Persistent prayer to manifest your healing is absolutely acting within God’s will for you. Jesus built his ministry on healing for good reason. As God told the Hebrew children leaving Egypt on the way to the promised land, “I am your health.” (literal translation of Exodus 15:26). Jesus told us repeatedly that “He only did what he saw the Father do.” (see John 5:19). God wants us well or Jesus would have been in rebellion and we who are believers know better than that as the entire canon of Scripture illustrates.
Jesus taught in parables for several reasonsl, but, as the great scientist/theologian Henry Drummond pointed out, these parables used very natural things to illustrate very spiritual truths. In other words, if it’s true in heaven then it is true on earth. We may think we see conflicts when we let circumstances shake us, but circumstantial facts and truth aren’t the same thing as is much discussed in Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock It Out of Your Life. God’s heavenly principles never conflict with his intended earthly principles–His kingdom on earth as in heaven. In the book, we also discuss aligning our intent with God’s intent which is absolutely empowering for healing.
One particular parable of Jesus helps us significantly to persist aggressively for healing–the “widow and the unjust judge”. It’s about persistent prayer.
Luke 18:1-8 (ASV)
1 And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 saying, There was in a city a judge, who feared not God, and regarded not man:
3 and there was a widow in that city; and she came oft unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest she wear me out by her continual coming.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over them?
8 I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
In this parable, the judge is NOT like God. God is just in every way. And we know we have an adversary as did the widow. Ours is the enemy of our souls as Peter warned us:
1 Peter 5:8 (ASV)
8 Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,
This adversary was stripped of power by our Lord through His crucifixion and resurrection, but he kicks up a lot of dust and steals our authority and power when we let him control our words and thoughts (another discussion in Slam the Door on Cancer.
I’ve shared the above to explain aggressive prayer that lines our intent up with God’s intent . Too often prayer “for healing” is pleading with God to heal us or a loved one. But, in the parable of the persistent widow, Jesus unlocks a secret to more effective prayer that works within God’s heavenly principles. God wants us healthy and He wants the enemy silenced in our lives, but He must move in our behalf according to His own laws or principles. Jesus was teaching us to pray as though we are in “the courts of heaven”.
The persistent widow realized she needed a legal verdict to silence her adversary. Like this widow, when we pray for healing we are seeking to remove the enemy’s legal right to harass us with sickness. Jesus has gone before us and given us the precedent we need to win our case through his body, his blood, and his soul poured out unto death once and for all–indeed we are “righteous” because of his righteousness as we see in Romans 3:22 (ASV)
22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ unto all them that believe; for there is no distinction; Jesus is our advocate in the courts of heaven before the judge (God). It’s wonderful that the judge is our loving Father who wants to “find for our case” and Jesus has made Him able to legally do that. Unlike the evil judge in the parable of the persistent widow, God moves quickly when we “Psalm 100:4 (ASV) 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: Give thanks unto him, and bless his name.” . Then, we align our intent with God’s by confessing without argument that the enemy has a case and we do not deny it. We forgive any and all whom we’ve allowed to offend us and we repent for any thoughts and words that have give the enemy legal right to accuse and attack us. Review how Jesus prayed to raise Lazarus from the dead. He praised God that He had heard him and then commanded Lazarus to come forth.
We plead the blood of our Lord that has made us “the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus”. As John writes: 1 John 2:1 (ASV) 1 My little children, these things write I unto you that ye may not sin. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. We are all sinners and the enemy of our souls wants to keep us conscious of that fact so he can make us worry and feel guilty and fear and erode our faith. But we can shut this enemy up–we have the power to do that in our prayer of repentance, pleading our case through Jesus’s blood and righteousness, and praising the Lord for the perpetual power of Jesus’s resurrection. Our recognition of who we are “in Christ” along with our praise and thanksgiving removes any legal blocks to our Father God–our just judge “finding for our case” and releasing the messengers of heaven to move powerfully in our lives.
If you want to learn more about “Operating in the Courts of Heaven”, I recommend a book by Robert Henderson with that title. It provides considerable Biblical evidence that we need to view our prayers as establishing the legality for the verdict we need. We may need to persist in this prayer reminding God of His many promises in Scripture that illustrate His intent for our healing.
Here is a video by Dr. Robert Henderson teaching on strengthening our prayer by learning to operate Biblically “in the courts of heaven”.
I personally found it powerful to pray for insight, discernment and perception of how to proceed specifically for my healing to manifest. I urge you to persist in prayer and contend “violently” for you healing. It’s absolutely “legal” and God wants to “find for your case” because He loves you madly. And our Lord and advocate does as well–He certainly demonstrated that love and paid our debt.