James 5.16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed [restored]. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
It is always the will of the Lord for none to be weak amongst us. After the children of Israel had prayed earnestly, the Lord took them out of Egypt. He fought against all of Egyptâ€™s opposing gods of lusts, pride etc. The moment all those gods were subdued, no Israelite remained feeble [weakly or frequently in torment and at the mercy of oppressors such as sicknesses, curses and stress.].
Psalm 105.37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
The Lord Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13.8). He desires freedom for each one of us in the same way He compassionately did and healed people of His days on earth. He reveals in 3John 2 of His unending will and pleasure in seeing us prosper (in finances, relationships etc.) and being in health (without prolonged feebleness, weaknesses, diseases or any adverse medical condition).
Now there are natural diseases (for example, cholera) and there are also spiritually-induced diseases. Spiritually-propagated diseases are curses that come directly from witchcraft and sorcery. Generally, curses have no cure; are chronic and medical practitioners tend to fail to either diagnose or cure them. Such can only be fought against in prayer, putting on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6).
Now anyone who has suffered long from a disease ends up knowing its cycles and seasons. They end up being able to predict when the next bout of attack will take place â€“ such is not necessarily bad. However, once you become aware of the pattern (for example, incessant coughing), instead of feeling intimidated, speak the name and blood of the Lord Jesus against it. Do not be deterred if that does not seem to stop the disease out-rightly; for such definitely takes away some of its venom. If you keep your mouth shut you will never get out of bondage.
The devil implants thoughts into our minds meant to frighten us that the next bout is about to attack and rip us open; such that we become hopeless and therefore faithless. However, stand up, change your physical posture (maybe walk) giving your full attention as you pray vehemently against such mischievous spirits; declaring the blood of the covenant and the Word in humility. Pull down that mountain. See yourself literally pulling down that stronghold.
When bouts manifest, do not keep quiet or postpone praying to some other time or to corporate prayers. The Lord taught â€“ if the landlord knew what time the thief was coming, he would not have slept but guided his house (Matthew 24.43). If he sleeps, by the time he wakes up the thief would have stolen and escaped with the loot.
Diseases and curses have signs and symptoms and therefore we know when they will be attacking. We have to resist ill-health in prayer when we realize it encroaching. Never procrastinate, for the devil will at the beginning of the bout be forcefully opening up your defence, allowing in other sinister tormentors to come fortify curses against you. Resident diseases weaken your faith for other evils to come in and wreak havoc. Indeed it is a serious wrestling wherein we wrestle different kinds of spirits (Ephesians 6.12-13).
Curses, like fire, need wood to continue burning. The fuel for curses is our sinful thoughts [imaginations], lusts, pride, doubts and fears. Doubt your doubts concerning Godâ€™s revelations, strength and willingness to deliver you. Devils and diseases are cowards that pry on our ignorance; they continually send fear or deception into our spirits to hold us captive.
Hebrews 2.14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he [the Lord Jesus Christ] also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
The Lord overpowered and [miserably] destroyed the devil (1John 3.8). The devil no longer has power to kill (waste permanently) our health, wealth, career or relationships. Be in the Spirit for your prayers to effectively resist the devil. The softâ€”soft, dignified prayers do not work here! You have to pray with fury; pulling down strongholds â€“ your mouth declaring and proclaiming healing to your body and denouncing any ill-health.
The disciples in Acts prayed quoting the Word and the place where they were assembled experienced an earthquake. The disciples were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4.24-31)! Pray the Word and you will shake the foundations (roots) of your sickness, scarcity or stressful relationship.
9. Chronic diseases are cyclical and ______________________
10. What should I NOT be when I recognize a disease is about to repeat its usual pattern and symptoms? ___________________________
11. What should I do when I recognize a disease is about to repeat its usual pattern and symptoms? ___________________________
12. What makes people fail to get out of bondage [illnesses, curses, stress etc.]? _________________________
13. Why do devils threaten us that the next bout of a sicknessâ€™s attack is about to torment us? __________________________________________
14. When you sense a spiritual attack, you rouse yourself up to pay full attention [i.e. get into the Spirit, through hearing sermons, spiritual music; or singing; or meditating upon the Word] and only then may you effectively ______________ the mischievous spirits.
15. In prayer, you should visualize yourself literally __________________________________ in the spirit realm.
16. When sickness bouts begin manifesting, I should not :
16.1. __________________ OR
16.2. ________________to some other time.
17. If you realize a thief [sickness, stress, scarcity etc.] is coming, you do not sleep but you___________