This is important to discuss. It’s real life. We don’t want it to happen, yet it does. The Bible says we should see healings because everyone Jesus went to was healed. So why don’t we?
We experience the kingdom in a “now but not yet” way, there will be times that the person we pray for doesn’t get healed. Or, we pray to receive physical healing for ourselves and nothing happens.
I don’t have an answer for why that is. All I can say is the kingdom is a mystery and we need to be ok living in the mysterious, and trusting the one who walks with us on the journey.
Jesus set the standard, it is our job to hold to that standard and push others to hold it as well.
One thing we need to be careful of when we don’t see healing is creating a new theology around it. I’ve had many people tell me these excuses as to why they didn’t see healing:
1. The person they were praying for didn’t have enough faith
Never once did Jesus tell that to someone and neither should we. Plus, this plants doubt it everyone’s mind that if this person doesn’t get healed it’s due to their lack of faith.
2. The person they were praying for has too much sin
This is wrong in many ways. If Jesus died to save us and we all had sin, why wouldn’t he heal us? And if too much sin was an issue Jesus would’ve never set the demoniac free from the legion of demons he had. Or Mary Magdalene. Sin doesn’t stop the love of God from moving.
3. Believing we aren’t called to healing because we didn’t see it
Some people pray for hundreds of people before seeing a healing. Others see it the first time. I don’t know why that is, but it is the standard Jesus set for us that healing should happen every time we pray. We need to continue to persevere and hold his truth in our hearts and minds so nothing can shake us from believing in it.
4. There is something wrong with me if I don’t see healing
No there isn’t. There have been many people I’ve prayed for and haven’t seen healing. You are growing in the gift of healing, keep going. If someone tells you there is something wrong with you, ignore them.
Healing is messy. Things don’t always work the way we see them in the Bible. I encourage you to press in to God when those things happen. Grow in relationship with him. And let his truth wash over you. Don’t allow the enemy to come with lies and create a new theology that isn’t biblical.