John Wimber once said:
The most fundamental skill required for healing is openness to the Holy Spirit; emptying oneself and receiving His leading and power. Frequently I encounter people who want a method for healing; a formula they can follow that guarantees them automatic healings. But divine healing is neither automatic nor dependant on our right actions; it is rooted in a relationship with God and the power of His Spirit.
Divine healing is a gift from God, an act of His mercy and grace. Our part is to listen to Him and carry out His Word. ‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant,’ Paul writes, ‘not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’. There are many ways in which we practice being open to God’s presence and grow in hearing His words- Scripture study, worship, prayer, and mediation being foremost.
When I speak of listening to God’s voice, I mean developing a practice of communion with the Father in which we constantly ask, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do? How do you want to use me? Is there someone you want to heal?’ Sometimes He gives me specific insights about people for whom I am praying. These come as impressions: specific words, pictures in my mind’s eye, or physical sensations in my body that correspond to problems in their bodies. These impressions help me know who and what to pray for as well as how to pray.
I do not imply that I have an infallible ‘hotline’ to God, that I always hear His voice and follow His leading. But my point is that I am open to God, listening to him, and confident that he wants to lead us to minister to others.
-Pastor Dino Griffin