Q: Can I pray for the sick to be healed?
In Matthew 10, Jesus told His disciples to heal the sick, saying,
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
If you feel led by the Holy Spirit to pray that a sick person be healed, then go ahead. Do pray for that. If the burden is genuinely from God, you should see something tangible happen, even if only very small. For example, through your prayer, the Lord might impart wisdom to the other person on how to get well. Or, the Lord might do an outright healing.
When you pray for a sick person, the Lord might give you wisdom on what to pray for. If the sickness is caused by rebellion, for example, the Lord might lead you to pray that the person has a gentle and humble spirit. As you pray, you will likely receive wisdom and insight from the Lord, and some of it might surprise you. Just pray into whatever the Lord shows you and He will work with that to do whatever He wants in the other person’s life. It is a biblical concept that God will also bless you as you learn to pray for others, so that you yourself could experience blessing or healing in some area, as a result of your “giving” prayer.