Reasons To Keep Asking Jesus to Heal

It’s easy to get discouraged when you keep asking Jesus to heal you or someone you care about and no visible answers come.  But here are some reasons to keep praying:

  • Because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb13.8). When people brought their children or friends to Jesus for healing, he always cured them.  Jesus hasn’t changed.  When we pray for family members and friends, Jesus is right there, as much as if he were visible.
  • Because Jesus told us to keep asking, seeking and knocking (MT 7.7).  He wouldn’t have told us to do this had he not intended to answer our prayers.  God doesn’t give us futile exercises to do.
  • Because God instructs us to make our requests known to him with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving (PHP 4.6).  Again, he would not have told us to make requests if he didn’t intend to answer.
  • Because Jesus is full of sympathy, compassion, kindness, mercy, tenderness, power and graciousness.
  • Because healing people glorifies Jesus and results in thanksgiving to him.
  • Because Jesus loves to bless his children.
  • Because Jesus takes no delight in our suffering.
  • Because he has made many promises to help, rescue and deliver, e.g. “Light dawns in the darkness for the upright” (PS 112.4), and “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (PS 34.19)

I don’t have answers for why some aren’t healed, but God never lies, and I know that he is completely good, wise, and loving.  So keep asking Jesus to heal.  Keep seeking and knocking.

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  • Will

    Thank you for this post. It is very encouraging to still see hope and faith in Jesus Christ as someone who wants to heal, rather than someone who uses sickness to teach us a lesson.

    Thank you.

  • Mark Altrogge

    Hey Will,

    Thanks for your comment. I definitely do believe Jesus desires to heal and still does heal. I’m not exactly sure what you mean by using sickness “to teach us a lesson” – I don’t believe Jesus is ever capricious or afflicts us because he’s ticked off at us, but he does at times use affliction to produce fruit in our lives like patience, endurance, and trust. Again, thanks for commenting!

  • Tes

    Thank You for this post. Today has been a high level pain day for me. I am very grateful for this encoragement.

  • Mark Altrogge


    I am so sorry to hear about your pain. I prayed for you this morning (Tues), and will pray for you daily this week.

  • Wendy

    This was very encouraging. I have some physical problems that I have had for many years, and over time it becomes easier just to “deal with it” rather than to hope in healing. It is helpful to be reminded that no matter how long it has been, God is still capable of healing. Thank you for encouraging me to keep praying for myself and for my friends with health problems.

  • Mark Altrogge


    My mom had rheumatoid arthritis for 16 years and God suddenly healed her. It was miraculous, though her arthritis specialist would only say she’d gone into remission. He did say that it was very unusual for a woman her age to suddenly go into remission….so don’t stop praying for yourself and others. All Jesus need do is say the word and you will be healed.

    I will pray for you every day this week.

  • D

    Mark, I find the story of your mom amazing. I am a believer myself and have been praying for healing. I am 31 years old and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis two years ago. I would like to know more about the process of healing.

  • Mark Altrogge

    Hi D,

    I’m so sad to hear that you have rheumatoid arthritis. I can’t tell you that I know much about the process of healing, but I know that Jesus still answers prayers for healing. My mom took medicine, went swimming regularly, prayed, read her Bible, and trusted the Lord. Don’t give up hope and don’t quit asking the Lord to heal you. Also, have you asked your pastor(s) to anoint you with oil and pray for you (James 5)?