Why doesn’t God answer all prayers for healing? Does His seeming silence call His goodness or existence into question? Sean McDowell briefly (2 and 1/2 minutes) addresses these sensitive, yet vital, questions.
God is good and in a good mood. This is great answer to a troubling question.
Here is good news. Jesus heals the sick. Jesus does it all the time. Jesus is in the healing business. Nothing is impossible with God.
Many people desire miracles from God. They want God to perform miracles to “prove” Himself to them. “If only God would perform a miracle, sign, or wonder, then I would believe!”
This idea, though, is contradicted by Scripture. When God performed amazing and powerful miracles for the Israelites, did that cause them to obey Him? No, the Israelites constantly disobeyed and rebelled against God even though they saw all the miracles. The same people who saw God part the Red Sea later doubted whether God was able to conquer the inhabitants of the Promised Land.
This truth is explained in Luke 16:19-31. In the story, a man in hell asks Abraham to send Lazarus back from the dead to warn his brothers.
Abraham informed the man, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31).
Jesus heals. The timing is always His. The method is always His. My job is to pray, fast and believe.
- Matthew 4:24 — 24 The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.
- Matthew 8:13 — 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment.
- Matthew 8:15 — 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him.
- Matthew 9:22 — 22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.
- Matthew 9:29–30 — 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!”
- Matthew 12:13 — 13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other.
- Mark 7:35 — 35 And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.
- Luke 17:14 — 14 When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed.
- John 4:52–53 — 52 So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. Then they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives”; and he himself believed and his whole household.
- John 5:8–9 — 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. Now it was the Sabbath on that day.
John 9:6–7 — 6 When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.