I spent my recent Sabbatical leave exploring and reflecting on different expressions of Christian healing ministry in this country today. I visited three residential centres, each with its own style and approach to healing, and two projects involved in offering healing prayer in the community, run by members of local churches. I have witnessed lives changed for good through healing prayer. I learnt many things and much that is important for our life together as the body of Christ here in Bromsgrove.
In his human lifetime Jesus healed, restored, brought wholeness to, bodies, minds and spirits. Every Christian fellowship, being the body of Jesus on earth now, should be a healing community - for those who are and also those who are not yet his followers.
There are common factors in all fruitful healing ministry –
Hospitality and welcome - space and relationships provided that put people at ease and help them to feel totally accepted and unjudged.
Availability and accessibility – the message communicated that each person is important, valued, worthy of time being spent with them.
Listening – to the person or community in need, to other prayer ministers and to the Holy Spirit.
All of the above have healing power in themselves
Holy Spirit – the essential waiting on, work of and total dependence on the Holy Spirit. Healing is God’s work. We are channels and every Christian can be a channel of the Holy Spirit for healing.
Team work – the importance of prayer together, openness to God and each other, agreement with each other, living in peace and love and being accountable to one another.
Knowing the truth about who we are - loved, healed, restored, forgiven by God and continuing to be in need of all this; and knowing the truth about where we are -‘seated with Christ in the heavenly places.’
In the months to come I am looking forward to seeing our healing ministry grow in and from our churches. It is our reason for being. Healing (salvation) is for communities, human systems and structures and all of the created world as well as for the individuals within them. It involves political and social action as well as prayer. But prayer, enabling the empowering of the Holy Spirit, comes first and all the way through. If you would like to know more or be involved in a deeper way with healing prayer ministry please do get in touch.