Q. I have a question about healing. I believe it’s available to us today and I believe the Lord wants to heal us. My problem is when I pray for healing for myself I actually feel hope more than faith. Try as I might I just can’t walk away from my prayer convinced I’m healed. I have ear aches and other ear problems. I’ve prayed numerous times for healing and I’m still waiting. How do I change my attitude from hopeful to believing?
A. I would venture to say that most believers who accept the idea of supernatural healing (and a great many don’t) are in the same position as you are. I believe this is why Mark 9:14-29 is in the Bible. It’s the account of the man and his demon possessed son. He was at his wit’s end and in desperation begged the Lord, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“If you can?’ said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9:22-24)
Paul said faith comes through hearing the message (Romans 10:17). Along with a comprehensive study on what the Bible actually says about healing, you should offer this father’s prayer from Mark 9 for help in overcoming your unbelief. And in your study, don’t take anyone’s word for what the Bible says. Do your own homework and see what it says for your self.
One thing you can do, is follow the advice of James 5:14-16 where we’re told that if we’re sick we should go to the elders of the church and have them pray over us.