I opened the Bible to one of my favorite verses: “Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us”1—a promise of past, present, and future healing. Also I noted the preceding verse, which I had never pondered before: “We should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.”2
Then it came to me that this woman’s healing had very little to do with me or the others who were praying. Our only part in the matter was to bring it to God’s attention. It was God who was going to do the work, and we could have no confidence in our own power or abilities. No matter how we feel about ourselves, it is God who heals the sick and raises the dead.
I called my husband over, and we read from the Bible together. Then the girl’s mother and father came into the room and we all prayed for her. With all sincerity and faith in God, we told her, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk”3—and she did! She rose from that bed. For eight years she had never been out of that bed, but she got up and walked—proof that no one is beyond God’s power to heal.
Bible promises of healing
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.—Psalm 103:2–3
I am the Lord who heals you.—Exodus 15:26
“I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,” says the Lord.—Jeremiah 30:17
Jesus Christ heals you.—Acts 9:34
The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.—James 5:15
Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.—James 5:16
1. 2 Corinthians 1:10
2. 2 Corinthians 1:9
3. Acts 3:6