What should a sick person do to receive healing? 


By BibleAsk Team

Receiving healing is a multifaceted process that involves both spiritual and physical components. The Bible offers guidance on what a sick person should do to seek healing, combining faith, prayer, medical intervention, and healthy living. This exploration will cover various biblical principles and practical steps for seeking healing, supported by references from the Scriptures.

Spiritual Guidelines for Receiving Healing

1. Prayer

Prayer is fundamental in seeking healing. James 5:14-15 (NKJV) states:

“Is anyone among you sick? 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. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

This passage highlights the importance of communal prayer, the involvement of church leaders, and the anointing with oil as a symbol of the Holy Spirit’s presence. The miracle of health restoration and the forgiveness of sin are to be done in the name of Jesus Christ who is the great Physician (Mark 16:17-18; Acts 3:16).

The full ceremony of the application of the oil and the offering of the prayer should be done in harmony with the will of the Lord. For this reason the sick person cannot expect God’s blessing without a sincere intention to abandon practices which may, in part, have caused his illness. The believer should realize the need to cooperate with God and live in accordance to the laws of health.

Prayers should be offered in accordance to God’s will, for no man knows what is best for another person (Romans 8:26-27). Our prayers should include the phrase “Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10; James 4:15). Restoration to health in answer to prayer may be immediate or may be a gradual process. In any case, we need to fully trust the wisdom of God.

2. Faith

Faith plays a crucial role in the healing process. Jesus often emphasized the necessity of faith for healing. In Matthew 9:22 (NKJV), Jesus said to a woman who had been suffering from bleeding for twelve years:

“But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, ‘Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And the woman was made well from that hour.”

Faith involves trusting in God’s power and willingness to heal, acknowledging that His ways and timing are perfect. Lack of faith is a hindrance to healing (Mark 6:5), as it is a hindrance to salvation (Ephesians 2:8). A person of faith needs to trust the wisdom and love of God and determine to do God’s will. God is full of compassion and the sick person needs to trust in His mercy.

Some of the most precious lessons in life are often learned in suffering and trials (Hebrews 2:10). Though God Himself does not cause suffering (James 1:13), He may permit it to continue for a season for a very good reason. We often grow through pain, but we can be comforted knowing that God is with us through our trials (Psalms 34:18).

3. Confession and Repentance

Sin can sometimes be a barrier to healing. Confession and repentance are essential steps in seeking God’s healing. Psalm 32:3-5 (NKJV) illustrates the relationship between sin and physical health:

“When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”

Acknowledging sin and seeking forgiveness can lead to spiritual and physical restoration.

4. Reading and Meditating on Scripture

The Bible is a source of comfort and encouragement. Meditating on God’s promises can strengthen one’s faith and bring peace. Proverbs 4:20-22 (NKJV) says:

“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.”

Regularly reading and meditating on Scripture can bring spiritual and emotional healing.

5. Worship and Praise

Worship and praise can be powerful in the healing process. In Acts 16:25-26 (NKJV), Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God while in prison, leading to a miraculous event:

“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

Worship can shift focus from the problem to God’s power and greatness, creating an atmosphere for miracles.

6. Seeking the Presence of God

Spending time in God’s presence through prayer, worship, and meditation can bring about healing. Psalm 16:11 (NKJV) declares:

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

God’s presence brings joy, peace, and healing to those who seek Him.

Physical Guidelines for Receiving Healing

1. Medical Intervention

The Bible acknowledges the role of physicians and medical treatment. Jesus Himself said in Mark 2:17 (NKJV):

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.”

Seeking medical help is not a lack of faith but a practical step towards healing. God can work through doctors, medications, and treatments.

2. Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is essential for maintaining and restoring health. The Bible provides guidelines for a balanced diet. Genesis 1:29 (NKJV) states:

“And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.'”

In addition, Proverbs 25:27 (NKJV) advises moderation:

“It is not good to eat much honey; so to seek one’s own glory is not glory.”

A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and moderation in consumption is key to physical health.

3. Exercise and Rest

Physical activity and rest are vital for health. 1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV) acknowledges the value of physical exercise:

“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

Moreover, rest is important as exemplified by God Himself resting on the Seventh day of His creation in Genesis 2:2-3 (NKJV):

“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

Regular exercise and sufficient rest are necessary for physical well-being.

4. Avoiding Harmful Habits

Avoiding harmful habits such as smoking, drinking, and drug use is crucial for maintaining health. Proverbs 20:1 (NKJV) warns:

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”

Similarly, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV) emphasizes treating our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit:

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Living a lifestyle that honors God includes taking care of one’s body and avoiding substances that harm it.

5. Adequate Hydration

Staying hydrated is essential for good health. While the Bible does not specifically address hydration, it often uses water as a metaphor for life and health. John 4:14 (NKJV) quotes Jesus saying:

“But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Just as spiritual hydration is vital, so is physical hydration for the body’s proper functioning.

6. Seeking Professional Help for Mental Health

Mental health is as important as physical health. The Bible acknowledges the importance of mental well-being. Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV) states:

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”

Seeking professional help from counselors, psychologists, or psychiatrists can be an important step in addressing mental health issues.

Integrating Spiritual and Physical Guidelines

1. Holistic Approach to Health

The Bible encourages a holistic approach to health, integrating spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. 3 John 1:2 (NKJV) expresses this holistic view:

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

Achieving true health involves addressing all aspects of a person’s life.

2. Community Support

Engaging with a supportive community is beneficial for healing. Galatians 6:2 (NKJV) encourages believers to:

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Support from a church community, family, and friends can provide encouragement, prayer, and practical help during illness.

3. Trusting in God’s Sovereignty

Ultimately, healing is in God’s hands. While taking practical steps towards healing is important, trusting in God’s sovereignty and timing is crucial. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV) reminds us:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.'”

Trusting in God’s plan, even when healing does not come as expected, is a vital part of the Christian faith.


Receiving healing involves both spiritual and physical efforts. The Bible provides comprehensive guidelines that emphasize the importance of prayer, faith, confession, and the support of a faith community. It also encourages practical steps such as seeking medical treatment, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and caring for one’s mental health. By integrating these spiritual and physical guidelines, believers can approach healing holistically, trusting in God’s sovereignty and His ultimate plan for their lives.

Whether healing comes through miraculous means or through the wisdom and care of medical professionals, Christians are called to seek God’s guidance and trust in His provision, knowing that He is the ultimate healer. Through faith, prayer, and practical actions, believers can navigate the journey towards healing with hope and assurance in God’s enduring love and faithfulness.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

Disclaimer: The information provided is to share God’s word and is to be used for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalized advice regarding your health conditions.

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