Everywhere Jesus went he functioned as a healer. Forty-one distinct instances of physical and mental healing are recorded in the four Gospels, but this by no means represents the total. Many of the references summarize the healing of large numbers of people. The accounts described in detail are simply the more dramatic instances of the healing ministry of Jesus. Toward the end of his account of the life and ministry of the Savior, John writes:
Many other signs therefore, Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book: but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written. (John 20:30-31; 21:25)
Nearly one-fifth of the Gospel accounts is devoted to Jesus' healing ministry and the discussion occasioned by it. Out of 3,779 verses in the four Gospels, 727 relate specifically to the healing of physical and mental illness and the resurrection of the dead. Except for a discussion of miracles in general, the attention devoted to the healing ministry of Jesus is far greater than that devoted to any one kind of experience. It is startling to compare the emphasis on physical and mental healing with the scant attention given to moral healing.
1) What, if anything stops you from praying for your non-Christian friends who are unwell?
2) Do you think non-Christians people in your world would be open to you praying for them? Why? Why not?
3) Jesus placed such a emphasis on healing as seen above. Why do you think so?
4) Some Christians honestly believe that Jesus is not healing today! What would be your response to this?
5) Jesus was moved by compassion when he prayed for people. How can we as believers be also truly moved by compassion? What would this look like?
Extract from Wimber, J., Power Evangelism: Signs and Wonders and Church Growth Part 1,Conference Notes n.d. pp. 20 - 27 and 36 - 61. Section 2