We need to realize that there is no set way by which people may receive healing. In other words, a number of methods for receiving healing are recorded in the Word of God.
One way you can receive healing is by what I call simple faith—when you hear the Word of God yourself, believe that what it says is true, and receive your healing by faith in God’s Word.
A second way is to be ministered to with the laying on of hands—the healing anointing flows through another person to you.
A third way to receive healing is in conjunction with what older Pentecostals often called, “praying the power down”—receiving your healing when the supernatural power of God is manifested upon you.
All of these methods are scriptural, all of them require faith, and, thank God, all of them work! In the next two chapters, we are going to discuss these three methods, with our main focus on the two ingredients which are required for each of them to work—faith and power.
The Healing Power of God
Concerning the power, Acts 10:38 indicates that the terms “the anointing,” “the Holy Ghost,” and “power” are virtually synonymous. This means that we are able to use these terms interchangeably when discussing the subject of the healing anointing and the power of God.
A good analogy for understanding the anointing or the power of God was made by the late Rev. John G. Lake when he said, “Electricity is God’s power in the natural realm; Holy Ghost power is God’s power in the spirit realm.”
You see, just as electricity is in existence in the natural world, the power of God is in existence in the spirit world. And just as there are laws that govern the operation of electricity in the natural realm, there are also laws that govern the operation of spiritual power. The problem has been that in times past, we have thought that if the anointing was present, it would automatically manifest itself and just work automatically. That’s just not so.
For example, electricity has been in existence in the earth since God created the universe. But did that electricity just automatically light up a house, cook a meal, or warm or cool a house? No, because for many years, man didn’t even know electricity existed.
Even after electricity was discovered and man knew it existed, it didn’t automatically begin to operate. Man had to come in contact with it somehow to make it work.
Well, if we could just get into our minds the fact that the healing power of God is in existence in the spirit world and that it also has laws that govern its operation, then men and women could learn to tap into that power and be blessed by its benefits.
I’ve heard people ask, “If the power of God to heal exists, why doesn’t it just move on our behalf?”
That’s where we’ve missed it. We’ve thought, Well, if it’s so, it’ll just manifest itself.
But, no, there’s something that has to be done on man’s end before there will be a manifestation of the healing power.
In the natural, there came a time when man knew about electricity; it had even been manifested in a measure. But man had to learn more about electricity and the laws that governed it before he could fully enjoy it—before he could gain the greatest benefit from it.
It’s the same way with God’s power—the anointing. That simply means that as we learn more about the anointing and what the Word of God says about it, we will be able to flow with the anointing, tap into the power, and gain greater benefits from it.
The Switch of Faith
Now that we understand something about the power of God as “heavenly electricity,” as it were, let’s extend the analogy a step further concerning faith. Another thing about the laws that govern this heavenly substance is this fact: The thing that turns the heavenly power on in the spiritual realm can be compared to an electrical switch on a wall that turns on the earthly power— electricity—in the natural realm.
In the natural, when you turn a light switch on, electricity flows right into the lighting fixtures and lights up the room. When you turn the switch off, the lights go out. So in the spiritual realm, the thing that turns on the heavenly power could
be called the switch of faith!
Remember Jesus said to the woman with the issue of blood, “. . . Daughter, THY FAITH hath made thee whole . . .” (Mark 5:34). Jesus said that her faith had made her whole. In other words, she had turned on the switch of faith for healing and activated the power of God!
When I was a teenager, I was bedfast for sixteen months with an incurable blood disease. Beside my bed was an electrical outlet. Anyone could have plugged a light in there, and it would have lit up the room. The electricity was there, but there was no manifestation of it whatsoever because no one had plugged anything into the outlet.
Well, by the same token, the power of God to heal was present in my room every single day, because God is everywhere present, and whatever power He has is with Him!
But there was no manifestation of it. Why not? Because I didn’t plug in to it! I
didn’t know how!
But, you see, on the eighth day of August, 1934, I learned how. By faith, I
plugged into God’s power to heal! And I began to say, “Now I believe I’m well.” If a man believes he’s well, then he’ll act like he’s well. Even though I was
paralyzed, I had regained some use of the upper part of my body, so I pushed my
feet off the bed. They fell to the floor like a couple of chunks of wood. I could look down there and see that they were down there on the floor, but I couldn’t feel them. I was “dead” from my waist down. Then I managed to get hold of one of the bedposts and scoot my body off the bed. I wrapped my arms around that post, but my knees sagged to the floor.
Out loud, I said, “I want to announce in the Presence of Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the holy angels, and the devil and all of his cohorts that according to the Word of God, I am healed!”
Now when I said that, I “plugged in.” I felt that power strike me in the top of my head and ooze down all over me. It felt like someone was above me pouring a pitcher of warm honey on me. It went down my body and my arms. When it got to my waist and down my legs, it felt like ten thousand pins were sticking in my legs. It felt so bad, I could have cried if it hadn’t felt so good at the same time! When you have had no feeling at all, it feels good to feel anything!
After that happened, I was standing up straight! Hallelujah! I plugged in to that power. You can plug in to God’s power on your own faith!
Now you can teach people the Word, and they can believe God’s Word and
receive healing. I was healed as a young boy by simply believing and acting upon God’s Word.
However, not everyone is at the level in his faith where he can just believe God’s Word for himself and receive healing through faith in the Word alone. Therefore, we should endeavor to teach and preach all of it—every side of divine healing—and to minister to people on all levels of faith and by all methods of healing.
Faith in the Anointing
Let’s look again at the fifth chapter of Mark’s Gospel about the healing of the woman with the issue of blood. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this same incident, but Mark goes into a little more detail about it and gives us more input than the other two Gospels.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, IMMEDIATELY knowing in himself that virtue [power] had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
I want you to notice that Jesus immediately was aware that the anointing
flowed out from Him. Also, notice that the woman with the issue of blood cooperated with the anointing that flowed from Jesus into her, and she was healed.
The healing anointing flowed out of Jesus’ clothes and into the woman with the issue of blood. But Jesus said to her, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” It wasn’t the healing anointing alone that healed this woman. It was her faith in the healing anointing that healed her. Or we could say it like this: It was her faith and the healing anointing that healed her!
The healing power of God—the anointing—is a tangible substance. It is a heavenly materiality. Believe that, and it can begin to work for you.
Turn on the ‘Switch of Faith’!
We know that a person can receive divine healing any number of ways. We’ve talked about simply receiving healing by faith in the Word without any transfer of power, and we’ve talked about receiving through the healing anointing.
But notice something in the case of the woman with the issue of blood who was healed through the healing anointing. It wasn’t the healing anointing alone that healed her. Something else was working with the anointing to bring about the healing. What was that something else? It was faith.
Jesus said to the woman, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” Some might say, “I thought it was the power which flowed out of Him that made her whole.”
Well, really, it was a combination of the two. Both of them—faith and power
—are important in their place. Someone who is anointed might minister the power of God, and the anointing may flow through him or her just as electricity flows through a conduit. Yet, although electricity is present all the time, unless someone turns a switch on, there’s not going to be any manifestation of it.
In the same way, you have to turn the switch of faith on to receive a manifestation of the healing power of God!
Many people have thought that if the power of God was present, it would just manifest itself, regardless of whether or not anyone believed in it or believed for it. Then if there was no manifestation, they’ve thought, Well, the power is not here. They’d start singing, “Oh, Lord, send the power just now.”
Because they couldn’t see the anointing or feel it in manifestation, they thought it wasn’t there. But the power of God is always present everywhere. God didn’t leave most of His power over in one state and then leave only a little bit of it wherever you are! No, wherever God is, all of His ability, all of His power, all of His capabilities are present.
Mixing Faith With the Power
So you can see that it’s not a matter of the power getting the job done by itself. No, a person must appropriate or activate the power for himself for it to work for him. Certainly, it’s true that it’s “. . . Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord . . .” (Zech. 4:6), but we still have to cooperate with God’s Spirit by believing in Him if we want to get the blessing. We’ve got to learn to
mix faith with the power.
Now I tell this story sometimes, and it will further illustrate what I am talking about. In one church I pastored years ago, there was a woman, Sister , who had rheumatoid arthritis and was in a wheelchair. Her body had become as stiff as a board. You could take her out of the wheelchair, but you had to hold her and stand her up. She still looked like she was sitting down because her body was frozen in that stationary position.
We had a little prayer group that met every Wednesday afternoon at the church and prayed, and while we were praying one day, I said to the group, “Let’s go down to Sister ’s house and pray for her.”
Everyone agreed, so I walked down to Sister’s house with my wife and the seven other ladies in the group. We knocked on the door, and Sister invited us in.
We talked a little bit, and I said, “Let’s pray.” I told the ladies to keep their eyes open because I expected
Sister to be healed, and I wanted everyone to see it.
Now, as I said earlier, a person can be specially anointed to minister healing— he or she can pray and seek God and minister with that anointing. But, then, you could also, as we sometimes say, “pray the power down.” And that’s what we did at Sister ’s house—we prayed until the anointing came into manifestation. Then I pointed to her and said, “Now, my sister, arise and walk in the Name of Jesus!”
The power of God came, and all those ladies, including my wife, are witnesses that Sister rose up out of the chair until she was hovering about two feet above it! And then that same Holy Ghost power brought her forward and she was just suspended in the air.
The Spirit Upon
Now if one is anointed with the Spirit, the anointing would flow through him, as we saw in Mark chapter 5. The anointing flowed through Jesus to the woman with the issue of blood. But in Sister ’s case, this anointing came down, as it were, as a result of our praying. It came upon us.
Sister looked around and saw that she was up above that wheelchair, and she began to whine and cry. She reached back and got hold of the arms of the chair and pulled it up under her. Then she fell back down in it.
Speaking by the Spirit of God, I said, “Sister, you don’t have an ounce of
faith, do you?” (Of course, I knew she had faith because she was a Spirit-filled Christian. What I was really saying was, “You don’t have an ounce of faith when it comes to being healed of rheumatoid arthritis.”)
She answered, “No, Brother Hagin, I’ll go to my grave from this chair.” And, I’m sad to say that she did.
But the power of God was there! It was that power which lifted her up. Now if she had responded to that—if she would have believed it and accepted it—it would have healed her. That’s the reason Jesus said in Mark chapter 5, “Daughter, thy faith hath made you whole.”
The power was there at Sister ’s house. It didn’t come out of me. The anointing was in the room. We were all anointed with the Spirit as we “prayed it down,” so to speak.
Prayer Avails Much
The easiest explanation for “praying the power down” comes by reading
James 5:16. But let’s start with verses 14 and 15.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man [does a little good. No!] AVAILETH MUCH.
The King James Version says, “availeth much,” but how much? I like The Amplified Bible, because it tells us how much. It says, “. . . The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
Now notice that the prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available. This tremendous power is in the spirit realm all the time, isn’t it? But the prayer of the righteous makes it available. Or, let’s say it another way. The prayer of the righteous brings it into manifestation.
James says to pray one for another! That means it was scriptural for us to go down and pray for Sister . Pray one for another. Why? That you may be healed. Then it must be the will of God to heal, or He wouldn’t tell us to pray for it.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. It makes
tremendous power available, dynamic in its action. I like that. Well, you see, we did just what the Scripture said. We went down to Sister ’s house, and we all prayed. And the power of God came into manifestation.
What was that power that lifted Sister up out of the chair? What was that power that pulled her away from it so that she was sitting in front of it, suspended in the air? It was dynamic Holy Ghost power!
Healing Power Is Always Present
Now, you see, that power is always present. Power is always present everywhere, because God is always present everywhere. But just because the power is present doesn’t mean it’s in manifestation. However, we know from reading James that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available! Well, we made it available in Sister ’s case, but that was as far as we could go. We made it available, but she didn’t take hold of it.
I couldn’t take hold of it for her—I would have if I could have. Jesus Himself, couldn’t have taken hold of it for her—He would have if He could have. That’s the reason He said to the woman with the issue of blood, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Even though the power is in manifestation, faith has to be exercised. For it’s by faith that we receive any and everything that comes from God.
God moved in a spectacular supernatural way on Sister ’s behalf. Why wasn’t she healed then? What did Jesus say to the woman with the issue of blood? “Daughter, thy faith. . . .” Whose faith? Jesus’ faith? Peter’s faith? The apostles’ faith? No! “THY faith.” It was the woman’s faith that gave action to God’s power!
Remember, God’s power is present everywhere! But the fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man makes that tremendous power available! That’s what we in Pentecostal circles called “praying the power down.” But another way to say it is “praying the power into manifestation.”
Well, thank God for the Word. And thank God for every avenue of healing: for simple faith in the Word of God; for the laying on of hands by believers and by those specially anointed to minister to the sick; and for supernatural manifestations of the healing power of God. We know that each of these methods of healing is scriptural and that they all work mightily on our behalf —when we mix faith with the power!