Healing: Why isn’t everyone healed when we pray?
“When Jesus and His disciples came to the crowd, a man came to Him and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire and often into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” Matthew 17:14
Jesus’ answer is enlightening to them and to us.
“O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”
Jesus rebuked the demon, and he came out of him. And the child was healed instantly.
Then the disciples came and asked Jesus privately, “Why could we not cast him out?”
This was a valid question because they had already been successful at casting out demons before this experience! This is the same question we are asking today, “Why isn’t everyone healed when we pray for them?”
Jesus was disappointed with the disciples because they should have been able to help this boy. They obviously had power that was not normal. They were casting out demons. They had supernatural anointing and ability but something had happened to them. What was it?
“Why could not we cast him out?” And Jesus said to them, BECAUSE OF YOUR UNBELIEF . . . Matthew 17:20
He did not say it was because they had no faith!
He did not say it was because their faith was not strong enough!
BECAUSE OF YOUR UNBELIEF
How can you be operating in faith (they obviously tried to cast the demon out) and yet have unbelief at the same time? Jesus went on to explain how this works.
Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20
Jesus is clarifying that it is not the amount of faith you have but it is because of their unbelief.
He clarifies more in the Matthew 21:21:
“Truly I say unto you, If you have faith, AND DOUBT NOT, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, Be thou removed and cast into the sea, it shall be done.” Mtt 21:21
Notice Jesus is saying believe without doubting. If it were impossible to believe and doubt at the same time then Jesus would not have said this!
Ill. The gospel of Mark records this same story but with some more details. After Jesus said, “If you can believe all things are possible . The father of the child burst out,
“Lord, I believe; help Thou my unbelief.” Mark. 9:24
Jesus did not correct him so you can have faith and unbelief at the same time.
Pic of horse and wagons pulling in opposite directions. FAITH ------- UNBELIEF
Romans 12:3 tells us every believer has been given a measure of faith from God as a gift. The faith you have been given is sufficient for every trial that you will ever face.
The Lord is pointing out to us why we do not see more miracles, signs and wonders in our life. We have faith but the problem is we also have unbelief that negates the force of our faith. Our faith is not the problem, but unbelief is cancelling out our faith.
How does unbelief come into our life?
The same way faith comes – by hearing.
Unbelief is actually belief. It is believing in the wrong direction.
When we focus our attention on God, His promises then our faith rises and is strong. When we focus on this world, our symptoms, our feelings, our pains, then unbelief rises and overpowers our faith and talks us out of it.
To decrease our unbelief we have to decrease the influence of the world over our thoughts and feelings. Thoughts have to be replaced with the Word.
Actually we are not waiting on God to heal us.
“By His stripes we WERE healed.” I Peter 2:24
Faith is for now. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…”
What about Paul’s thorn in the flesh? A messenger of Satan sent to buffet him. A lot of people like to claim his thorn in the flesh was a sickness or something wrong with his eyes.
But the phrase “Thorn in the flesh” did not originate with Paul. In the OT thorn in the flesh was used as a metaphor to describe people who were persecuting him in every town in went to.
God wants us well! So what do we do with sickness, pain, disease?
Unbelief speaks. It usually comes through our own voice.
We talk about how bad we feel, we vent thinking it will help us feel better but it doesn’t.
Faith speaks. It comes through your voice too!
Concl: I noticed Roger Webb would speak directly to the pain on some instances and command the pain to leave. Then he asked people did it go?
- If you have pain then speak to it. If you have burning pain then speak to the burning pain. Be specific and exercise authority over it and tell it to leave in Jesus’ name. Do not doubt and Jesus told us you shall have whatsoever you say. You may have to keep speaking but it will obey you.
Don’t try it once to see if it works and then say it didn’t because you still feel pain. Stay in faith and keep saying what God says.