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The idea for a “prayer for healing” service came from an after-lunch conversation with Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paige described how encouraged the members of his church to invite their sick friends to be prayed for by his deacons.

The model for healing prayer came from a worship leader at a Vineyard Church. He reminded me that Jesus often asked a strange question of those who came to him for healing: “what do you want me to do for you?”

He also encouraged me to believe that the Spirit of God can guide those who pray by planting a thought, question, image, or verse in the mind.

The timing of the prayer-for-healing service came from the awareness of many in our church who were suffering all kinds of afflictions.

The authorization and partnership for prayer came from our elders, who were willing to take the church outside our comfort zone in order to follow Scripture.

Yesterday morning, the elders and their wives prayed for about 70 people. At one point, people were four and five deep in the aisles, waiting to be prayed for.

Most asked to be anointed with oil (as James 5 provides)

The immediate result?

Tears.

Salvation.

Faith.

Confession.

Exhaustion.

Cleansing.

Hope.

Freedom.

Love.

Comfort.

Healing.

Obedience.

Gratitude.

Worship.

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