Why pray for healing
F.X. Durrwell in his book ‘In the Redeeming Christ’ writes ” Faith works miracles. Christ is risen, all power is given him…and he grant to those that believe in him to do greater things even than those he himself did on earth. Even during Christ’s life on earth, faith in the kingdom of God raised mane above the earthly state and made them to signs, wonders, and marvels. Peter walked on the water in so far as he had faith. ‘Daughter, thy faith has made thee whole.’ Our Lord said to the woman with the issue of blood. (Mk 5:34)
By prayer we are in contact with the Risen Jesus. By virtue of prayer we touch and draw down to earth divine power.
Many people say ‘I don’t have much faith.’ Jesus tells us that we only have to have the faith of a mustard seed. Jesus says “Truly, I say to you. If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed. You will say to this mountain ‘move from here to there and it will move. And nothing will be impossible to you.’ (Matt 17:20)
The Letter of James tells us “Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise them up. And if they have committed any sins their sins will be forgiven them.”
Mary Healy in her book ‘Healing’ writes “Many people tend to think of healing as secondary to the Jesus real purpose to save souls. But the Gospel tell us otherwise. In the biblical understanding, the human person is an inseparable unity of body and soul. Christ came not only to ‘save souls’ but to save human beings to raise us up, body and soul to the fullness of divine life in communion with God and all the redeemed forever. The body has inestimable significance on God’s plan. It will one day be radiant with divine life. (1 Cor 15 42-44)Jesus healing of bodily sickness and infirmity are a foreshadowing of the glorious destiny of the human person.”
“Twenty-One percent of the Gospel accounts of Jesus public ministry is devoted to reports of physical healing and exorcisms. A striking percentage. Clearly, Jesus’ healing are not a minor element to his real purpose.”
In fact there are clues in the Gospel that Jesus ministry of healing was more extensive. We often see that Jesus healed them all.
“They brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pain, demoniacs, epileptics and paralytics and he healed them” (Matt 4:24)
“He healed all who were sick.” (Matt 8:16)
“Jesus went about all the cites and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity.” (Matt 9:35)
“they send round to all the regions and brought to him all that were sick , and begged him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment, and as many as touched it were made well. (Matt 14 35-36) (Mk 8 56)
“All those who had any sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.” (Lk 4:40)
“All the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and he healed them all.” (Lk 6:19)
We also see that Jesus passed on this ability to heal to his disciples.
“More and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them in beds and mats, so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.” (Act 5 12-16)