My son’s unbelief won’t affect my “ability to stand in the gap to for him. We see this in the gospels when friends, bosses, and parents cried out to Jesus for someone else’s healing, He healed them all and fully – partial healing is not God’s will.” ~ paraphrased excerpt from my book, Autism is Not God’s Will for Your Child (Nor You!)
God uses a faith connection to His Word to heal the sick, but it doesn’t have to come from the sick person who needs healing. He or she can be in total unbelief and still be healed if the person praying for him or her believes God’s Word from the heart.
We NEVER blame the sick person saying that they weren’t healed because they didn’t have enough faith, etc. Often a person who is sick is under such demonic mind torment, possibly pain, etc. that it’s very hard for them to even muster the strength to pray, confess the Word, etc. They may want to be healed but find all they can do is wish for death. All understandable. That’s why we are called the family of God. We aren’t meant to do it alone.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the ELDERS of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.~ James 5:14-15
It says, “prayers of FAITH,” can be prayed by elders who are mature in Christ and who have had their minds renewed by the Word of God with Spirit revelatory understanding that when they pray prayers of FAITH, God WILL heal and raise up the sick in Jesus’ name because He already paid for healing from sickness on His body for all.
Sadly many “elders” in the church are not truly qualified according to God’s standards to pray prayers of faith for the sick that they WILL be healed. Instead, they’ve been appointed as elders by man’s standards (usually the biggest donors).
Also, when the Word says He could do no mighty miracles because of their unbelief, it’s that they rejected Him in His entirety. Would not even consider going to Him for healing. Rejected Him as Savior and the Son of God. One can do this too by not even considering going to God for healing E.g. normalizing works of the devil in one’s body – sickness – as from God.
Often people want to be healed, they go for prayer for healing, know people who have been healed by prayers of faith, but have total unbelief for their own healing, maybe believe it’s something that happens for others and not them, or are confused whether it is even God’s will to heal them because of lots of bad doctrine.
God of course wants ALL His children to mature to the place where when we pray for the sick in His name, He will save them and raise them up, but if a parent finds they are not there yet, they can ask “elders” in Christ to pray for their child as they continue to renew their minds with the Word of God.
I have listened to my son countless times say that he’s never going to get better, never going to stop doing such and such or that God is not going to help him. I just ignore it and keep praying because I am absolutely convinced that “what He has promised that He is able to perform,” (Romans 4:21) and have watched my son getting better, have watched him stop doing the very things he said he’d never be able to stop. I have been so blessed to hear him acknowledge several times that he’s not like he used to be, etc.
My beloved son doesn’t always credit God for his progress. He’s not really even walking with the Lord now either. Doesn’t matter. The Word is STILL true. The prayer of FAITH will save the sick and the Lord WILL raise him up.
But at the same time, he knows I am fervently praying for him and he sees me on the phone with other prayer warriors praying for him and our children often. So deep down, though he won’t always admit it, he knows. He knows it’s Jesus!
Also, I only pray prayers of agreement with others who truly believe His Word for healing paid in full for all by Jesus. I do not pray with just anyone. I’m very careful with whom I pray with.
God is merciful and has made a way for us to pray for one another that we be healed!