The question that is often brought up concerning healing is whose responsibility is it for healing to take place? First off, it is incorrect and not in accordance with the New Testament to put the responsibility on the candidate for healing. The only responsibility that the Gospels and the book of Acts and the Epistles put on the candidate is to come.
Jesus commended faith, not God’s faith, but mere human faith when he says it in relation to healing. Where there was no faith, Jesus healed them anyway. Actually, there is always faith involved on behalf of the candidate if he comes.
In Acts we have the same pattern. Paul recognized that a man in Lystra, Acts 14:8-10, had faith to be healed. “And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: This same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.”
Now the common argument is that people in the church have a greater requirement or responsibility upon them to be healed and that their lack of faith despite the faith and power of the person ministering will hinder their healing. First off, we know God is no respecter of persons. Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34 tell us that. And we are saying that God is respecting the unsaved over his own kids when we adopt this wrong premise.
God’s position from heaven is not Him measuring at what level each person is with their faith and giving out the corresponding power according to the individual’s level of faith. God has decreed healing for all. He is not picking and choosing or making any decisions for anyone today in regards to healing. By sending Jesus to the cross, by the stripes that Jesus bore on his back, God Almighty has decided and judged healing for all.
James is the only New Testament Scripture pattern for believers and again the responsibility is put on the Elders. James 5:14-15 “Is any sick among you? 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: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”
Now if you want hermeneutical, philosophical and theological correctness then the Bible puts the responsibility on the one ministering and the only requirement on the candidate is to come.
In Mark chapter 9 beginning at verse 15 we see the instance of Jesus healing a man’s son that was vexed of evil spirits. The disciples had tried to cast the devil out of the man’s son. They were unsuccessful. Jesus rebuked them for not being able to get the job done. Later his disciples asked him why they could not cast out the devil. Jesus responded and said “because of your unbelief”.
This is just the opposite of what is taught in the church today where we say “I’ve got the power and if you don’t get healed it’s your fault for not having enough faith, or a secret sin, or a curse” or whatever and that’s why pastors and ministers are afraid to take the responsibility because they do not want to be accountable if that person is not healed.
Now having said all that, should a Christian have enough faith to get his own healing? The answer is yes. Should the Christian take responsibility for his own healing? The answer is yes. Otherwise, they are constantly at the mercy of others. When they understand the New Creation, that the Healer, the power, the faith, that they are all ready healed and have authority to command sickness and demons to leave, they should be able to not only get their own healing, but get other people healed as well.
We are all growing into the fullness of Christ. Jesus is our potential, yet we are all at different levels of developing our faith and working the power. The Scriptures clearly tell us that the prayer of faith will save or heal the sick. See Philippians 2:12-13; Ephesians 4:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:24: Mark 16:15-20.
It is imperative that you do your part after you have been prayed for. It is an affront to God into your born-again spirit if after having been taught for a substantial period of time that all you do is come and have hands laid on you in church and the rest of your time you devote to TV and non-Christian things and never pick up and apply the Word to your life. It won’t stop the healing, but it sure can make the progress or process slow. This is provided you didn’t get it all at once. And if you do you need to maintain what you have obtained.
What is our part? What do we do after we have had the hands laid on us? What do we do after the prayer of faith has been prayed over us?
1. Do not speak any words that do not agree with the Scriptures and/or prayer of faith which was spoken over you. Matthew 8:5-13. Note:
2. The servant was healed on the centurion’s faith. Both were not born-again.
3. It was at a distance (intercessory prayer).
4. Jesus’ instructions were to speak the word only.
5. Do not base the reality of whether the healing power was imparted to you on whether or not you “felt” anything.2 Corinthians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 4:18. Remember, the less faith you are operating in the more God must give you a feeling to help collaborate what He is doing in your spirit and body. The more faith you are operating in the less you will need to “feel something”. Do not delay your healing by speaking what your senses are reporting if they differ from what the Scriptures clearly say.
6. Understand that each minister is operating according to the measure or current level of faith and power through them. Some are more proficient at imparting than others. Some healing is by degrees whereas other times it is instantaneous. Ephesians 3:20;2 Timothy 1:6
7. There is no limit to the number of times to come and be ministered unto.
8. We should be reading healing Scriptures throughout the day, out loud and with force. Reading them often will only help you and cannot hurt. You cannot overdose on the word. Proverbs 4:20-22; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1. This shows how serious you are about your healing.
9. Tell others what has occurred. Give God the glory. Even if you have not had any visible results speak the word only and give God thanksgiving and praise because you are basing the results on the Word of God.
10. If at all possible you should pray for someone else that has a need. Pray with the same force and attitude you are prayed for. Galatians 6:7.
11. Remember that even if healing is instant, you will be tested to see if you have truly “received” your healing or if you are merely “holding it”.
12. When this testing happens remember it is not God testing you. He knows if you are healed and He knows if you know you are healed. Stand up to the devil and tell him what has happened. James 4:7; 1Timothy 6:12.
People say this all the time and it’s an accurate: “Well the devil keeps attacking my body so I must be doing something right in the kingdom.” Actually, the reverse is usually true. People active in healing are usually well. Their attacks are persecution. Examples: Christ, Paul, the apostles.
Closing: The only way to truly protect yourself from Satan’s attack is to immerse yourself in the life teachings of Jesus Christ. But remember it is not enough to merely agree with those teachings, you must also assimilate and work (corresponding actions) out those teachings. God’s goal and purpose for you while on this earth is that your life continuously looks less like your old life and more like Christ’s life. You should not only reach a point that allows you to walk free from the enemy’s attacks, but you should also be setting the other captives free.