Pastor Steve Williams : How to Pray for Healing & Restoration

40 Days of Prayer · 38:44 · Recorded October 11, 2020

How to Pray for Healing & Restoration

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Setting the right conditions on my part:

1. Admitting I’m not in control.

When I humble myself:

God directs me lovingly.

Psalm 25:9 (TEV) God leads the humble in the right way and teaches them his will.

God pours out blessings.

Isaiah 66:2 (NLT) “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts.”

God enables me to change.

James 4:6 (NIV) God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

God relieves my stresses & strain.

Matthew 11:28-29 (NLT) “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

2. Inviting God to have his way!

John 16:23-24 (NCV) “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you any-thing you ask for in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you’ll receive, so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy.”

James 5:13-15 (NIV) Is anyone of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.

Matthew 18:19 (NLT) “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.”

What to remember:

Jesus wants me to ask – in his name.

Get other people praying with you.

Pray believing & expecting his answer.

Keep praying till God says to quit!

3. Wanting him more than a miracle.

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) He rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Deuteronomy 4:29 (CSB) “You will search for the Lord your God, and you will find him when you seek him with all your heart and all your soul.”

4. Turning myself from the world to his Word.

Jeremiah 2:13, 32 (NCV) “My people have done two evils: They have turned away from me, the spring of living water. And they have dug their own wells, which are broken wells that cannot hold water…A young woman does not forget her jewelry, and a bride does not forget the decorations for her dress. But my people have forgotten me for more days than can be counted.”

Isaiah 17:10 (NCV) “You have forgotten the God who saves you; you have not remembered that God is your place of safety.”

Expecting God to do his part:

“I will open my ears to hear!”

“I will show my heart of mercy!”

“I will extend my hand of healing!”

‘Talk It Over’ Questions

If you’re in a small group using the 40 Days to a Powerful Prayer Life guide, please refer to the questions found on pages 123-124.

  • Read 2 Chronicles 7:14. Look over the main points of Pastor Steve’s message built on this verse of scripture – which of the phrases in the verse/points of the message do you feel the need for most?

  • Read Ephesians 6:18 from more than one translation if possible. Examining this verse carefully, what words stand out to you? Go through the verse point by point. What do these directions mean to you? How can we accomplish these in our prayers?

  • When we ask God for help we need to remember: 1) Jesus wants us to ask – in his name; 2) get other people to pray with you; 3) believe and expect an answer; and 4) keep on praying until God tells you to stop. Why do you think these things matter so much to God?

  • Read Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:33. What does Jesus say to do above all else? What will be the ultimate result?

  • Look over 2 Chronicles 7:14 again and notice the word “wicked”. When we think of the word “wicked” we tend to think of really horrendous acts. Yet the Bible defines wicked as simply forsaking for something else. With that in mind, how can we turn from our “wicked” ways? Consider again the word repent as Pastor Steve explained its’ meaning. How easy do you find it to forget God and think you’re doing okay? How can you remember God throughout your day?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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