We can take God at His Word, believe it, and receive His promises as ours. We can have an unshakable faith in God and be fully persuaded that what He has promised, He is also faithful to perform.
As a parent, if you tell your children that you’re going to give them a gift, and they come to you later begging for what you’ve already promised them, you might be upset with them. By their actions, they would be saying, “We know you said you’d do it, but we don’t believe you will!” That’s basically what we do to Jesus our Healer when we conclude our prayers for healing with the statement, “If it be Thy will.” God has already given His Word to us about healing: “With Jesus’ stripes, we were healed!” (1 Peter 2:24).
Instead of basing our prayers for healing on the way Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “If it by Thy will,” why not base our prayers for healing on the way Jesus prayed for healing? Actually, if you’ll notice how Jesus ministered to sick people in His earthly ministry, you’ll find that most of the time, He didn’t even pray for their healing; He just spoke words to the effect, “Be healed!” and the sick were healed. Jesus did pray, however, when He raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus said, “. . . Father, I thank thee THAT THOU HAST HEARD ME” (John 11:41). Then Jesus commanded, “. . . Lazarus, COME FORTH.” (v. 43). And if you’ll study the different accounts of healing in the four Gospels, you’ll notice that Jesus never refused anyone who came to Him to receive healing. Not one time will you find Jesus praying to God, “Father, heal this person if it be Thy will.” Jesus never prayed that way because He already knew God’s will on the subject of healing!
Of course, opponents of divine healing always cite cases of sick people who were prayed for, but didn’t receive their healing. When people aren’t healed, many automatically conclude, “It must be God’s will that I’m sick.” But if that’s true, then why do they go to the doctor for medicine so they can get well and get out of the will of God! If it’s not God’s will to heal–if it’s God’s will for His people to be sick–then according to that kind of thinking, sick people shouldn’t do things in the natural to be well. And well people should pray to be sick!
You might say, “That sounds ridiculous!” Yes, it certainly does! But I said it to help you see the absurdity of some of the teachings we hear today which try to prove that divine healing is not God’s will for us, or that healing is not for us today.
Healing is God’s will because God’s Word says it is, and it is impossible for God to lie (Num. 23:19). It is God’s will for us to be well, whole, happy, and blessed because the Bible says that God is our heavenly Father, and as a father, He loves us and wants only the best for us.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil [or natural], know how to give good gifts unto your children, HOW MUCH MORE SHALL YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN GIVE GOOD THINGS TO THEM THAT ASK HIM?
Many people believe that God afflicts people with sickness and disease in order to discipline them or to teach them a lesson. But how many of you who are parents would discipline your children by making them sick? If you could, would you get some cancer and inject it into your children and tell them, “Now, I’m going to teach you a few things”? Of course not! Besides, if you were to do that, I guarantee, you would spend quite a few years locked up behind bars! Well, the Bible says if natural parents know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more does God our Heavenly Father know how to give good gifts to His children! Yet our Heavenly Father is accused of giving His children cancer, tuberculosis, and every other kind of malady and sickness you can think of. That kind of reasoning doesn’t even make sense!
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Kenneth W. Hagin is President of Kenneth Hagin Ministries and Pastor of Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with an extension campus in Oklahoma City. He ministers around the world. Known for calling the Body of Christ to steadfast faith, he seizes every ministry opportunity to impart an attitude of “I cannot be defeated, and I will not quit.”