Dan Augsburger
Presumption and Healing Prayer

A question has been raised about presumptuous prayer for healing.

What is presumption?

Referring to presumption, Charles Spurgeon wrote: “prayer without taking heed is only another name for presumption: prayer and carelessness can never walk hand in hand together.”

Someone else wrote: “Presumptuous prayer could be described as trying to use God’s miracle-working power in a way that is not exactly promised in the Bible. Presumption in prayer occurs when we expect God to do something for us, even though it is not His will for us. Presumption is attempting to believe with our hearts and speak with our mouths that God is going to do a specific miracle for us, even though this miracle is not His will. Presumption involves trying to manipulate God into building our kingdom, instead of His Kingdom.” (I couldn’t find the name of the author, but include this quote since it is so clear)

It is easy to understand, therefore, that presumptuous praying is a potential problem in all praying.

First, apart from the merit of the Lord Jesus, none of us are worthy, and none of us have standing before God. As a result we pray in his name, encouraged by His promise in John 16:23,24.

There is presumptuous praying beyond that as well, which hinders all prayers, including prayers for healing. In seminar sessions I try to convince attendees that (1) God answers prayer; and I urge them to (2) pray according to what the Bible teaches.

In speaking on the subject of healing prayer, I highlight 12 or more factors that play a role in getting answers to prayer for healing. I do so because people often get frustrated with God when He doesn’t seem to answer their prayers for healing. Understanding comes with more study, and more understanding makes confident praying possible.

A positive answer can be expected, IF the healing requested is for (1) God’s glory, (2) that it is God's will in the situation, and (3) it is for the good of the person being prayed for, as God sees things.

In all cases prayer for healing not only includes a seeking for physical healing, but also spiritual healing, and should initiate a serious personal spiritual inventory.

When Andrew Murray, a much loved Dutch Reformed devotional writer, first considered healing, he was seeking to overcome a problem with his voice that had persisted for two years. After seeking to make his heart right before God over a three-week period, prayer was made, and he was completely healed. Who would have thought he would have needed such a long time to prepare his heart. You can read some of his testimony at this link at path2prayer.com.

In too many cases in our days, preparation for such healing is done superficially and therefore presumptuously, and delays or prevents the healing.

That doesn’t mean that God cannot heal immediately. I have seen immediate healing, and praise God for his loving consideration. But at other times healing takes much longer.

Here is a chapter from the book Ministry of Healing which I ask attendees to read in preparing for healing prayer.