I find that healing touch is multi-faceted. In this day and age with all our modern ways of communicating with each other, how could healing touch work? In order to pray for someone, you would normally lay hands on them and pray for healing of mind, body, or spirit. This method was very effective as Jesus demonstrated for us in:
Luke 4:40 - When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.
There is the long distance method modeled in Matthew 8:8-13.
Matthew 8:13 - Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed that very hour.
The scriptures are filled with examples of how Jesus healed and set people free. Now I’m not claiming I’ve had great experiences of seeing healing to this extent, but I’ve seen some measure of healings.
I wanted to share a couple of little stories about healing touch. The first one is about my husband. For whatever reason, whenever he gets stuck on writing his sermon, he asked me to lay my hands on top of his head. I do and pray and God speaks to him. His message then flows. Today he was working on his sermon. He had e-mailed me at work about having pizza for dinner and mentioned in passing he was having trouble with his sermon. I wrote back and asked if he wanted me to do a virtual laying of hands on his head. I think he was half kidding when he said yeah. A couple of minutes later, I had opportunity to pray. I closed my eyes and could see myself touching his head, praying for breakthrough. I prayed for only a few minutes and could feel the power of God. I e-mailed hum back and asked – “Did you feel that?” Apparently between the two e-mails he just started writing. Something happened when I prayed. I guess that would demonstrate the long distance method (or the computer method).
One of our worship leaders, Lynda, occasionally would experience difficulty with her throat. So after the very first time I prayed for her by laying my hands on her throat, God healed her. Now each time this happens, she seeks me out and grabs my hand and places it on her throat. Now from a distance, I’m sure this doesn’t look right, but God honors it and she’s healed and is able to lead worship.
One day, I would love to see the blind being able to see and the dead raised, but for now I am grateful that God would use me in small ways to bring His healing touch.
© Nadine Z. 2006