“I prayed for someone and they didn’t get healed…did I do something wrong?”-Anonymous
I’ve been asked this question a lot, and while there are many reasons to why someone might not get healed, I want to mainly address our motives in praying for someone in the first place. When many believers begin to exercise and walk out the spiritual gifts, they often encounter the seeming problem of “the miracle didn’t happen”. What is wrong with this perspective?
Why Do We Pray…Actually?
First, I think this is extremely important. When hoping to exercise a spiritual gift, we must consider our motivations for doing so. How often have we gotten demotivated from praying because we didn’t see the miracles or results we had hoped to see? Something I have learned is that when I pray, I don’t go in with the primary desire to see a miracle, as good as that is to see. I pray for the same reason why I don’t eat pork anymore, why I honor my parents, and keep the Sabbath. None of those things I do “for the blessing I can get” at the top of my mind – I do them simply out of obedience and love for God. I do these things because God told me to. It’s the same for prayer! We should pray simply because God told us to, regardless what happens. Yet, it has become easy to judge our prayers and the prayers of others based on the results we can see immediately with our eyes.
While miracles are amazing to see, the real reason we pray for others is because God told us to!
Let me ask you this, would you stop honoring your parents, helping the poor, or keeping the sabbath today if the immediate visible blessings stopped in your life? Hopefully not! The reason we keep any of God’s instructions is simply because He told us to, so whether there is immediate blessing or not, we can continue to obey because we’re chasing after God’s heart, not “results/blessings”.
Stop Chasing Results!
I say this as having fallen into this myself! I have “chased after results” and been depressed or filled with doubts when I didn’t see the result I had hoped for. This is why it is so important that we shift our perspective and consider our motives. If they are in the right place (to just be obedient), then it takes off the “burden” of “needing” to see someone healed. Instead, it should simply be: “I laid my hands on a sick person like Yeshua instructed, and I was obedient”. End of story. Now what happens thereafter is not your burden to carry. You just do your part and trust God with the rest.
“I laid my hands on a sick person like Yeshua instructed, and I was obedient.” End of Story. You do your part and trust God with the rest.
We know God can and DOES miracles, and we certainly want to see and take part in this! God is the One who heals and brings freedom, and our role is being His hands and feet, taking His presence with us wherever we go. Our example is Yeshua, to walk as He walked in boldness, love, and power, as ambassadors of our King and as Temples of the Holy Spirit and Truth. We must rest in the authority of the Holy Spirit given to us and God’s will in every situation, so that regardless of result or blessing, we pray and obey “Because He told us to”.