“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” This is the biblical definition of faith as found in Hebrews 11:1.
In studying what Jesus said when He used the word “faith” or “believe”, I was a bit surprised to discover the following: In all but 5 of these 18 referenced scriptures, Jesus used the word in relation to physical healing; specifically, healing from paralysis, disease, blindness, evil spirits, and even death. In six of these scriptures, Jesus clearly stated that the healing was the result of faith:
• “…your faith has healed you…” (Matthew 9:22, Mark 10:52, Luke 8:48, Luke 18:42)
• “…your faith has made you well…” (Luke 17:17-19)
• “According to your faith it will be done to you…” (Matthew 9:27-31)
Faith and Physical Healing
Obviously Jesus said there is a connection between our faith and physical healing. In Luke 11:2, Jesus said we should pray, and the scriptures referenced in this post make it clear that when we pray for healing, that prayer must be a prayer of faith that God can heal. In addition, in the story of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8), Jesus said to pray with persistence. If we do these things, in faith, why do some of our prayers for healing appear to go unanswered?
In John 9:2-3, we read that sometimes a person’s physical condition is allowed by God for reasons that only God knows. We pray and ask because Jesus said we should do so, but Jesus also said, “Father… your will be done” (Matthew 6:9-10). When He was about to face arrest, crucifixion, and death, Jesus prayed, ”Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). This is a beautiful example of how to end our prayer requests. In matters related to physical healing, we must pray with great faith, persistently, with a submissive spirit that trusts and accepts the Father’s perfect will in these matters.
Ultimately, all of God’s people will be healed; if not in this world, then in the next (Revelation 21:4). I am thrilled to read about how Jesus passed through whole towns and villages, healing everyone! (Read Mark 6:53-56). Can you imagine that happening in today’s world? Can you imagine everyone in your family, neighborhood or town being healed of every ailment, both physical and mental, and being made totally whole? What a Mighty God we serve!!
Call to Action
If you know someone (maybe yourself?) who is in need of physical healing, be persistent in praying about it. Pray with a willing, submissive spirit for God’s will, not your will, to be done. There are no easy answers to this situation, but we can trust and know God hears and is near. Ask God to show you how to tap into the special blessings that await those who believe in and suffer for Christ (Philippians 1:29).