Prayer-School: Healing Prayer

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Healing Prayer (Mike Forest)

Originally from: MForest585 (
Originally dated: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 19:02:14 EST

In a message dated 98-01-05 12:17:03 EST, you write:

<<< Again I can empathize with Teresa regarding her friend have all this faith to believe for healing and the Lord takes that person home...So there is the Sovernity of God in all this...So Lorraines post really summmed it up, just keep praying for the sick and believing for healing.!!! Jesus knows it all.. I cannot tell >>>

I believe that the Lord gave me something this afternoon as I was meditating on this subject as to why some people die even when there is faith for them to be healed.

The 11th chapter of Hebrews was brought to my remembrance. This chapter is the well known faith chapter of the new testament. It lists the heroes of faith as well as the wonderful works of God that were done through their faith.

Then we get down to Hebrews 11:13- "AND THESE ALL DIED IN FAITH NOT HAVING RECEIVED THE PROMISES." Then we move down to vs.36- "And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonments: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword, wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, tormented: Of whom the world was not worthy: They wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in cavesof the earth. AND THESE ALL, HAVING OBTAINED A GOOD REPORT THROUGH FAITH RECEIVED NOT THE PROMISE.

We see from these scriptures that there were some that died IN FAITH even though they apparently never did receive the answere to what they were believing God for. These dear saints obtained a good report because they continued if faith until the very end even though the promise that they were believing for was never manifested.

It is apparent that God is more interested in the faith and motive of the heart than the result of the faith. In this country we are orientated to the concept that results are everything and the end justifies the means. When Jesus died on the cross it appeared that God had failed and evil had overcome good.

The point that the Lord was trying to show me is that we cannot judge things by outward appearance. Only God knows what is going on in a person's heart, and it is entirely possible that the one that died of a terminal illness had the same amount of faith as the one that was healed of the same illness and both were equally pleasing to the Lord.

From this we can summarize that without faith it is impossible to please God.

That we cannot always tell by the end result whether someone is acting in faith or not. God is more interested in what is in the heart of a person than He is in the actual outward manifestations that are taking place in that person's life.

In His Love, Mike

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