Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that your healing might be more dependent upon the faith of another than it is on your own personal faith?
Four examples from Scripture …
Consider the faith of the centurion as recounted in Matthew 8:5-13. On behalf of one of his servants, a Roman centurion met with Jesus asking that his servant might be healed. As a result of his great faith, Jesus healed the servant in that very moment.
How would you like your healing to be dependent on the faith of your boss?
Or how about the account in Luke 7:1-10 which is very similar to the one above yet has distinct differences. In this account, the Roman centurion did not see himself worthy of having Jesus come into his home, so he sent Jewish elders to Jesus to make his request for the healing of his servant. As a result of his great faith, Jesus healed this centurion’s servant as well.
How would you like your healing to be dependent on the faith of a team of church elders and your boss?
My next example is from Mark 2:1-12. You know the story … the four friends carry their paralytic friend to see Jesus and be healed yet there is no room in the house and no way in … or so it seems. Until the four friends decide to raise the roof … from the outside and then lower their friend down to Jesus … while Scripture does not speak of their faith in this matter, it would seem to me that their actions demanded a great deal of faith and an expectant belief. As you know, Jesus forgave the paralytic of his sins and then healed his physical body.
How would you like your healing to be dependent on the faith of your friends and their ability to work through obstacles on your behalf?
My final example is the account of Jairus and his daughter as recorded in Mark 5:21-24,35-43. As you may recall, Jairus was a leader of the local synagogue whose daughter is dying. He ask Jesus to come to his house and lay his hands upon her and heal her. Yet before they reach his home, the daughter dies … even so Jesus said, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ And at His command, the girl arises.
How would you like your healing to dependent on the faith of a family member when your situation is seemingly beyond all hope?
Don’t misunderstand this post … I am not suggesting … nor personally intending … to place a lower value on one’s personal faith regarding one’s own healing. But it is probably safe to say that Lone Ranger faith, in many instances, is an incomplete faith …
Paul taught the following …
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (ESV)
And Jesus taught …
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19 (ESV)
It would seem to me that the faith of the individual, while extremely critical, pales in comparison to the power of the faith of the united body of Christ. And prayer can be and often is a mighty testimony to such a faith.
Answering the questions above … my bosses, both past and present, are indeed praying for me; a number of church elders locally and nationwide are praying for me, many friends are praying for me and many family members are praying for me. So I fully realize and am extremely thankful that my healing is dependent upon the faith of others.
Thank you Lord!