God wants to heal.
When we talk about healing, we must first realize that healing is in the heart of God, both for the believer and the unbeliever. Healing is a benefit of being a child of God and also a sign & wonder to those who are lost. Healing was paid for by the cross (“by His stripes, we are/were healed”).
This healing comes from God, not from us. We have no power to heal except for God (the Holy Spirit) inside us. It’s not our job to heal. It’s our job to simply obey. When praying for healing, all that is required is to have faith; faith that God can and wants to heal.
Now this healing may come in different ways. There are basically three different kinds of healing:
This is when a sickness is completely removed immediately.
This is when a sickness is completely removed over a period of time.
This is when the person is removed from the sickness. For a Christian, it is a blessing for “to be absent from the body is to be present from the Lord.”
Don’t worry about which way God will heal the person you’re praying for. Just believe God that He will heal them.
If He doesn’t heal, it’s by design.
While there are three ways God heals, there is a fourth option — He gives grace in the remaining sickness. Jesus healed every person He prayed for, but He didn’t pray for every person. Some He left to remain sick. Why?
This question is answered no better than with parents of disabled children. Physical and mental disabilities are something that God can (and wants to) heal. So why doesn’t He? Why does He allow this suffering to continue? Why does He just give them grace to endure this heartache over many years instead of just banishing their illness?
Healing is not the chief end for anyone.
The chief end for God is glory (to be glorified).
The chief end for us is maturity.
And that’s why God doesn’t always heal.
James 1:2-4 says:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Paul states in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10:
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Peter says in 1 Peter 4:1-2:
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
So regardless of which of the four ways God uses in healing (miracle, recovery, death, or grace instead), He receives the glory. While the pain and sicknesses can make life incredibly tough, remember that God is full of love for us and is does all things for His glory and our maturity.