Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

Hindrances to Healing Cont’

(5) People (Mark 10:48), (6) unbiblical teaching (Mark 3:1-5; 7:13), (7) failure of the elders to pray the prayer of faith (Mark 11:22-24; Jas 5:14-16), (8) failure of the church to seek and obtain the gifts of miracles and healings as God intended (Acts 4:29-30; 6:8; 8:5-6; 1 Cor 12:9-10, 29-31; Heb 2:4), (9) unbelief (Mark 6:3-6; 9:19,23-24), and (10) self-centered behavior (1 Cor 11:29-30). At other times, the reason for the persistence of physical affliction in godly people is not readily apparent (e.g., Gal 4:13; 1 Tim 5:23; 2 Tim 4:20). In still other instances, God chooses to take His beloved saints to heaven during an illness (cf. 2 Kgs 13:14).

Steps to Take.  What can you do when praying for and seeking God’s healing of your body? (1) Be sure you are in a right relationship with God and others (Mat 6:33; 1 Cor 11:27-30; Jas 5:16; see John 15:7). (2) Seek the presence of Jesus in your life, for it is He who will give your heart the faith you need (Rom 12:3; 1 Cor 12:9; Phil 2:13; see Mat 17:20).

(3) Saturate your life with God’s Word (John 15:7; Rom 10:17). God sends forth His Word to heal (Ps 107:20). He also watches over the promises of His Word to fulfill them (Jer 1:12; Is 53:11). Let God’s promises about healing enter into your spirit as revelation. Active faith can then unite with God’s Word (Heb 4:2) for a creative miracle.

(4) Call for the prayers of the elders of the church with the anointing of oil, as well as the prayers of family members and friends (Jas 5:14-16).

(5) Attend a service where a person with a respected healing ministry is present (cf. Acts 5:15-16; 8:5-7).

(6) Expect miracle—trust in Christ’s power (Mat 7:8; 19:26).

(7) Rejoice if healing comes this day. Rejoice even if it does not come in the present hour (Phil 4:4, 11-13).

(8) If you are not finding healing, continue to remain in Him (John 15:1-7). Examine your life to see what changes God may desire to work in you.

(9) Know that God’s delays in answering prayers are not necessarily denials of those requests. Sometimes God has a large purpose in mind that, when realized, results in His greater glory (cf. John 9:3; 11:4, 14-15,45; 2 Cor 12:7-10) and in good for us (Rom 8:28)

(10) Realize that if you are a committed Christian, God will never forsake you or forget you. He loves you so much that He has engraved you on the palms of His hands (Is 49:15-16).

Note: The Bible acknowledges the proper use of medical care (Mat 9:12; Luke 10:34; Col 4:14).

But seek healing from God first and throughout the proper use of medical care.