Healing the Sick- Whose faith makes it work??

For divine healing to work, it must take faith. But the million dollar question is… whose faith?? Is it the one praying, or is it the one receiving the prayer? This discussion has led to many debates and arguments in the various Christian circles. Some Christian circles preach that if the person receiving the prayer does not believe, then it simply will not work. This is often seen as the preacher laying hands on someone, nothing happens, and then the preacher accuses the one in the prayer line as “not having enough faith”. This is a sad twisting of scripture.

Did Jesus always require those he prayed for to have faith? Did Lazarus have great faith, when he was laying there dead in the tomb? Did the lame man in Acts 3 have great faith when Peter took him by the hand and commanded him to walk?

The great preacher John Wesley, also known as the horseback preacher, is said to have traveled over 250,000 miles via horseback. One day his horse, named Hank, coudn’t go a step further and collapsed. Hank was finished. John Wesley then prayed for his horse, and the horse was revived, and he could continue on preaching the gospel. Did Hank the Horse have great faith??

As I said earlier, for healing to work, faith must be present. So it can be the one praying who is supplying the faith, the one receiving having faith, or in the best case scenario, both parties having faith. Most of the healing that I do, is as a sign and a wonder. So the people I come across have absolutely zero faith. Healing is a sign, so that they may believe the truth of the gospel. In this case, the one praying must supply the faith. Healing is probably the greatest evangelistic tool that we have been equipped with. I don’t even ask if they are a Christian or if they believe it will work. It doesn’t matter, because I have faith it will work.

The scriptures to back this up are Mark 16:15-18, in which Jesus says , “These signs shall follow them that believe… they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover”. This verse does not say anything about the recepient having any faith at all. In fact, if they had faith, they wouldn’t need a sign, they could just receive their own healing by faith. In Luke 9, Jesus sends out his followers to cast out demands and heal all manners of sickness and disease. (Also in Matthew 10). And his followers did heal all manners of sickness and disease, everywhere they went. The 1st century church did the same thing, healed everywhere they went. This is the primary reason the gospel spread so quickly. Even sinners today know that Jesus was primarily known for love, miracles and healing. Shouldn’t his followers today be known for the same thing?

So what if the person laying hands does not have faith , but the one receiving has faith? Will it work? Yes. In 1971 a documentary called Marjoe was released about a fraud preacher who would go around on the revival circuit and conduct healing crusades. Marjoe was a boy preacher in the 1950s who would copy what his parents and preachers would say, and memorize sermons. As he became older, he realized he didn’t believe any of what he was being forced to say. In the documentary, he was still doing healing crusades even though he didn’t believe any of the Word and even made fun of people who did. Behind the scenes he would make jokes and laugh at the people attending the church services. But here was the amazing thing: the people still got healed. The people attending these meetings had so much faith, they actually received healing. So even though the preacher had no faith, the healing still flowed, because the recipients had faith.

I would definitely not like to be that guy on judgement day. “Lord, did we not prophesy and cast out demons in your name?” “Depart from Me, I never knew you”. (But that’s a whole different subject)

The point that I want to get across is that it is really not about ‘who’ has faith, or who has ‘great faith’. The healing and miracle working power of God is all about the Word of God. The Word is anointed. Healings, signs, and wonders, follow the Word.

Believers shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. By His stripes we were healed. You did not come up with this, I did not come up with this, this is the Word. It is already fully anointed, so when you believe it, and act on it… it will work!

Troy Anthony Smith is a Pastor, author, and founder of Demonstrate It, an organization that believes in healings, signs, and wonders. Mr. Smith currently resides in Los Angeles,CA, where he can be found at the grocery stores, malls, and street corners, laying hands on the sick, casting out demons, and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God

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