Why didn’t God answer my prayer for my mother’s healing? I prayed and prayed and prayed…some people say it’s because she didn’t have enough faith – Is that true?


It is good to realize that God does not heal all who call on Him, or who are prayed for by others. “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34), but He heals some and not others with a divine selectivity which reflects His own eternal wisdom and divine will.  “His ways are higher than our ways” (Isaiah 55:8). This divine selectivity may be seen in the example of Paul who prayed long for the removal of an affliction (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). God didn’t heal Paul.  He provided grace and strength – not that Paul might endure, but that he might learn the joy and glory of utter dependence!  God is trying to teach His own that in all instances we must learn that “the excellency of the power [is] of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). The glorious will and ways of God came into focus in Paul’s life when he learned “for when I am weak, then am I strong (Corinthians 12:10).

None of this, however, should discourage us from praying in faith for healing.  God may answer our prayers in ways that will amaze us.

“Lord Jesus, I want to pray that you would touch —– body with your healing power.  Take the pain away.  Give — back — normal health and strength so that  — is able once again to go about daily activities without pain and discomfort.  To You we give all praise and glory. AMEN!”

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