The Promise to Heal

Have you ever noticed how some of the most exciting promises in the Bible concern physical healing? The Old Testament is full of passages expressing God’s desire to heal His people (see Isa. 53:4-5; Jer. 30:17) and of Him restoring them to health (see 1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 20:5). Likewise, the New Testament records both the miracles of Jesus (see Matt. 9:25) and of His apostles (see Matt. 10:1) as God used them to heal the sick. Some say the promise of physical healing ended with the passing of the disciples, but there is no biblical evidence for that assertion. Believers in the early church were instructed to seek prayer from their leaders and have faith that God would heal them (James 5:14-15). That pattern remains for us to follow today.

But how should you respond when God doesn’t answer your prayers for healing? Does that mean you lack enough faith? Not necessarily. Certainly, it’s wise to examine your heart for doubt and unbelief any time God answers “no” to prayer. Ask Him to reveal any areas of sin or skepticism that you might be harboring. But the truth is that some of the blessings Jesus purchased through His suffering on the cross—such as the physical healing promised in Isaiah 53:5—will not be fully realized until we are in His presence one day. Even Paul the apostle, a man of great faith, continued to suffer from a mysterious aliment he called his “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 2:7).

We must remember that while the Father cares about our physical bodies, His primary concern is our spiritual growth. His ultimate goal is to conform us into the image of Christ (see Rom. 8:29). When we realize our suffering is a result of sin or unhealthy habits, we need to repent of those behaviors and return to close fellowship with God. But many times, people who become ill haven’t done anything to deserve it (see John 9:1-3). Sickness and disease are a part of our imperfect world and affect both righteous and unrighteous people. However, God wants to use suffering of all kinds, including sickness, to mature us spiritually and draw us closer to Him (see Rom. 8:28). The apostle Paul discovered new strength in the Lord because of his thorn in the flesh (2 Cor. 12:9-10). And He can use sickness in our lives to refine us and strengthen our relationship with Him.

When you become ill, and your prayers for relief seem to go unanswered, ask God what He wants you to learn through the experience. Humble yourself and ask if there are any areas of your life that He would like to refine. Don’t let sickness make you so bitter that you give up on your relationship with God. And certainly, keep praying for His hand to move in your life and bring recovery. You have His promise that complete healing will come one day, whether it is in this life or in eternity.
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4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

17 For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,' declares the LORD, `Because they have called you an outcast, saying: It is Zion; no one cares for her."'

17 Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.

18 So she said to Elijah, What do I have to do with you, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance and to put my son to death!"

19 He said to her, Give me your son." Then he took him from her bosom and carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed.

20 He called to the LORD and said, O LORD my God, have You also brought calamity to the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?"

21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the LORD and said, O LORD my God, I pray You, let this child's life return to him."

22 The LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived.

23 Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, See, your son is alive."

24 Then the woman said to Elijah, Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth."

5 Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, `Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD.

25 But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.

1 Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;

15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth.

2 And His disciples asked Him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?"

3 Jesus answered, It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

7 so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

9 And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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