Preparing for a Session of Powerful Prayer
If you have never participated in a session of powerful prayer over someone, it’s an incredible experience. If you’re nervous about what to say or how to say it, trust God and just have faith. If you’re still a bit nervous, here are some things that I would personally recommend:
Examine yourself. If you know you are going to be praying over someone, first examine your own heart. Are you harboring things in your life that you need to ask forgiveness for? Spend some time praying over yourself first. Find a quiet spot and talk to God. Get in the Word and seek His guidance. Tell Him how you’re feeling. Ask forgiveness for your own sins and ask him to wipe your slate clean. Ask Him to make you a vessel for His almighty power.
Listen. Talking to God is easy, listening in response to those prayers is hard. Feel it in your spirit. You’ll know what God is leading you to do by paying attention to your gut. If God is wanting you to do something, He’ll bring it up over and over again. You’ll feel led to it. If you feel like you are being led to pray over someone, listen to that call.
Take it seriously. If you are going to God and asking Him for a miracle, firstly trust in His divine plan. Secondly, understand that He may not answer your exact prayer. He may use the circumstances in another way. You have to be ready to accept that fact. If God doesn’t answer your prayer exactly how YOU want it, it’s because it’s going the way that HE wants it.
Make it important to you. Are you praying for someone just to pray or do you REALLY want healing? Invest in thought and meditation over it. Make it important to you. Make it a priority for you. Be in constant prayer and meditation.
Fast. Fasting is a great way to humble yourself and continuously remind yourself of something. Fasting is Biblical. Jesus himself fasted for 40 days. Do it safely. If you are unfamiliar with fasting, there are all kinds of websites and materials you can read to help you understand how to fast and why you should fast.
Claim it. Sincerely believe in miracles. God works miracles every single day. We, as believers have the power to intercede on behalf of other people. God hears the cries of His people. Believe in your heart that a miracle will happen. Speak it out loud. Speak affirmations about what you are praying about. Claim it in the name of Jesus.
In the name of Jesus. John 14:13 says: Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Jesus’ disciples drove out demons with the name of Jesus. You can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit by just speaking His name.
Rebuke the Devil. Understand that Satan is also a powerful force. He uses his own demons to carry out his will. Rebuke the Devil and he will flee from you! James 4:7 says: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Have courage. When you pray over someone, pray with confidence. God is an almighty God and you are doing His work and being obedient by praying for others. It’s an incredible opportunity to touch someone’s life. Do so with confidence. Have courage, and God will give you the exact words to say to someone in need.
Laying hands. Laying on of hands is certainly not essential, however, here are some reasons why laying of hands is used. 1) It offers comfort for the person you are praying for. Sometimes it can feel odd just standing or sitting there, placing your hands on someone can make them feel a little more comfortable 2) it displays faith that God can use you to intercede for another. God can work through you, and the physical action of laying on of hands demonstrates that. 3) Laying hands on a specific part of the body can help you visualize exactly what and where you are praying for. If you are praying for a cancer patient, pray over his/her tumors.
Be specific. If you are asking God for a miracle, don’t just ask for healing. If someone is suffering, pray for the particular ailment. Visualize what would need to take place for healing to take place. Ask God to remove cancer cells from every part of the body. Pray for tumors to be removed and for them to never return again. Pray for specific healing.
Thank God. Thank God for what He will do through the situation. Thank him no matter what the outcome, because either way, it will play out exactly the way He wants it to. Thank Him for his power and His might. He has the power to do anything He wants. If the miracle you desire doesn’t come to fruition, it’s because He has something else in mind. It’s too big for us to understand. Thank Him for His might, anyways.
I hope this has helped you in some way. Prayer is powerful! If you don’t know what to do when you’re going to pray over someone else, just seek God and He will guide and direct you.