Why Physical Healing Isn’t Always Biblical

Photo Credit: Alisha Mullett

 

When it comes to physical healing, our family has encountered nearly every view regarding it. In spite of that, we’re still learning and seeking the heart of our Father regarding physical infirmities and healing.

 

One of our passions is to reach out to those who’ve been deeply hurt or disillusioned by a wrong view regarding physical healing. We’ve met many individuals who began walking away from God because He didn’t come through for them like they thought He would.

 

My desire isn’t to be pessimistic, but to be honest and real with you. So let’s get this straight and let me warn you…

 

God is not always going to “come through” for you. 

Yes, I said it. There are times God’s not going to answer your heartfelt prayer of faith the way you desire. You are going to come to a place where you feel like God has let you down. The healing that you’re sincerely trusting Him for isn’t always going to happen.

 

Jesus’ disciples were filled with tremendous faith. Yet, they were all murdered, except for John. Don’t you think they earnestly prayed for God to deliver them?

 

Now, before I continue, please hear me. As God’s children, God will always be there for us. To carry us through any difficult trial we face. He will never leave us or forsake us! But we’ve often twisted what God’s word says, giving us a wrong perception of Him. We shouldn’t expect to live in a fallen world without experiencing the consequences.Our prideful nature causes us to believe God owes us His continual protection.
I’m sure you’ve probably seen times when God has miraculously answered your prayer of faith. God came through for you or someone you know. Our family has also seen God bringing supernatural healing. And so have many others. But then what happens when suddenly God doesn’t answer like you thought He was going to? When He doesn’t seem to come through for you? What happens to faith then?

 

There are individuals who believe we should claim healing has occurred in our bodies regardless of whether or not healing has taken place. Now we can pray in faith believing that God can and will heal, if He so desires. But it’s not a good idea to ignore your symptoms. And I don’t believe it’s biblical.

 

In Mark 8, we can see a good example of this:

“They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.  He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’  He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’ Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” (Mark 8: 22-25)

 

Do you notice how Jesus never told the blind man to ignore his symptoms and blurry vision and instead claim complete healing? Convincing ourselves that we’re healed when our symptoms are showing us otherwise is not right.

 

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Faith is not equivalent to ignoring reality. If we’re not healed, it’s more important that we’re honest about it. As long as healing is needed, we should pray in faith, believing and asking. Yes, many false teachers give indication that healing doesn’t take place until we declare that healing has occurred. But I believe that goes against scripture.

 

Faith is not claiming healing. Faith is claiming the promises in God’s Word. Instead of demanding and focusing on healing, we should be focusing on lining ourselves up with the will of God and His promises to me.

 

Below are two different models of a prayer of faith:

 

1.) “Father, I declare healing in the name of Jesus. I take authority over this sickness and I declare that it is gone. I pray in faith believing that my body is completely healed and that no weapon formed against me will prosper. I believe that Jesus took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses. I refuse to allow sickness to dominate or affect my body. I declare that my body is in perfect health. Every cancer, disease, or abnormality is uprooted from my body and replaced by cells that work perfectly. I believe that by Your stripes, Jesus, that I am healed. In Jesus name, amen.” 

 

 

2.) “Father, You know this unsurpassable mountain that’s right in front of me. You know that it’s impossible for me to climb it. Father God, You’ve said that all things are possible with You. And I believe it’s possible for You to remove this mountain that’s in front of me. You’ve also said that all things are possible to anyone who believes. God, I choose to believe that You are able. I believe that You will carry me and that Your grace will be sufficient regardless of the outcome. You have promised that You will be with me when I walk through the fire.

God, I pray for Your healing touch as I surrender myself to Your perfect will. I offer You no promises,  bargains or deals in exchange for my health. Help me, Father, to simply believe and rest more fully in You. I pray for Your will to be done. You know I desire to receive physical healing. But even more than that, I desire for You to receive the most glory. I choose to surrender to Your big picture and eternal plan. Regardless of what happens, I choose to believe You are still good.” 

 

Which model of prayer do you believe is the most biblical? Which one best reflects how Christ spoke to His Father?

 

The first model of prayer may have been working for you. But it won’t always. There will be some time that God will not heal. If you never learn to pray the second model of prayer, your faith will be deeply shaken. You may even walk away from God because of it. I know because we have met and prayed with many where this is the case.

 

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My friend, is your faith strong enough to accept when God doesn’t heal you or your loved one? When we don’t have a correct biblical view of God and His ways, we’re going to feel betrayed by Him when calamity strikes.

 

Your unwavering faith in God’s goodness and sovereignty is a much greater issue than your physical healing. God IS there for you. But make sure you’re able to clearly see Him instead of having cloudy vision like the blind man who wasn’t completely healed. Allow God to show you who He is through His word. And you will see there are things far more important than your physical healing.

 

~Cindy (For The Mullett Family)

 

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2 Responses

  1. Ben Shirk says:

    Thank you for speaking out on a subject that has been so badly distorted by prosperity preachers (health & wealth). I say, “Amen!” to solid teaching.

  2. Sandra Miller says:

    Background for me: our 25 YO daughter was married with two littles, died from a glioblastoma. She was anointed three times for each tumor but died anyways. I have arthritis with its accompanying pain. I am ageing. Dying.

    But I also believe in divine healing. As I understand scripture God allows infirmities to teach us something – if nothing else it is to force us to become dependent on Him. Americans treasure independence and when affliction hits we find ourselves vulnerable because it interferes with our ambitions. In any case I find we need to take it to the LORD and deal with it there, always knowing that we are dying and that is a promise from God who has never rescinded it. For the believer dying is not the worst thing that can happen to him/her. I promise. For the saint it is a homecoming, a release from pain/sorrow. It is the loved ones left behind that grieve and even there God gives comfort that far surpasses any that can be had anywhere.
    My experience.

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