Do You Feel Called to a Healing Ministry?
So, you’re certain God has called you to start a healing ministry. Or, perhaps you’re not absolutely convinced God spoke to you, but you have this nagging sense that just won’t go away. You get emotional every time you encounter a sick person. Your heart races, and you feel like you want to pray for them, but you don’t.
You ignore your rapidly pounding heart, and get out there into the realm of reason. You’re not a healing evangelist. You’re not a pastor. You’ve never attended seminary. In fact, you’re not even in church leadership. You’re not qualified to minister to the sick. Those are the voices in your head. And if you listen to them long enough, you’ll start believing them.
But I have good news for you. You are called to minister to the sick! If you’re a born-again, spirit-filled follower of Christ, you have been called.
If You’re a Believer, You’re Called to Minister to the Sick!
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Mark 16:17-18 (NKJ)
The scripture above was spoken by Jesus Himself. He said signs and wonders will manifest through those who believe. If you’re a believer you should be actively engaging in the things he mentioned in this verse. One of those things is this: Believers will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Jesus didn’t say you have to have a degree in theology. He didn’t say believers need to carry a ministerial title of some kind. Nope. He said you must be a believer! Every believer has been admonished by Jesus to minister to the sick.
The First Step to Starting a Healing Ministry
Here’s the first step to starting a healing ministry: Just do it! No, I’m serious. The hardest part of starting a healing ministry is conquering the mental battle. Those lying voices in your head that I spoke of earlier. The ones telling you that you’re not qualified. Well, here’s a news flash: You become qualified only by doing it!
How often have you seen a secular employer advertising a job opening, and one of the qualifications is this: Experience required. A potential candidate may have umpteen years of college, and graduated valedictorian of their class, but all that accumulated head knowledge wasn’t what the employer was looking for. He wanted experience. How do you gain experience in any field? By doing it!
It doesn’t matter how many healing scriptures you have memorized, if you’re not using them to pray for the sick. Mental assent doesn’t heal people — actions do. Perhaps you’ve heard the old adage, “people don’t care how much you know, they only want to know how much you care!” Suffering humanity could care less how intelligent you are. They’re waiting for someone who can connect them to Jesus their Healer.
I believe in education, and I’m a believer in higher education. Get all that you can. But don’t put the ministry of healing on hold while you study. Don’t be found doing those ‘second things first!’ Sometimes even well-meaning, good things can cause us to be distracted from our number one priority in life… people!
Some of the greatest healing evangelists of yesteryear were uneducated or poorly educated people. A college degree isn’t a prerequisite to pray for the sick. I’d like to encourage those of you who have been feeling unworthy in this area. If you’re a believer with a good foundation in the Word of God regarding biblical healing, and have a heart of compassion, you are qualified!
God Uses Untrained Men and Women
One of my favorite accounts of healing in the bible is the story of Peter and John ministering healing to the lame man at the gate Beautiful. These two men had faith to believe that someone who was born with a disability could be healed by Jesus. It didn’t matter to Peter and John that the man was over forty years old, and had never walked a day in his life. They knew that with God all things are possible!
The account is found in Acts 3:1-10. As soon as Peter touched the man and lifted him up he received his miracle (verse 7). The bible says he was able to walk, run, and jump immediately; something he had never done before. But here’s the part I want you to see. Acts 4:13 says…
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NKJ)
As you can imagine, a notable miracle like this caused quite a stir in the local community. The religious leaders had Peter and John arrested. The following day they were being questioned by the authorities who wanted to know by what power or by what name this miracle had been done (Acts 4:7). Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, explained to them in a very bold manner how the miracle happened. The religious rulers, elders, and scribes were astonished. They knew Peter and John had no religious schooling, and called them uneducated and untrained men.
The words for uneducated in the Greek text (the original language of the New Testament) are unlearned and illiterate. The Greek words for untrained are ignorant and idiot. So then, according to the religiously trained leaders, Peter and John were illiterate ignorant idiots! How would you like to be called that? But those are exactly the kind of people God uses. The ones who don’t think they know it all. The ones who minister healing to the sick, laying hands on them, and in faith believing that God is going to show up!
Don’t let your lack of formal religious training keep you from praying for sick people. God is waiting for you to do your part so He can do His. Your part is to pray and believe, God’s part is to manifest the healing. That’s how you start a healing ministry! Just do it!
Have you ever “laid hands on” a sick person and prayed for their healing? Is this biblical principle a routine part of your spiritual walk? Please share your experience with our readers and “Leave a Reply” in the comment box below!
© Glenda Motsavage and Sozo Ministries International, 2017