Google “Faith Healing” and you get more sarcasm and satire than anything. And that’s because one seriously misguided doctrine being taught my false teachers is that you can pray for and receive healing if you only have enough faith. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against praying and I’m not saying that God can’t or doesn’t heal as a result of prayer. But I am saying that believing that prayer should heal you if you have enough faith is a lie from Satan.
Yes, these are strong words but I will back them up. Not with my words but with His… but not yet.
It’s true that Jesus healed many people, some are listed specifically and others are just mentioned in bulk. It’s also true that the apostles healed in Jesus’ name as well. What’s amazing that He healed in so many different ways. Sometimes there was physical contact, sometimes He gave instructions to the person telling them what to do, and sometimes He simply spoke. He healed just about every kind of physical and mental ailment in the process. But the real story is WHY He healed.
“And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”” (Matt 9:2-6)
The only time the Bible talks about Jesus healing us as a people (not just an individual as a demonstration of His authority) was referring to His death. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
Jesus did not heal to benefit to that one person, He healed ONLY to demonstrate His authority to forgive sins. So when we or our loved ones face an illness, expecting Him to heal them because we prayed is seriously misguided.
So, how then do we respond when we are faced with physical illness or injury? How do we pray during this process? For His will!!! It is OK to ask Him to heal… (if it’s His will) But at the same time, ask for clarity of His will, ask Him to strengthen you through the process. Ask that His light shine for others through the process. Ask that He give you the strength you need to get through this storm.
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