Don’t Keep Your Hands to Yourself—How to Heal the Sick

In 1989, I was working selling copiers. We had a big office with many people and the office manager had just given four ibuprofen to the secretary, who happened to be Jewish. I asked why she was about to take so many pain relievers and she told me how badly her head hurt. I asked, in front of a few others, if I could pray for her. I did and she turned to the office manager and returned the ibuprofen! She was healed.

No, it was not cancer, but it did cause this young lady to be open to hearing about Yeshua.

There is much written about our calling to healing evangelismin the New Testament. In Mark 16, Yeshua lists five supernatural things that we are to do as believers. One of them is to lay hands on the sick and, it says, they will be healed!

Your Hands!

Why are we to lay hands on people? Because God has used this to symbolize the transferring of spiritual power and authority. A leader who sins is to lay hands on a goat before it is sacrificed. (Lev. 4:24) The priest laid hands on the goat during Yom Kippur.

He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. (Lev. 16:21)

The Bible talks about having clean hands and that this is akin to having a pure heart. (Ps. 24:4) If God was for you, His handwas with you. If not, the Lord’s handwas against you.

Yeshua’s Hand

We see this more clearly through Yeshua’s ministry. We read that when they arrested Yeshua, they tied his hands (Matt. 27:2). Why? Maybe because they, too, understood, both from Jewish history and from Yeshua’s ministry, that the power of God was released from one to another through the hands.

  1. Through Yeshua’s hands, He healed the sick. (Peter’s mother-in-law, the leper in Matthew 8)

  2. He raised the dead by taking the hand of a young girl who had died and by touching a dead boy’s body.

  3. He took the fish and loavesin His hands and fed 5,000 people.

  4. He made mud with His hands and put it on the eyes of the blind man, healing him.

What faith it took to touch the man with leprosy! It was a contagious, horrible flesh-eating disease. I am reminded of the story of John G. Lake and bubonic plague. Lake was a missionary in Africa during a time when scores of people were dying from the plague. People were afraid to bury the bodies for fear of contracting the disease. When doctors asked Lake what he was using to protect himself, he replied:

“Brother, that is the ‘law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.’ I believe that just as long as I keep my soul in contact with the living God so that His Spirit is flowing into my soul and body, that no germ will ever attach itself to me, for the Spirit of God will kill it.”

He asked the doctor to put the foam that was coming out of the mouths of the corpses in his hand. When he did so, and then put Lake’s hand under a microscope, he could see that upon contact with Lake’s hand, the disease died.

That same power is in you! Take a look at your hands. The Spirit of God can be released to the sick through your hands.

A Drunk Man Made Sober

Once I was in Port Jefferson, New York, with a team sharing Yeshua. A young man who was quite drunk was not so interested. I told him, “If you let me pray for you, God will make you sober!” He thought it was a joke and allowed me.

Suddenly, he started going crazy, shouting, “What did you do? What do you do? I am sober!” He seemed quite scared by the encounter.

You can do MORE than Yeshua!

One of my favorite verses is John 14:12. Yeshua says,

“The things that I do, you will do and greater things than these will you do, because I am going to my father.”

Yeshua doesn’t say we can merely do what He did—but even greater things! Why? Because he has gone to the Father.

What does that mean, because He has gone to the Father?

  1. He has risen from the dead and conqueredsin and death!

  2. We are now born from above.

  3. He has sent the Holy Spirit to us.

  4. He lives to make intercession for us. (Heb. 7:25)

Think about that…when you go out to share the gospel or pray for the sick, the Bible says that Yeshua – that great intercessor – is praying for you. Check out