A mistake commonly made by Christians is praying for healing and not taking any action to appropriate it. I know that this is contrary to the way many people think, but faith requires an associated response.
It may surprise you, but God does not have authority on this earth to heal a single person. He has delegated His authority to the Church and will not do anything without our involvement.
Things are in the mess they are because the Church is not walking in authority given her by God. I have heard people say His will is being manifest in judgment but disagree.
God only operates as He flows through His people. We hinder Him from moving in the earth because of our not yielding fully to His Spirit!
We are the ones who are not releasing His power to work on this planet!
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:4 – 8)
Jesus told His disciples they would receive power, authority, and control when the Holy Spirit came. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be witnesses of Christ’s resurrection!
The majority are not as committed to their word as God is. They will say something and then take it back or break their word without any hesitation.
When God says something, He is bound to make it come to pass. When Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would come and empower physical human beings with His power, He committed Himself to make that happen.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
It is God’s will that every person receives the gift of salvation, but Jesus is not going to preach the Gospel for this to happen. We saw in Acts 1 that He gave believers the authority and empowerment of the Spirit to be witnesses of Him and His goodness.
Cornelius was a Roman soldier whose conversion is found in Acts 10. He was in prayer, and an angel of God appeared to him. The angel could not share the good news but instead pointed Cornelius to Peter.
He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: (Acts 10:3 – 5)
God sent an angel to lead Cornelius to Peter. The angel was talking directly to him but could not share the Gospel message. I’m sure that the angel knew the Gospel message and could have delivered it himself. He did not though, because angels do not have the authority to preach the Gospel. They have the knowledge and ability to do so but not the authority to do so. Angels will not preach the Gospel to a human being. God chose us to lead men and women to salvation.
God has also chosen to use human beings as conduits of His healing power. We pray and ask Him to heal the sick person contrary to what Scripture directs us to do. As with salvation, God has chosen to use people to minister to other people which is why Jesus told His disciples that they were to lay hands on the sick with an expectation to see them recover. (Mark 16:18).
It may be possible that you have prayed for a family member or close friend to receive a healing touch from God. You may even have prayed for a church member listed in the church prayer list. While these are good things to do, they are not what Jesus commanded us to do! He told us to lay hands on the sick. How many times have you or I placed our hands on a sick person and commanded their bodies to be healed? Have we ever followed the instructions provided in James 5 that tell us to anoint the sick with oil?
It is not just prayer that will save the sick! We offer little prayers to salve our consciousness with no faith behind them. God will heal through people, but this requires us to release faith with an associated action expressed through the laying on of hands or anointing of oil.
Most Christians are passively crying out to God for help. It is no wonder that we do not see His power in greater manifestation! He commanded us to exercise our authority, and instead, we are pleading with Him to do what He has told us to do.
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:7 – 8)
It amazes me how the modern-day Church has taken the command to preach the Gospel to heart but seemingly glossed over these verses in Matthew 10. It is rare to find Christians who regularly lay hands on the sick and an even rarer one to see demons being cast out.
In the same way that people will not be saved without hearing the Gospel message, they will not be healed without a believer going to them and exercising their authority!
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. (Romans 10:12 – 21)
A person can’t be born again without a physical human being sharing the Gospel message with them. The majority accept this when it comes to healing, but when it comes to healing, they believe that can only happen if God so wills it. They throw prayers up to heaven hoping something will happen without exercising any faith whatsoever and act surprised when nothing happens.
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