Whose Faith Heals?
I posted the following question on Facebook; “Do you have a question concerning healing that I can help you with? If so ask…” Here is the first question and my response.
Question: “On the people you’ve prayed for, was it that they had heard the truth and the truth set them free? Was it their faith, or your faith praying for them?”
Amy, this is a great question! And it has a 3 part answer.
#1- When people hear the truth, the truth sets them free. I remember teaching / ministering healing in a church and a man with a withered hand (that I did not even know was there) heard me teaching on the man with the withered hand (from Luke 6:6-11) and as he heard the Word concerning faith in action, his own faith was encouraged and his withered hand was made whole just by hearing the message of faith.
#2 – Oftentimes people are healed because of the faith of the one ministering over them. I see this as I am ministering to those that do not know the Lord. I have lead many non-Christians to the Lord, by ministering healing to their physical bodies first. The physical healing is used as a witness of the true power of Jesus Christ that they cannot deny. In Luke 4:40-41, we read how Jesus healed ALL that were brought to Him. It doesn’t say that ALL these people were believers or that they were full of faith. It was Jesus’ faith put into action that healed the sick.
#3 – Amy, at some point in time a person receives the full revelation that God’s healing power is for them. It may happen during a healing service, where the healing word is being taught, in may take years for some to get to this point, but never-the-less, they arrive to this point of revelation. When this healing revelation within them peaks they can receive by their own faith. Read Luke 8:43-48, the story of the woman with the issue of blood. This was a very sick woman, and she spent all she had to be made well, and she was still very ill. Somehow, somewhere, she “heard” of the man that could heal, “Jesus” and she fought the crowd to get to Him. And as she touched the hem of His garment, she was healed. What you need to understand in this account is that MANY were touching Jesus at the same time, but the way in which this woman touched Jesus literally drew the healing power out of Him. She didn’t just touch the physical hem of His garment, she touched the very core of His being with the power of her faith, and He stopped in the midst of the large crowd and said; “Who touched Me?” … “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” It was the power of her faith that touched Him. Jesus said to her; “Daughter, be of good cheer, YOUR FAITH has made you well. Go in peace.”