Can we pray to God for health?
The Gospels relate stories of multitudes who sought healing from Jesus.
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14).
Two Blind Men
But we learn more about how to seek Jesus’s healing through stories of individuals who heard that Jesus healed others and sought His healing, too.
“And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened…” (Matthew 9:27-30).
These two blind men heard that Jesus healed people which increased their faith in Him. They found Jesus. They asked Jesus to heal them. And He did.
Help Thou Mine Unbelief
In some instances, people weren’t totally secure in their faith. As they admitted their lack of faith to Jesus and asked Him to increase their faith, they saw healing miracles, too.
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away…He answereth him, and saith…bring him unto me.
And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tore him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose” (Mark 9:17-27.)
We Can Seek Healing, Too
While Jesus isn’t healing multitudes on a local hill today, we can still ask for His healing power in ways similar to those who found Jesus in New Testament times.
As we pray, we can call out like the blind men, persistent and faith-filled. We can ask Jesus to heal our sicknesses, griefs, sorrows, weakness by the power of His grace and according to His will, closing our prayers in His holy name.
If we don’t have the faith to be healed, we ask others with faith to pray with us or for us. We can also ask Jesus to increase our faith for the healing miracle we seek.
We can also remember that there are many ways to be healed. Healing may impact heart, mind, attitude, perspective, as well as physical infirmities. A physical issue may remain but Jesus may have healed the person’s heart or forgiven their sin.
Healing by Jesus is an available reality. By finding Him, reaching out to Him, calling on Him, we can access the healing grace of Jesus.