By Greg Laurie
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed."
Does God still heal people today? I believe the answer is yes.
He heal everyone? The answer is no.
God has the ability to heal, and He has the desire to heal.
Isaiah 53 says of Jesus, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (verse 5 NKJV).
Peter, commenting on the same verse, wrote, “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed” (1
Peter 2:24 NLT). In the original language, the word Peter used for “healed” always speaks of physical healing.
Can God heal, then? Yes. So why are some still sick? It may be because
they haven’t asked Him for healing. James 4:2 says, “Yet you do not have because you do not ask” (NKJV).
Jesus said, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9 NKJV). In the original language there’s an ascending intensity to those verbs. Jesus was saying, “Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking, and keep praying.”
Of course, the apostle Paul prayed three times that God would remove his thorn in the flesh. However, God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”
(2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).
So there are times when God will say no. But there are also times when He will say yes, and it’s a glorious thing when He does.
Maybe you're praying for one thing, but God wants to do something above and beyond that. God is at work. He knows what He’s doing. So wait on His timing.