And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” – Mark 2:5
Jesus healed a paralytic man who was brought to him by four men. Those four men were so determined to get the paralytic man to Jesus that they removed the roof to get to him. Were they his close friends? Relatives? Believers?Perhaps childhood friends who couldn’t bear to see him wasting away? The important thing is that they got him to Jesus, to his healing, even when there was no more room because of the crowd.
‘When Jesus saw their faith’. Was ‘their faith’ that of the four men or did it include that of the paralytic man himself? What happens if you’re praying for someone who has faith? What happens if you’re praying for someone who has no faith?
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” – Luke 7:9
The faith spoken of here is of a centurion (a Roman military commander ) who requested healing for his sick servant. There are many other examples of people having faith in Jesus to heal someone else. Sometimes the healing was for a child ( such as Jairus’ daughter in Mark 5:23) and sometimes for another adult (such as Simon’s mother in law in Luke 4:38-39). Jesus healed them all. Did the recipients all have faith?
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. – John 11:21. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” – John 11:22
If the recipient always needed faith to be healed, how about the story of Lazarus? He was sick, his sisters sent for Jesus. He died, his sisters went to Jesus. He was raised from the dead by Jesus.
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. – James 5:15
Let’s keep praying for the sick. Let’s keep praying for one another. God is still answering prayers today, just like he did in the bible.