Derek Prince tells his story of being healed by taking God’s Word as medicine three times a day. He was in the British army in World War II in an Egyptian military hospital, lying sick with a chronic skin infection for 12 months. Derek was newly baptized in the Holy Spirit and he felt he was short on faith for healing, so God opened this Scripture to him: “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). So faith can come. Derek asked God: “How can I ‘hear’ what the Bible has to say to me so that faith can come?”
- “God Sends His Word to Heal - A Healing Prayer Encounter - With Music"
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Derek reflected that since doctors often instruct their patients to take their medicine three times a day, he would speak God’s healing Scriptures over himself after each meal, three times a day, as God’s medicine. Since he was in a military hospital with plenty of time, Derek did this daily, for three months, and he was completely cured! A person who listened to Derek’s testimony took God’s medicine for three days as well, and was also healed of a skin condition!
“He sent His word and healed them” (Ps. 107:20). “God has appointed in the church, miracles, then gifts of healings” (1 Cor. 12:28). “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer" (Ex. 15:26).
The Prescription – Take God’s Word as Medicine
I can use the diagnosis of a doctor (as a guide) to help me gain an understanding of where my prayer is to be focused. God will assist in granting me a fuller diagnosis, since sickness is often intertwined with sins that invite demons (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 4:24). I embrace God’s prognosis, which is to repent, be cleansed, and put on Christ’s righteousness and the healing that Christ has purchased for me.
Take God’s medicine three times a day (if time is a constraint, then once or twice a day, but if your need is critical, then three times a day). When you see, think, feel and speak ONLY what God says and feels about you, His healing and miracle-working power is released within you. The "God Sends His Word to Heal Prayer Encounter" below is easy to speak. Repeat it until you have your victory.
Employ heart prayers by using the language of the heart: To impact my heart, I must use the language of my heart. The language of my mind will not register as meaningful to my heart. The language of my heart incorporates the following seven elements: 1) It begins with the voice of the Holy Spirit, which is embraced as I choose to 2) speak it as 3) my personal and 4) present-tense reality. In addition, the heart's language is 5) visual, 6) emotional 7) and utilizes biblical meditation to frame in my spirit the things God desires to birth in my life.
Psalms exemplifies heart prayers. David prays using 1) affirmative statements that are 2) personal and 3) present tense:
- You, O LORD, are a shield about me (Psalms 3:3).
- The LORD sustains me (Psalms 3:5).
- You have smitten all my enemies (Psalms 3:7).
My declaration: I choose to speak God’s truth as my personal, present-tense reality, thus experiencing God’s medicine.
How to Take the Prescription - A Sample Prayer
Hebrew meanings inserted into Proverbs 4:20-23:
- My son (everything flows from relationship)
- Give attention to my words (focus with undivided attention)
- Incline your ear to My sayings (humbly listen, a willingness to be taught and to change)
- Do not let them depart from your sight (see God’s promises already fulfilled, Genesis 15:5-6)
- Keep them (hedge in with thorns) in the midst of your heart
- For they are life to those who find them and health (medicine) to all their body (entire being)
- Watch over (blockade) your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs (boundaries) of life.
Healing and miracles occur through a living encounter with the Living God (Luke 8:44-48). Merely speaking Bible promises as some sort of magic formula will not do the trick. What I say must flow from revelation in my heart, which comes as “He opens Scriptures to me” (Luke 24:32). So I tune to my heart to hear and see Him, and experience His healing power. I follow these steps as I take God’s Word as medicine.
I come before You, thanking You for these specific blessings (Psalms 100:4-5). Thank You, Lord, for _________. I am so grateful because ________________. I thank You – thank You – thank You – thank You, Lord. I sense Your presence and glory as I praise You (1 Peter 1:8). You are wonderful! You are so good! You are perfect and worthy of all praise. There is no one like You. (Get involved emotionally. God lets us find Him when we are whole-hearted - 2 Chronicles 15:15.)
I establish connection with You by tuning into the Holy Spirit. You are the river flowing within me (John 7:37-39).
I interact with You by honoring and responding to Your voice (flowing thoughts), Your visions (flowing pictures), Your emotions (flowing emotions), and Your power (the energizing flow that wells up within me).
I see – I prayerfully visualize (Ephesians 1:17-18) the Scriptures below, and as Spirit flow takes over, step into a vision, seeing Jesus present, speaking to me in these encounters.
I experience Your compassion Forgiveness toward: self, others and God is crucial to receiving Your healing touch (Mark 11:25). I obey all instructions received through Scriptures and from Your Spirit.
I honor You by closing each prayer time with worship. Worship means “to bow down,” so I bow down (or kneel) and put (name infirmity or condition) into my hands and then lay it down before You, giving it to You. I am now free of this infirmity or condition. I bow down (or kneel) before You, my Lord, my Maker (Psalms 95:6).
Prophetic actions and a memorial – What prophetic action would You have me perform with conviction and intensity to release this healing (2 Kings 13:18-19)? What memorial would You have me carry throughout the day as a reminder of this healing, so that my faith is stirred up (Joshua 24:27)?
This prayer is woven from Scripture. It is to be spoken from the heart, so speak slowly, pause, see (picture) and feel what you are speaking. Be childlike, fun-loving and relaxed as you encounter Him. See Jesus seated on His throne in the heavenlies, next to His Father, having purchased your victory over sin and disease.
Hear this prayer powerfully spoken with a musical background by Craig Perkins