gives us include doing what He did. Jesus commanded healing and he commanded even storms to cease. He is in us still seeking by His Spirit to do more now than He did then, more even than "we could ask or imagine." 
5. Submitting Prayer
Our final place to stand is in the position of entire surrender to His sovereign will. When you have done all, stand. God is not asking us to accept disease as His desire for us or as His best for us. Never! He is the giver of every good gift and the sworn Enemy of all that is dark, fallen and evil. This is no faint-hearted, resignation-wearied fall back position, as if yielding to God's mercy was the last and worst alternative available to us. Sometimes it is the best way from the beginning, but only if you have the faith-confidence to believe that the Lord's desire is to liberate you. Then, the release of your spirit into His may be the very thing He needs to effect your release from the illness.
Father, forgive us whenever we have looked first to other means of healing, rather than coming to You. Forgive us for not fully believing in either Your desire or Your power to bring healing. Cleans all of that out of our hearts and minds and renew in us a right heart of faith in You and the goodness of Your will.
Jesus, as the disciples asked so many years ago, we too ask that You teach us to pray. Teach us all of the many ways to pray for the healing of our loved ones and the people You bring to us for ministry.
Holy Spirit, help us overcome our own unbelief. Strengthen us to pray with active faith in the great desire of our God to bring healing. Alert us to the times when we need to stand against the enemy. Enable us to cast every care fully upon our Lord with a confident expectancy that He will answer us.
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Petitioning Prayer Asking God for healing is always right. It is natural, heart-felt and direct. It hardly needs to be taught, though building up one's faith is a helpful element for adding confidence to any request. Sometimes God brings swift and profound answers! However, since the healing may not come by means of petition only, it is wise to learn the other ways of praying for healing. There is an art, too, to learning how to release prayers of petition with expectant, believing faith.
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