How Healing Prayer Works

With the Charismatic Conference and a healing mass being held at OLSS 10/24-26, I thought it would be a good idea to explain how healing prayer and masses work.

If you listen to Father Michael’s homilies there is one message that stands out. Over and over He talks about God’s infinite love for you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, God loves you and longs to forgive and bless you.

It is in the context of God’s love that healing prayer makes sense. God loves us just as we are with all our faults and weaknesses. He loves us but He sees our woundedness and passionately desires to make us whole. If we only understood this and opened ourselves to this love our lives will never be the same. In the Gospel of John (10:10) Jesus said that He came so that we might have life and have it abundantly. Jesus came so that we might have an abundant life. He came so that we might be made whole, not just physically but also spiritually, emotionally and in our relationships.

That is what healing prayer is about being made whole by Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Peter 2:24 Peter tells us ” by His stripes we are healed”. Jesus suffered not only for our salvation but also so that we may be made whole, that we may be healed in our relationship with God and in our relationships with each other. He suffered that we may become free, free of anger, free of fear, free of anxiety, free of obsessions, free of everything that destroys our peace. He came and suffered to set us free from our sins of pride, self-reliance, doubt and worry. He suffered because He loved us so much.

If we were to see ourselves as God sees us, if we were to see all of the wounds we carry emotionally, all of the wounds we have received from others or inflicted on ourselves by sin we would probably look like Jesus in the movie, the Passion. There is a scene after the Scourging and Crowning With Thorns where Pilate presented Jesus to the people. He was coverd from head to toe with wounds. That is how we look to God.

The God who loved us enough to send His Son to take our punishment, to suffer and die for us, looks at us and sees all of the emotional, spiritual wounds caused by sin. He sees and feels our pain and longs to pour His love upon us and heal us. That is why He suffered so much for us. He loves us so much. He wants to bless us so badly. But He gave us free will. He won’t violate our free will. We have to accept the graces and gifts He yearns to give us.

So often people come to God and say no, I don’t want your healing. I don’t want my life changed. I don’t want to experience Your love. All I want is for you to heal me physically. I don’t need anything else. Then they wonder why they were healed. God doesn’t work that way. He is God and we are not. He knows what is best and we have to come forward willing to accept the gift He has for us each time, the gift or healing we are most in need of. We should come singing the chorus of the song “Trading Our Sorrows”, Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes, Yes, Yes…

God knows how much we can handle at one time. He will not give you more than you can handle at one time. That is why some people get prayed over repeatedly. Each time they come God blesses them in a special until they are healed. There used to be a priest in upstate New York, Father Swizdor, who conducted healing missions. He would come teach and pray with people for 5 nights. He did this because the first few nights; people experienced spiritual and emotional healing. They experience the touch of God in a new way. On the 4th and 5th night many people experienced physical healing.

How many of us would come back if we received the physical healings we sought the 1st night?

We have to understand that God loves us and wants us to come to Him. We don’t have to be physically ill to come to God for healing. All of us are wounded or broken in some way. All of us need more of Jesus. He always has more to give us, more grace, more love, a greater blessing in our lives. He longs for each one of us to come to Him open to the graces He wants to pour upon us. He longs to touch each of us in a special way. Come! He is waiting to pour His love upon you!

We Have the Same Spirit!

It is so easy to look at the world and get discouraged. Our churches are empty. The world as portrayed by the modern media is full of sin. There are stories about Gay Marriage, cohabitation, abortion, violence, crime. We live in an age when anything goes and Christianity is mocked and criticized. We seem to be losing the culture wars. At least that is what Satan wants us to believe.

In reality the world is probably no worse than it was in the First Century when the Church began. Rome was a savage society where people watch gladiators for entertainment. Slavery was common. Murder and theft were always a danger. Morally, Roman society was a cesspool. Extramarital, homosexual and bisexual relationships were common. So were drunken orgies and incest was not unheard of. Instead of abortion, they simply left unwanted often female babies outside to die.

Yet this world was changed by just a few. In the Upper Room there were 120 people at Pentecost. They began the movement that changed the known world. They began the Church. Responsive to the Holy Spirit they went forth and showed people the love and power of God. They allowed the Spirit to use them to touch and heal people, to teach them about God’s love. Miracles happened on a regular basis. The world was not waiting for Christianity but through the power of the Holy Spirit it was converted.

Why are we so discouraged? We have the same spirit and there are millions of us. We do not possess a diluted version of the Holy Spirit but the same spirit that guided the Apostles. If we want to evangelize we simply need to follow the Spirit and be bold. Our churches will not be empty if we took the risk of looking foolish and prayed with people for healing, prayed that they experienced God’s love in a new way.

We can take back this world and defeat Satan if we just respond to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, tell people about God’s love and manifest it in a concrete world by praying with them. God has given us everything we need to evangelize, to convert the world. He has given us the Holy Spirit! That is all we ever needed so open your hearts and let the Spirit guide you. Pray for our priests that they too be open to the Holy Spirit.

This was published in the September issue of Wellsprings,the quarterly of the S.C Charismatic Conference

Lord, set me on fire with your Spirit. Fill me with your love for those who are hurting. Give me the courage to be bold and reach out to them. Use me to bring healing to this sick world. Amen