Healing and the Will of God
I was in a meeting recently where a very sick man was being prayed for. Some were speaking healing over him, commanding the cancer to vanish, and others prayed earnestly for the Lord to totally heal him. In my heart, I felt the Lord was calling him Home. I pondered this question and realized none of us had any idea what the specific Will of God was for this believer. We didn’t stop to ask.
Does God always heal the sick in response to prayer?
We know from experience He does not ALWAYS heal in answer to prayer. I’m sure Elisha prayed many times about his illness, but the Scriptures record “Elisha had become sick with the illness by which he would die” (2 Kings 13:14). Was it lack of faith on his part? Or on the part of those who prayed for him? He had enough resurrection power in his bones to give life to a dead soldier who was hurriedly put in his grave. “But when the [body of the] man [was being let down and] touched the bones of Elisha he revived and stood up on his feet” 2 Kings 13:21 (AMP).
We also know from experience that many times He does answer in the affirmative. There were times Jesus healed ALL who came to Him.
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed.
And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.
On another occasion, he healed only one man at the Pool of Bethesda and walked away, leaving all the others stunned at what they saw and heard, desperately longing for relief themselves. (John chapter 5).
What is the key to effective praying, I wondered?
Do we need formulas to bring healing to the sick?
Like this one?
Mention the sickness
Speak to the sickness in Jesus Name
Take Authority over the sickness
Quote a Bible Verse relating to healing
Command it to be healed or leave the body
Praise God for the healing
The Real Key to Effective Praying taught by the Lord Himself
Why didn’t He heal all those at the Pool? Following that incident, Jesus taught the following:
- The Father and the Son are constantly working to bring about the Will of God. “But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work” (John 5:17 Amp).
- Jesus was committed to doing only the Father’s Will. “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn]” (verses 19,20).
- Jesus made sure He knew the Will of His Father before He did anything. “The Father dearly loves the Son and discloses to (shows) Him everything that He Himself does. And He will disclose to Him (let Him see) greater things yet than these, so that you may marvel and be full of wonder and astonishment” (verse 20).
Dare we do any less? “Waiting on God” is not a popular pastime in our “Now” generation and presuming to know the Will of God for specific individuals is a recipe for disaster, disillusionment, and distress. How many people have NOT been healed because we failed to pray in God’s Will? And how many have been left in spiritual depression because we declared their healing without God’s sanction and then blamed them for failing to believe?
Should we pray for the sick for healing?
Emphatically, YES. The Bible commands it.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church,
and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord..
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.
And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Should we know the Will of God before we pray?
Absolutely. Without question. We can only exercise real faith when we know the Will of God.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him,
that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
1 John 5:14-15
How do we come to know the Will of God?
If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance],
he is to ask of [our benevolent] God,
who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.
But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help],
for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind.
For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord,
being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].
James 1:5-8 AMP
O Lord, I know that the path of [life of] a man is not in himself;
It is not within [the limited ability of] man [even one at his best]
to choose and direct his steps [in life].
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
God’s Will and His Timing regarding healing is everything. I believe it is God’s Will to heal the sick, unless He tells us otherwise in specific cases. Healing was secured for us in the Atonement of Christ and every believer will ultimately be completely healed, though not necessarily in this life. It’s our responsibility to wait on the Lord so we understand what He is busy with. Job’s friends could have prayed for him until they were blue in the face, but he would not have been healed until God said so. We must know the specific Will of God for specific circumstances and refrain from “praying answers.”
In the contentious matter of Divine Healing, let us not rely on our own insight or understanding, but take time to hear and understand the Voice of God. That does not ncessarily mean it takes years! God can tell you His Will in an instant, even while you are praying. It does mean we need to develop and grow in our relationship with the Lord by spending time with Him and becoming sensitive to His Voice.
Food for Thought!