“Lord, if you are willing, you can make me whole. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I am willing: be made whole.” (Luke 5:12b-13)
It hurts me to think that God’s will is anything less than health for his body. For example, if you were an executive in a company, and you knew that a section of your company was embittered against the company and distraught, you would acknowledge that there was a “disease” of sorts present within your company, and, naturally, because you want the company to prosper and do well, you would want that section of the company to be made whole again. After all, disease in one part of the company has a way of infecting another part — the whole company, really, could be brought down through this “infectious disease.” Even God, in His Bible, talks a lot about the necessity of quarantine when infection comes upon a person. (Leviticus 13). Why does God say this? Because He has no interest in seeing people be healthy? On the contrary, it is quite evident that God has a vested interested in seeing people being made whole. In short, God wants you healthy. This is His father heart. It is demonstrated all throughout the Bible. And so, too, is it with God’s body. If there is disease — whether that be emotional, physical, or mental — in one part of God’s body (one part of the church, which is the body of Christ), then, it really seems to me, that God wants it healed! It is true — sometimes the healing does not come. That is why quarantine is so necessary. Yet, this is not a reflection of God’s “heart of hearts.” As we have seen, His “heart of hearts” is to see things being made whole.
That’s why it seems preposterous to me that God would “want” anyone to die. It is not God’s desire that anyone should die, it is rather a concession (like divorce) that God endures. We need to see the difference between the two. In fact, in the book of Ezekiel, God explicitly says that it is NOT His will that anyone should die (referring to both physical and spiritual death). “Do I take pleasure in the death of the wicked?” says the Lord? “No. Then repent, that you should live.” (Ezekiel 33:11). So often, we have been inclined to think that, in God’s heart of hearts, it is His will that some should live, while others should die. Our prayers reflect this false belief. “Lord, if it is your will that so-and-so should be made whole, then please heal him.” We falsely fall into the trap of complacency in this area. Friends, it really is a trap — a trap set by the enemy of our souls (Satan) and perhaps even many well-intentioned people, who simply don’t know any better (really, they do not know God as they should). It is time to “wake up” to these things. Stop being complacent. Stop letting the enemy say that God’s will “might be” that you should die, when, in fact, it is explicitly that you should live! That is why the apostle John can so confidently write to those to whom he is ministering, “I pray that in all things you may be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2) John is certain of this. Notice, he has not added, “If God wills,” at the end of his prayer. This is a royal cop-out — such a faithless prayer in God’s desire to heal deserves not even to be heard, much less answered (we will deal with this tomorrow).
Do our prayers reflect the true belief about God’s desire to make us well? Jesus said, “Be it done according to your faith.” Unfortunately, our “faith” (or lack of it) may be the very reason why things are not getting “done,” and why people are not getting healed as they should. I am not referring to a manufactured faith — “Oh, Lord, I hope … I hope you will heal me … I hope, I hope, I hope …,” or even, “I believe … I believe … I believe …” repeated a thousand times without a real heart knowledge of the truth (such faith is not faith, but wishful thinking, even bordering on witchcraft, self-deception, and an attempt to manipulate God), but rather an inner knowing, based on a proper understanding of God’s character, that can say, with quiet and confident assertion, “Lord, I know that it is your desire to make me well, because you are a good God. I know that there may be some “keys” that I need to use to “open some doors” so that I can receive my healing. Lord, please reveal to me the keys, and help me to be bold enough and strong enough to unlock those doors as you present them to me. Lead me into all truth, and I know I will be set free. (John 8:31-36). Lord, take me by the hand. I will follow you. Help me not to be afraid. You are good God, and you will lead me. Amen.”