I wish I could simply write the following,
“Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases” and “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Psalm 103 & Isaiah 53)
and be done with it.
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. It’s not this site’s intent to categorically list all reasons people are or are not healed. But I do feel compelled to say that I’ve seen people miraculously healed and have received healings myself. I’ve also seen people suffer horribly and die, even though they fully expected Jesus to heal them. Clearly, faith is required of the one praying, and often on the part of the one receiving. But again, unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
Anyone can be healed at any time and any place. We don’t “have” to be prayed for at a public event to receive healing. However, we are commanded to call for the elders of the church when we’re sick.
There’s something about an atmosphere of expectation that raises our faith to be healed – and revival is definitely an expectant atmosphere. There’s also something about the manifest presence of God – our contact with His presence often results in healing.
[to be continued]