We pray for physical healing, emotional healing and encouragement.
Our belief in healing prayer is based on Scripture. Jesus announced His ministry as recorded in Luke 4:18-19, saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for prisoners and recovery of sight from the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” We then see throughout Jesus’ ministry, numerous healings. They were a significant part of His ministry. Matthew recognized Jesus’ healings as being a fulfillment of the ancient prophecy in Isaiah 53:4,5 when he wrote, “when evening came, many who were demon possessed were brought to Him and He drove out the Spirits with the word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah, he took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” Matthew 8:16-17.
We understand there can be disagreements among equally committed Christians as to the biblical understanding of healing. It is not our intent to enter into a debate with our fellow believers. We simply believe that praying for healing is part of being a Christian. It is one of many ways of showing God’s love. When healing comes, one has witnessed the miracle of God’s love being expressed by removing pain and sickness from a person. The miracles of transformed lives and the miracle of Salvation are equally great miracles. These are all expressions of God’s amazing love.
Jesus sent out the 12 Apostles telling them to, “Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel, as you go, preach this message: The Kingdom of Heaven is near, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:6-8. Later Jesus sent out the 72 with the same commission when He instructed them, “Heal the sick who are there tell them the Kingdom of God is near you.” Luke 10:9. As Jesus approached the end of His earthly ministry, He tells His followers in John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to my Father.” At the ascension when giving the Great Commission, Jesus said, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20. We believe among those commands was to heal the sick. Thus, it is our belief that the command to heal the sick continues to be relevant, and the gift of healing is available to those who simply humbly ask God.
Richmond Prayer Center is an ecumenical Christian ministry with prayer team members from about seven area churches. Our beliefs are those historical beliefs which have served as the foundation for the Christian faith as contained in the Apostles’ Creed. Because we are a prayer ministry that focuses on praying for the hurting, we place particular emphasis on our prayer team members being conduits of both the love of God and the healing power of His Holy Spirit. Paul’s admonition in Galatians 5:6 that “the only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love” shapes our approach to praying for healing.
What we are NOT
We also affirm the work God does through doctors, nurses, counselors and other medical professions to bring healing to a person’s mind and physical body.
- We DO NOT offer professional medical treatment.
- We DO NOT offer professional counseling.
- We ARE NOT here to debate Christian doctrine.
We encourage everyone who receives prayer for healing to continue with their medical treatment and continue taking their medications until they are released by their medical professional. We also believe that God heals in answer to the prayers of His people who believe. It is for this reason that this ministry exists.