Dr. Mel Tavares
Praying for healing is something people have been doing for centuries. There is evidence throughout the Old Testament that God has the power to heal and is pleased to do so. The New Testament is filled with passages recounting the miraculous healings Jesus did while walking here on this earth.
God is still healing today, sometimes through medicine and sometimes miraculously through prayer. Healings can be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual in nature. There is no magical formula of how to pray for healing in a way that yields results, but there are biblical principles that are as true today as they were thousands of years ago.
Healing is a Response to Faith. Jesus asked two blind men if they believed he could heal. (Matthew 9:28) He responded to the woman with the issue of bleeding for 12 years, saying, “Daughter, your faith has made you well” (Mark 5:34 ESV). We should pray, expecting God to deliver a miracle.
Just today, I read a Facebook post from a friend who received miraculous healing in her knees. She had been unable to walk, was preparing for surgery, and in constant pain. One day as she prayed, God answered, and the pain disappeared. She was able to walk without support, and her surgery has been cancelled because she has been miraculously healed.
Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone Who Prays in Faith? That’s an often asked question. False teachers would say if you believe enough, if your faith is big enough, God will heal you. I’ve witnessed many people face discouragement and lose faith because God has a different plan for their lives. Sometimes, God’s plan is to allow sickness and disease to be used for His glory in ways we do not understand.
My husband’s late wife battled cancer, and many stood with her praying in faith for the Lord to heal her. Yet, God took her home to heaven, and she received her healing there.
The apostle Paul, a giant in the faith, prayed for his own healing from his unidentified “thorn in my flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7 NIV) that plagued him constantly. Yet he acknowledged that our sovereign God had a reason for this. Job was “blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil,” (Job 1:1 NIV), yet he suffered all manner of loss and sickness. Neither of these men lacked faith to believe God could heal them, but they had to surrender their will to God’s.
How Then Shall We Live? The model given to us in James 5:15 is to pray in faith, believing that God has the power to heal and asking him to do so. At the same time, we must recognize that it is not always his plan to bring healing to our natural bodies. Yet God still loves us and has a profound purpose for our lives despite whatever pain and suffering we may go through.
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About the author: Mel Tavares is an accomplished writer and speaker/teacher, both in ministry and in her career. She is passionate about encouraging and teaching writers. Her target market is women who are hurting and in need of Biblical hope. In addition to ghost writing and authoring her own books, Mel is a contributing author to several books, including the recently released DaySpring “Sweet Tea for the Soul: Comfort for Grieving Hearts.” She writes for several online Christian communities, teaches classes online, conducts Facebook Live series, and is a podcast guest as opportunities arise. She is a wife, mom to seven, and grandma to ten.
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