Healing in the Bible

There are many instances of healing in the bible. But, does that prove that God actually heals believers who pray to him?

One of the most challenging times of any Christian's walk with God is when they or a loved one face a time of illness.

For many, it is easy to know God can do anything, but when the need for a healing is personal it can be much more difficult to keep that faith.

So what does the Bible say about healing? The more that you study the answers, the more you will be able to find the strength to trust God even during the most difficult challenges.

Scriptures About Healing

There are many scriptures about healing in the Bible. Below are just a few of the many examples.

Now see that I, even I, am He, And there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.

Deuteronomy 32:39

O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.

Psalms 30:2

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.

Jeremiah 17:14

Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.

Jeremiah 33:6

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. {15} And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. {16} Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:14-16

Read more bible verses about healing.

How to Pray for Healing

The first thing to keep in mind when praying for healing is the most well-known example of prayer in the Bible: The Lord's Prayer. In this prayer is a line that can be so hard to say, especially when you have a desperate need such as for a healing.

Nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.

Luke 22:42

Just like Jesus petitioned God to be delivered from his crucifixion, we can petition God for healing. However, Jesus understood that what the flesh wants isn't always what God wants. Therefore, prayers for healing should always include "not my will, Lord, but yours be done."

That being said, the Bible also tells us to make our petitions known to God.

Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.

Phillippians 4:6

When you pray about healing, seek to do so with a heart that trusts God. While it can seem almost impossible, try to pray without fear and without being anxious. This is difficult, but ask God to increase your faith and to give you peace through this time of trial.

What if Healing Doesn't Come?

While we wish it could be different, the fact is that healing is not always going to come.

This doesn't mean that God didn't hear you or that He doesn't care about you. The fact is that at the end of every life is death. Death is not a sign of a God who doesn't care; it is just the natural end of every life. When death comes too soon - especially when a child is involved - it is so hard not to wonder how that could be just in God's eyes. But remember what it says in Isaiah:

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

Isaiah 55:8-9

Yes, it seem cruelly unfair when we lose a loved one or when we are sick with no sign of healing in sight, but we are looking at the situation with human eyes. God's ways are higher than our, and we cannot understand them fully. Some think that the absence of a healing means God is angry or that the person who needed the healing did something wrong. We know that is not the case by what it says in the book of Matthew.

That ye may children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matthew 5:45

It rains on the just and the unjust. There is no promise to the righteous that healing will always come. The promise is that God is in control and that, in the end, those who love Him will live with Him whether or not they ever get a physical healing in this life.