Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How to Pray for Healing of a Developmental Disability

Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, FL publishes a free quarterly magazine called The Healing Line. In the last issue, a person wrote in to ask Francis and Judith MacNutt for advice on how to minister to someone with a condition like autism. The following is their response:

A: Once we prayed for a child with Down Syndrome who changed dramatically during the prayer. We sent the family home and encouraged the parents to pray over the child while he was sleeping and to do soaking prayer. It took several years, but over time, the child was restored completely, even the facial features were healed. We have prayed for people with autism, ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, etc. and it’s very important to ask for discernment from the Holy Spirit for each individual case. Sometimes a generational root is discerned so you will want to do the generational work to clear that. We find that with mental illness and some of the disorders, there is often a generational pattern. Identifying these repeated patterns is a good place to start. Then, just pray for guidance. Soaking prayer is also very effective. Praying for the physical brain is so important and for some reason that is intimidating to people. Many of the mental disorders have to do with the brain misfiring, so we must lay hands on the head and pray for the brain. God can change the brain and balance it.

The story of Francis praying for that child with Down's can be found in this wonderful little (about 90 pages) book:

For the record, I must say I agree with the observation that sometimes generational issues are involved. Such was the case with me.


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