Romans 8:28 NIV reads, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those that love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Now that does not sound like a healing scripture but it is the foundation for us to begin that journey.
Jesus was asked a question about a blind man in NIV John 9:1-3 “As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.“ That is a very powerful statement! When we need healing we usually ask, God why me? What did I do to deserve to have these health issues?
God is Faithful and He Hears Our Prayers
I will use my husband as an example. Over 20 years ago he had a bad car accident that brought excruciating pain to his lower back. He is a heavy equipment operator so he bounces around on a machine all day. He would go forward for prayer at every church service there was and he was not healed but he continued to ask for healing. Nine months later they were getting ready to burn the nerves in his back to stop the pain. He went forward in a special prayer service and that night he was healed. The next day he built me a deck to prove that he was totally healed. Why did it take so long, we had no answer but he kept his faith and was obedient to continue to ask God to heal.
We must believe Romans 8 that God works for the good of those that love Him and all that is required of us is that we ask and continue to ask. In NIV Luke 18:1-8 “Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said; in a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God or men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea “Grant me justice against my adversary.” For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice and quickly.”
This scripture can apply to many things as well as healing. We must believe that God wants to answer our requests but sometimes how we think it should be answered and what God has for us is completely different.
We Can Trust God for His Good Intentions
Still another example in asking God for a healing is again my husband. My husband works on and operates heavy equipment in the construction industry. Not long ago, he fell off his heavy equipment machinery and as he fell he grabbed a bar on the machine with his right arm and tore his rotator cuff. It was ripped completely off the bone. Again he had horrible pain.
He had to wait over 4 months for surgery as the company he worked for protested the L & I claim. He continued asking God to heal him as he knew that God was able. But it did not happen this time so he had to trust that God was in control and there was a purpose we could not see but God could. Sometimes God is building character in us during these tough times, maybe someone is watching to see how you react to God in this situation.
Joni Eareckson-Tada who was paralyzed after a diving accident in 1967 prayed for healing but God has used her for a powerful ministry that may not have happened if she had been healed. How many times have you seen prayer go up for healing and people not healed or they still die? People blame their lack of faith or they blame God for not hearing, but if you can step back and see all the miracles God brings though those times you can go back to John 9 and remind ourselves those situations happen “so that the work of God might be displayed in his life”.