One criticism with many who speak about Christians healing the sick is that they often don’t share about the non-healings. We don’t want to give the impression that everyone is healed, all the time when in fact they are not.
Today I walked into a shop and began speaking with one of the Indian Hindu employees. I asked if he had neck/shoulder pain because I was sensing something. He did not (which also shows that words of knowledge aren’t always right!) but he said he had lower and middle back problems. I asked him to put his hand on the affected area and I prayed a quick prayer in Jesus’ Name releasing healing. After the first prayer, he told me it was about 50% better. He was intrigued. I asked him to put his hand on his back again, prayed another healing prayer and with a big smile on his face told me that he was pain free and that all movement had returned. He told me that his back problem had been constant for 2-3 years and he told me it was gone. I was able to communicate to him that is was Jesus Christ who had healed him out of His great love for him. It was at that time he told me he was Hindu (from his name I already suspected it).
5 minutes later I found myself in another shop and one of the Egyptian Muslim employees limped out of the store for a short break. I asked one of his colleagues what happened to him, and he told me that he had broken his ankle two months ago falling off a ladder. When he returned, I asked him if I could pray for him in Arabic (literally “read over him” which is a way of describing healing prayer that Muslims understand). He agreed, sat down and I had him put his own hand on his ankle while I prayed for him in Arabic. After prayer, I had him get up and walk around a bit and he told me there was no improvement. I told him briefly about a gifted Coptic priest who also prayed for the sick that I had learned a lot from. I told him to check him out on the internet. He said he would. But he wasn’t healed.
This is often the kind of thing that we’ll see when we offer to pray for the sick in public places. One is healed, one isn’t. The why/why not questions never get answered. I always ask them anyway. I have some ideas.
One thing I do know is that one more person was healed today in Jesus’ Name than if I hadn’t prayed for the two men.