Grace For Healing
God wants you well
does god heal unbelievers?

Does God heal unbelievers or is this a privilege for Christians?

Perhaps you’re believing for a friend’s healing but you have doubts because he’s not a Christian as yet.

I hope this post will encourage you in your faith as you stand in the gap for your friend.

Naaman was captain of the army of the king of Syria. He worshipped a different God, representing the world of unbeliever’s, yet God healed him. 

Does this mean that God will still heal unbelievers today?

 Of course Christians didn’t exist prior to the Cross, so you could argue that no-one Jesus healed was a believer. 

However, we know that God’s people at the time were the Jewish community. Even so, Jesus still healed the Gentiles as well as the Jews. 

 

DOES GOD HEAL UNBELIEVERS?

 

The Syrophoenician woman who needed healing for her daughter was a Gentile. (Matt 15) , as was the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant. (Matt 8).

(Jesus) went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil

Acts 10:38

Jesus healed all. There is no mention that this is only referring to Jews. All means all. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever, then He does still heal unbelievers today

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.

Matthew 10:8

This is our commission: to heal the sick. Nowhere does it say here that we’re to heal the believer’s only.  This suggests that God expects unbeliever’s to receive healings too.

When the disciples tried to cast out the demon from the young boy with epilepsy, they could not. Jesus rebuked them because they had “so little faith” casting no blame on the boy or his father. 

Again suggesting that it is the believer’s faith in question, not necessarily the person being prayed for. 

When Jesus healed the 10 lepers, the one who returned to thank him wasn’t a jew but a Samaritan.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan

Luke 17 15-16

FAITH

 

Without faith it is impossible to please God and whenever God heals, faith is always present. But it doesn’t have to be the faith of the one who is unwell. It can also be the faith of those praying. 

The reason we’re asked to lay hands on those we pray for, is because the power of the Holy Spirit within us is then transferred into the person who needs healing. 

they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.

Mark 16:18

Again, this verse makes no suggestion that we’re only to lay hands on believer’s. So strictly speaking, that person doesn’t need to have faith in God. 

However, the person needs to be willing. 

I have a friend who isn’t a Christian and when she needed healing for her child she asked me to pray. I also involved a group of Christian friends and her daughter was completely healed. Praise God!

My friend didn’t have faith but she was open and willing for us to pray for her. She submitted herself to the power of God; she cooperated with what God wanted to do. 

If my friend had thought ‘this is ridiculous, what a waste of time’, then I believe her thoughts and beliefs would have stopped the healing. 

The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and so will never force his healing on anyone who doesn’t want it. In Nazareth, Jesus only did a few miracles because of their lack of honour. 

Andrew Wommack uses the example of a car in neutral without the handbrake on. It’s easy to push. However if the car has the brakes on, it’s unlikely anyone will be able to push it. 

Likewise, my friend was ‘in neutral’ so we were able to pray for her and she received. 

“Sometimes unbeliever’s have less unbelief than some Christians…I’ve prayed for many unbeliever’s to be healed and I get more results with them than some Christians who have been messed up by religion.” A. Wommack

 

HEALING IS A MYSTERY

 

I don’t know if you have ever been to a healing conference or to a church service dedicated to prayer for healing. 

I have been to plenty. 

I’m sure we all know people who had a strong faith, yet never received their healing and we don’t know why. 

Yet others do receive and sometimes it really is those you least expect. Healing is always to do with Jesus and what He has provided for us. See IS IT ALWAYS GOD’S WILL TO HEAL?

Jesus died for the whole world John 3:16. This includes those from other faith traditions and those who have no faith at all. 

He wants you well even if you are not a Christian. 

Can you imagine what life would be like, if all Christians let go of the theology that healing is only for believers. There is no evidence in the Bible for this.

 If God only healed those who believe in Him, this would not attract people to Him. He is a good God.

I hope this encourages you to pray for those in your world today, despite their beliefs.

Have a great day

Lorna x

Have you read the first part in this series on Naaman?

LESSONS FROM THE HEALING OF NAAMAN (PART 1)

FEEL ASHAMED OF ILLNESS? YOU’RE IN GOOD COMPANY (PART 3)

 

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