Jesus Heals the Sick
There are many stories in the Bible of when Jesus heals the sick.
In the faith article below I look at the story of when Jesus heals a man's absent son. I also give a list of some other examples of Jesus healing the sick.
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Heal My Disbelief
This is the story of healing in the Bible where a father asks for healing for his son.
“A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever
it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth,
gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out
the spirit, but they could not.”...
...“But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed,
“I do believe;
help me overcome my unbelief!””
(Mark 9:22-24, NIV Bible verses)
I found this example of faith healing so helpful and comforting.
By the time I came to study it, I had lived with severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) for many years.
I did not have a situation that allowed me to rest and have a chance to recover in the natural way of things.
I didn't know if I had enough faith for God to heal me.
The father does not have total faith that Jesus can heal his son. Yet still his son is healed.
The above is a simple prayer for healing that we can say to ask God to teach us how to believe for healing.
What does this story of healing in the bible teach us about how to allow Jesus to heal us?
What does the man do to allow Jesus to heal his son?
- He brings himself to where Jesus is. He makes the effort.
- He asks for help.
- He is motivated by love. He loves his son and wants his son
- He is willing to believe and asks God to help him believe.
Questions For Healing
Stop and answer the following:
- Will you ask Jesus to come to you?
- Will you ask Jesus for help?
- Do you love yourself enough to want to receive healing?
- Do you believe that healing would be good for you?
- Are you willing to believe that God or Jesus can heal you?
If you answered yes to these questions of faith, you may want to stop and say the following short prayer for healing:
Prayer for Healing And Faith
I am willing to have total faith that you can and will heal me.
I want to have total faith, I choose faith.
And so I say:
I have total faith that you can and will heal me.
Heal me of my unbelief.
Thank you Jesus.
This prayer for healing can also be said to raise your faith for healing for another person. I have just said this prayer for a friend.
Examples in the Bible of Jesus healing the sick
These other stories of Jesus healing the sick are discussed on this spirituality website:
Some other examples:
- Jesus restores the sight of the blind man Bartimaeus.
- The man who lives in the tomb experiences the casting out of demons.
- The boy's funeral where the mother has no one to care for her. Jesus brings the boy back from the dead.
Parents ask and Jesus heals a child:
- The daughter of the Syrophoenician woman. Just as the father asks for
healing for his son, so a mother asks for healing for her daughter and the
child receives distant healing.
- The daughter of Jairus. Jesus brings her back from the dead.
Mark 5:22 and Luke 8:50
A visitor to this spiritual website queried an occasion when I used the words self healing.
My intention through faith for healing, faith in God and mind discipline, is to create a space within which God can heal me - the healing is from God not from me.
However, as the stories of Jesus healing in the bible above demonstrate, we play an active part in our healing. It is our responsibility to open the door to the healing available from God, Jesus, the Universe, the All That Is.
In this sense we are
engaged in self-healing. I am happy to use both sets of language.
Relevant Spirituality Articles on this website
Move to a List of Healing Scriptures.
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