How To Receive Healing Part 4

We have been laying a foundation in our previous posts. Today we will begin to examine seven specific ways to receive divine healing.

The first method is for us to ask God to heal us.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:13-14

The Greek word aiteó is translated “ask” in these verses. It can also be translated “request”, “petition”, or “demand”. Jesus was not talking about prayer in the traditional sense that prayer is defined.

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
John 16:23

Jesus was referencing the day we live in. The Greek word translated “ask” in this verse is erōtēsete. This is different from aiteó which was used in John 14. It literally means “to make a request to, pray”.

Jesus said that we would not ask Him. Instead we are told to ask the Father in Jesus’ name.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:13-14

There is no mention of asking the Father in John 14. Here Jesus is not talking about prayer like He was in John 16.

In context Jesus is talking about something different than prayer in John 14. Instead He was telling His disciples to demand in His name.

We are talking about the first method of receiving divine healing. It is to ask or demand.

“Whatsoever you shall demand in my name, that will I (Jesus) do.”

Jesus is not telling us to pray to the Father in His name.

It is interesting that the reason given by Jesus for this instruction is “that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

“If ye shall demand any thing in my name, I will do it.”

This may be a new thought for you so let’s look at an example to clarify what Jesus was talking about.

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
Acts 3:1-10

The lame man was laid at this gate every day. When Peter stopped we are told the lame beggar expected to receive something. The fact that he was expecting tells us that he believed had something they could have given him.

We would not expect to receive something from a person we did not believe had anything to give us.

We know that God has healing. There does not seem to be anyone debating this.

Jesus purchased healing for us. We approach God in faith that is grounded in His Word.

God already purchased healing for us through the broken body of Jesus. There is still a need for us to receive this from Him. Our ability and expectation to receive is based on the fact that we know God’s Word can be counted on.

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Matthew 8:17

The man expected to receive something from Peter and John. He had confidence in their ability to do this.

Then Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee.”
(Acts 3:7)

Peter had something much more valuable than silver and gold:

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

Peter put a demand on the healing power of God. He did not ask everyone to join hands and pray! There is a place for prayer but we are not talking about that in this post. We are talking about the first method of receiving from God which is to ask.

Peter made a demand on the power of God.

And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
(Acts 3:7)

There is something that always seems to come to mind when I read this account. This man was born lame. He did not learn to walk as a child.

Peter grabbed the man and in that moment he was not only miraculously healed but he also learned how to walk! We are told he was leaping and praising God. There is no indication that he wobbled while trying to get his balance.

This is God’s plan for you my friend. His power has been made available through Jesus. You can put a demand on that power just as Peter did!

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:13-14

Peter did exactly what Jesus had instructed him to do. He demanded that the lame man should rise and walk in the Name of Jesus!

Peter did not demand God.
Peter did not demand Jesus.

Jesus said that He would do whatever we demand in His Name. We see an example of this in Peter’s demand on the lame man to walk.

And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
Acts 7:8-9

Jesus told us that God would be glorified if we demand in His Name. Peter put a demand on the man to walk. The man received strength and was able to walk. We are told the result of this was that he praised God.

So in this post we have seen the first method of receiving healing. You can put a demand on your body to be well in the Name of Jesus. We will continue on in our journey in the next post with the next method of receiving healing.

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