What Is Healing Prayer?

In this Seven Minute Seminary video, W. Bud Simon teaches on the nature of healing prayer—who needs it and how it works. He defines healing prayer as an invitation to experience the kingdom of God in our person, and explains three dimensions to healing prayer: 1) Healing prayer is doing what the Father is doing (John 5) 2) Healing prayer is for building up the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12) 3) Healing prayer is a demonstration of the love of God for us (Mark 1:41–42).

After explaining the heart of healing prayer, W. Bud Simon lists some of the impediments that stand between a person and healing. While not suggesting that healing is guaranteed if the right conditions are in place, he encourages us to be conscious of the ways we can quietly reject the healing of God in our lives. This requires accepting a holistic, biblical understanding of personhood, in which our emotional, physical, relational, mental, and spiritual aspects are interconnected.

Note: In Fall 2023, Seedbed will release a new title by Steve Seamands titled Follow the Healer: Biblical and Theological Foundations for Healing Ministry. Find it along with other resources for healing and formation at New Room Conference.

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