First, we have to believe that God wants the person healed. Stop and think about it. James said if you doubt you are a double minded man, and you will receive nothing from God. That means you are giving God a mixed message when you pray like, “Oh, God, heal my friend, if it’s your will.” God would not have given us a command to lay hands on the sick for healing if he did not want us to. And Jesus did not take our infirmities on his body by his stripes if he did not want us to receive the healing that he gave us.
Imagine for a minute (I’m not sure I gave this example in earlier blogs, but if I did, it’s worth repeating), one of those movies where some alien being with super powers of healing places his hands on someone who has died of a deadly wound. Suddenly there is some glowing light on the person’s chest, and the wound begins to close up, the blood dissapears and the glow moves up the “alien’s” arms to his body. Now he drops over on the ground, his body has the wound. But then, slowly the blood dissapears and the wound closes up and he is exhausted, but alive.
Now, in the movies, the alien can usually only do this a few times because it ages him, or something like that. He becomes the hero that saves the day.
But that is a similar picture of what Christ did for us by his stripes. He took our infirmities and by his stripes, transferred them to his body. So, back to the alien. It is ridiculous to think it was not the alien’s will to heal the guy once he put his hands on him and began the transfer. And it is just as unlikely that Jesus took our sicknesses by his stripes if it was not his will to heal.
If you notice, there is nowhere in that verse that says, “if you are saved, if you are without sin, if you work hard”. It simply says that he did it for us.
So, first, we have to believe that it is God’s will to heal us, always. This is also evidenced in the fact that Jesus didn’t give qualifications when he healed the multitudes. Nowhere in Scriputre do we find him asking people if they believed he was from God, or if they were sinners, or if they had faith.
There are a couple places that he said, “after” he healed them, “your faith has made you whole.” But you can bet that not everyone that was healed was healed because of their faith. They were healed because he was who he said and he was demonstrating to the world that fact.
Next, we need to command the sickness to leave the body and then command the body to be healed, or made whole.
(I’m not done with this conversation, but I have to take a break. When I get back we are going to look at a few Scriptures that tell us to command the sickness to leave, and that command us to lay hands on the sick, and the one that tells us to call for the elders to lay hands on the sick.)
But first, most of us know about the verses where Jesus tells the disciples that they can remove a mountain with faith as small as a mustard seed. And most of us are not really sure what to equate that with. I mean, what are we praying about or asking for? And, we look at that verse and focus on the amount of faith it takes, but not on the mountain we are praying about.
Two things: first, Jesus defined what the object of the prayer is in the most familiar account in Matthew 21, where he had withered the fig tree by saying, “ And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” So basically, anything that you pray about, or in this example, “command” to come to pass is the oject of the faith.
 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Second, in the other example — Oh, did you realize there are two times that Jesus used the analogy of moving a mountain? The other account in Matthew 17, was in reference to casting out a demon. Here it is:
 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
I think it is something we should really consider because he said it twice, that we know of, twice that it was recorded, and not about the same incident. Once was in connection to altering nature; the fig tree. The other was in casting out a demon. But in both places he indicated that nothing you believe in your heart for, and voice out loud with your words, is impossible for you to have. So we have power over the elements of nature, as well as demons, and sickness. Once the demon was cast out, the boy was healed, “cured from that very hour”.
Ok, just one more Scripture in James 5, to think about.
 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Again we see the prayer of “faith”.