A friend of mine recently commented, “Michael, from your book Rise Up it’s obvious that you have seen many supernatural healings.” And then he continued, “What’s your belief/theology about these healings, and how do you account for the miracles you have seen?”
After some thought I replied, “First of all let me say that I can’t heal anyone. But, by the grace of God I have been taught to believe in and expect God to heal people when we pray in faith for them. We are merely doing what Jesus demonstrated during His ministry on earth, and we pray with His authority and in His name”.
Both the Old and New Testaments have many scriptures recalling God’s healing power, here are just a few:
Deu 7:15 The LORD will turn aside every disease from you. He will not inflict on you the terrible diseases you knew in Egypt
Psalm 103:2-3 Bless the LORD, My soul, and never forget any of his benefits: He continues to forgive all your sins, he continues to heal all your diseases,
Isaiah 53:4 Surely he has borne our sufferings and carried our sorrows; yet we considered him stricken, and struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that made us whole was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.
Matthew 9:35 Then Jesus began traveling throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every illness.
And Matthew recalls how Jesus sent out the 12 disciples to heal the sick raise the dead, cleanse lepers and drive out demons, (Matthew 10:8). Later He sent out 72 of His followers to do the same, and they came back rejoicing that even demons submitted to them when they prayed in His name (Luke 10:17).
Finally, just before he ascended into heaven, Jesus gave the disciples (and by extension us) this same authority to heal the sick and cast out demons in His name (Mark 16:16).
In my book Rise Up, I explain how, for the first three centuries after Christ miraculous healings were commonplace, but then for a variety of reasons, the church mostly lost faith in healings and also lost the charismatic gifts. But today, faith in healing is being restored and once again we are seeing the supernatural healings.
Does God heal everyone I pray for? No, He doesn’t. Do I have all the answers? No, I don’t. But I have learnt over the years that my assignment is to pray and allow God do His will in His way. As Randy Clark says in his book ‘The Thrill of Victory - The Agony of Defeat’, ‘Whatever the outcome (of our prayer) we should always press in for more, and minister with the fullness of God’s love in our hearts’.
So if you or anyone you know is sick, or about to undergo surgery, why not pray to Dr. Jesus in the sure belief that He is aware of your needs and wants the very best for you? Sometimes He will provide miracles and sometimes he will heal through the medical doctors. But always, He will hear your prayer and, He has promised, He is with us until the very end (Isaiah 41:10 , Matthew 28:20).