“When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, ‘Son of David, have mercy on us!’ And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And when Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They answered and said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith let it be to you.’” Matthew 9:27-29
All of God’s promises are received the same way, through faith. Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved THROUGH FAITH, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” We know that physical healing is included in our salvation because at the same time and on the same cross that Jesus died for our sins, He also died for our sicknesses and our diseases. So it just makes perfect sense that the same way that we receive salvation would be the same way that we receive all the benefits of salvation.
It has become very popular today to downplay the role that faith plays in receiving physical healing. Many have gone so far as to say that faith is not necessary at all for one to receive healing. However, to make such claims, one would have to completely ignore what our Lord and Savior has said on the subject.
Sadly, many people have confused what it means to receive from God through His mercy versus receiving from God through His covenant promises. A person can be healed through one or two ways. Either a person can be healed through God’s mercy or through God’s covenant. What is the difference? T.L. Osborn said, “God heals the unbeliever because of His mercy but God heals the believer because of His covenant.”
You see, God is not obligated to heal a person who does not have access to, nor appropriates, His promises. But, God has obligated Himself to heal the Christian who approaches Him in faith. In other words, a person who will approach God in faith for healing is guaranteed to receive!
In Romans 9:15 the Lord said, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” God’s mercy is what we would call His sovereign will. In other words, God reserves the right to heal anyone that He wants to at anytime that He wants to do it. In my own healing ministry many times I have seen the Lord perform wonderful miracles for those who were unsaved, people who had no faith at all. However, this kind of healing has not been guaranteed. God may or may not heal you based upon His mercy. However, healing has been promised, even guaranteed, to anyone who will approach Him in faith.
Is faith important for receiving healing? Let me just list a few scriptures that indicate the important role that faith plays in receiving from God. In James 1:6-7 it says, “But let him ASK IN FAITH, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” Then in James 5:15 it declares, “And the PRAYER OF FAITH will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up…” Hebrews 11:6 states, “But WITHOUT FAITH it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God MUST BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Then over in Mark 11:24 Jesus says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever (includes healing) things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE that you receive them, and you will have them.” Then in Matthew 21:22 Jesus says, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, BELIEVING, you will receive.”
So we can clearly see that our faith is very important when it comes to receiving answers to our prayers. Before Jesus could heal the two blind men in Matthew 9 He asked them a very revealing question. He asked, “Do you BELIEVE that I am able to do this?” Why would He ask such a question if it was not important or necessary for their healing?
Jesus then goes even further when He says, “According to your faith let it be to you.” In other words, a person can have anything from God that they have faith for. This is called the law of faith. (See Romans 3:27.) It will not always be to you according to God’s will, but it will always be to you according to your faith.
It is God’s will for every person to be saved and healed. (2 Peter 3:9 & 1 Peter 2:24) But that does not mean that every person is, or will be, saved and healed. You see, just because it is God’s will for you to have something, doesn’t mean that you will automatically receive it. God’s will must be received by faith. “For through faith are you saved,” the Bible says.
Confession: I believe that Jesus died for my sickness and my disease on the cross and provided healing for my body. I believe that I receive my healing in Jesus’ name!