In writing for www.gotquestions.org, I was asked to answer a question about whether we have the power as Jesus did to heal by speaking to our problem. Here is my response:
In considering this question, it is important that we consider the power that Jesus exhibited. Jesus was so very in fellowship with the Father that he didn’t do anything He didn’t sense the Father doing. (John 5:19) Therefore, when Jesus healed someone it was because it was in line with the Father’s will at that moment in time. But, did Jesus heal every sick person that he came across?
An interesting account in Acts 3:2 illustrates the answer, “Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.” This man was at the Beautiful Gate every day. Those familiar with Jerusalem and the travels of Jesus tell me that Jesus would have passed by that gate when he was in Jerusalem. And, yet why did he not heal him while he was on this earth. We know from Acts 3:7 that Peter heals him.
Jesus didn’t heal him because He knew that later on in God’s timing the man would encounter Peter and John going up to the temple. For Jesus to have healed Him before the time would have frustrated God’s plan and been out of order. Simply put…it wasn’t time.
Jesus taught the disciples about faith and told them if they had the faith of a seed of a mustard seed, he used a dramatic example of telling a mountain to be cast into the sea. I fully believe in praying God’s Word when we encounter the challenges of life. Therefore, if you have an ailment by all means quote healing scriptures. But, do not be discouraged if you do not see instantaneous healing. It could be that God has a mission for you at a doctor’s office to be a witness. It could be that people are watching you to see how you hold up under the pressure. They are watching to see if you will blame God or if you will exhibit the peace that passes all understanding that is referenced in Philippians 4:7.
I believe that God still heals. But, I also know that He has a greater plan that we sometimes do not see. Through the years, I have followed the life of Joni Eareckson Tada. She was a young lady who was involved in a diving accident in the late 1960s. I have heard some criticize her and say if she really had faith she would be healed. However, she has been a tremendous testimony of having faith to overcome disability and depression within the context of quadraplegia.
Consider what Paul told Timothy in I Timothy 5:23 (NIV) “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.” If we are to speak to our illnesses and become instantly healed, wouldn’t that have been a good for Paul to teach that principle to Timothy? Instead he gives him an earthly remedy that may help his stomach.
There are many miracles of healing that we hear people give testimony. However, we must remember God is sovereign and will heal when it is within His overall plan. Quoting Scripture is important, but we must be cautious we don’t place our faith in the quoting of Scripture but that we place our faith truly in God.