How can we possibly know his thoughts about these things unless we draw close to him, and how do we draw close to him? Let me use an example from the old Testament in the book of Ruth. In this story, Ruth represents us, Boaz the hero represents Jesus, and Naomi Ruth‘s mother in law represents the Holy Spirit. In chapter 3, we have Naomi advising Ruth to go and ask Boaz to take care of her. She says to wash herself, anoint herself and put on her best clothes and basically throw herself at his feet. We can do all these four things because of what Christ has done at the cross for us. We can know we are washed clean from our sins, we can receive the Holy Spirit’s anointing , we can be confident in the robe of righteousness that makes us worthy to come to the throne of grace and acknowledge our need. When Ruth tells Naomi that she has put her case to Boaz, Naomi says you can leave it now he’ll take care of it, and he did! To be honest it goes against the grain to admit our need of him, but this is how people received their healing from Jesus.
Look at the man in John 5:1-9 at the pool of Bethesda. Jesus says to him do you want to be made well? And he says I can’t do it - and nobody else helps me. So Jesus heals him. Jairus comes to Jesus in Mark 5: 22-24 and says my little daughter is dying, You must come and lay your hands on her, so Jesus did. The leper says to Jesus in Mark 1:40, if you are willing you can make me clean. So Jesus said “I am willing” and he healed him. In Mark 9, a desperate father brings his demon-possessed son to Jesus. Let’s look at this in a bit more detail: Jesus has taken Peter James and John up the mountain and he is transfigured before them. On the way down there is a great commotion because the other nine disciples have not been able to cast the demon out of this boy. And how desperately aware we are as Christians of that terrible sense of failure and sadness when we pray for people and they appear to not be healed. So this father is saying, “I can’t do anything and nor can your disciples”. Jesus basically says to him “If you can believe, all things are possible.” How excruciating for this man to be told he needs more faith, and haven’t we all been slapped about by that thought. So the man says, “I do believe but I can’t really believe for this.” And isn’t that how we are? We do believe, we have faith for all sorts of things but maybe In this particular health challenge we are finding it hard to believe. Jesus met him right there and healed the boy. Though I am firmly convinced that faith is a huge factor in healing, when we throw ourselves on Jesus and say, “do you know Lord I’m not sure I can even believe for this although my roots are deeply grounded in the framework of truth that you are the healer”…give more scriptures. And this is the time to take your roots deeper, when the tree is in dry ground it digs deeper for water etc.
(It’s worth noting here that we can only believe through Grace. In Acts 18:27 it talks about “those who had believed through Grace”. Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, the beginning and the end of our faith as it were. We know that in Ephesians 2:8 it says that by Grace we have been saved through faith and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.