Jesus Does Heal, But What Can We Gain While We Are Praying for Healing?

“Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.'” (Luke 8:48)

Like many others dealing with chronic illness, I am particularly fond of Luke’s account of Jesus’ life. As a physician, Luke took a special interest in chronicling Jesus’ interactions with the sick–both in how He showed compassion and in how He healed.

Many of us are familiar with the story in which Jesus is among a crushing crowd of people, and a woman who has been living with an untreatable chronic illness for twelve years has enough faith to know that merely touching her Savior’s cloak will bring her healing. She is healed by her faith.

I don’t know about you, but I have prayed for the healing of my physical body. Others have gathered around me and prayed for my disease to end. And yet, I still live with it.

When this happens to you, do you question if you have enough faith? Do you wonder why God is saying no? In this, I take great comfort in Luke 8:48, for I know that despite the illness that continues to take its toll on my physical body, there are three lessons in this verse that apply to me.

1. I am a child of God. Jesus calls the woman who touches him for healing “daughter.” I am forever in His care and forever on His heart.

2. Faith will heal me. In the case of the woman in the crowd, her faith brought physical healing. But even when God allows me to continue living with my disease, I know that ultimately, my faith in Jesus has spiritually healed an otherwise irreconcilable relationship between my sinful self and my Creator.

There will be no pain, no physical ailments in heaven–and the very reason that I will be able to one day embrace my Savior is because my faith has healed me and allowed me to enter into His presence.

3. Knowing these two things, I can go in peace. When I remember that I am a child of God and that the healing has already taken place, I am able to live in thankfulness.

Prayer: Dear God, when I ask for physical healing that doesn’t immediately come, remind me to have faith that I am a daughter of a King and that Your gift of healing is not only for my body, but also for my soul. I pray that You would help me live a life of peace and be an encouragement to those who need to know of the faith that heals.

About the Author:
Jessica Jondle lives with a rare, genetic disease called cystinosis. She works as a junior high school teacher in California, where she lives with her husband. Her book on the paradoxes of life with genetic disease is available at

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How have you seen healing in your life? If you have not, how do you come to terms with the fact that you may have enough faith, but still are not healed?

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6 thoughts on “Jesus Does Heal, But What Can We Gain While We Are Praying for Healing?

  1. The comment I’d like to make on today’s devotion by Jessica Jondle, is I have have been anointed with oil at least 3-4 times for healing, and yet to this day, no physical healing. Some preacher’s even had the audacity to tell me I didn’t have enough faith and that is why I wasn’t healed. I cried for days and felt guilty about my lack of faith. I thought you only had to have faith the size of a mustard seed. Which I knew I did, and I love the Lord. Finally the Lord answered the prayers I had about why He never healed me, and He told me that healing is more than physical, it is also in my soul and my heart. I felt relieved, and encouraged to hear Him say that to me. I was able to encourage others with the answer from My Lord. My soul was light after that, and I felt better about not being physically healed. Even though I still live with my FM/CFS, depression, sleep apnea, chronic autoimmune thyroiditis, chronic anemia, and anxiety, lack of friends, I do know that the Lord loves me, and He cares about my soul, and I will be totally healed when I am with Him in Heaven. Praise the Lord, He has made my soul light, and He loves me as His daughter. Anyone out there who feels like their faith is not strong enough to be healed, remember, you are healed by the blood of Christ from sins, and will have a new body when you are with Him in Heaven. Sylvia Proffitt from Arlington, WA

  2. What a great devotional, and so timely for me.

    I too, have experience what the poster, Sylvia, related about praying for healing, being annointed with oil by the elders of the church, etc., and then either not being healed or being partially or temporarily healed. Then to add insult to injury being told that it was because I didn’t believe enough or that I had some hidden sin in my life. 😦 I knew neither or these things was true.

    I am so happy to say that God has healed me of this false teaching and the guilt and condemnation that come along with it! He has shown me that my light and momentary sufferings on this earth are bringing me eternal rewards, and the way in which I deal with it while I am here brings glory to Him (when my attitude is right, that is!).

    It is so hard to keep this in mind when I attend a church service where others will want to pray for me, or the pastor says that “so-and-so was healed of X illness and is now dancing the cha-cha every night at women’s bible study”. LOL. Just yesterday in church, the pastor said that a woman had been healed of rheumatoid arthritis after 18 years of asking for healing. I immediately felt condemned and angry at God, because I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 35 years and have not received my healing. But God instantly came in and changed my attitude. I may not have a complete healing, but I am very well-controlled with my meds, which are a gift and a healing from God in an of itself, and I am able to do quite a lot physcially compared to some people who suffer with RA. Even if I were not, just His loving, gentle touch on my life would be healing enough.

    We must remember that our healing will not always come in this life, at least not the way we want it, but our true hope is in Heaven!

  3. It took me a long time to realize that having a chronic illness is “my story” and now I am ok with that. I still ask God for help, for strength. But now I focus on showing people that I can mentor or that can mentor me in times of need.

  4. The peace Jesus gives me is so much greater than any disability I face. He shows me miracles daily and I see his working all around me. he heals our anger, fear and disappointment. He fills my life with peace and contentment. He is indeed the friend who never leaves and always understands. Praise Jesus!!!!

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