Does God Still Heal Today? A Good Prayer for Healing

For most of the first 40 years of my life, I had head knowledge about Biblical healing.  I knew the stories of Jesus healing people – healing leprosy, an issue of blood, and even blindness.

But I never stopped to wonder does God still heal today, not until I desperately needed healing for my own broken body.

September of 2017 was an exciting month for me; I landed my dream job after many months of unemployment. My former employer had closed suddenly.  A few weeks into my new job, I fell in the office, complete wipeout!  I jumped up, nervously laughed it off, and assumed the combo of high heels and new terrain was to blame.

But within days, my back started to hurt and a few days later I was dealing with severe back spasms.  Both my doctor and I assumed I was dealing with a herniated disc, so I was off to the specialist.

The specialist agreed a disc was the likely answer but ordered an MRI “to confirm.”  As the pain intensified with each day, I looked forward to the presumptive back surgery in my future!

Then the MRI results came in, just hours after I left the test center – the structure of my spine was fine but a “shadow” in my spinal cord meant this pain was not related to a herniated disc.  My orthopedist couldn’t tell me what was going on, only that it wasn’t a tumor and I needed to go straight to the ER. I was admitted for a full week on the neurology floor, and underwent tests, so many tests.

My wait for answers, much less healing, had just begun.  Does God still heal today?  What about when the doctors don’t even understand the illness?

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How to Wait on God 

Let’s be honest – waiting is HARD and learning how to wait on God is no exception. Waiting for the weekend is hard.  Waiting for a vacation is hard.

But waiting for healing as you wonder does God still heal today … I can’t speak for everyone but for me, it is the hardest thing I have experienced yet.  You see, waiting in illness shone a light on some of my worst tendencies.

-I like control and I had no control.

-I like knowing, and understanding exactly what is going on, and I knew nothing.

-I like taking action and I could only WAIT.

(For the Enneagram fans, you probably nailed it – I’m 100% Enneagram 6w5.)

Only one thing made the wait for healing bearable – God.  While I was waiting ON God, I was also waiting WITH God.  Knowing God was right by my side and would never leave me, was a constant crutch I leaned on for strength.

I turned to Him in prayer, as you probably imagine, but also became intimately acquainted with Romans 8:26:

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  NLT

I often couldn’t form the words to ask God for healing or for temporary relief from the constant excruciating pain. But God already has a plan when His people are hurting like this – the Holy Spirit has it handled, communicating our needs even without words.

I also cannot underestimate the value of the family and friends who walked through this with me, providing strength, kindness, and prayers.  Often, more than I like to admit, I was sure that the answer to “Does God still heal today?” was no, at least not me; in my darkness, I would stop asking.

But like the friends in Luke 5 lowering the paralyzed man through the roof to put him before Jesus for healing, my friends were bringing me before God and begging for God to heal me.  When I couldn’t believe in healing for myself, they believed for me that God still heals today.

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God Still Heals

Two months after leaving the hospital, I was medicated but still dealing with a lot of pain and numbness from my waist to my toes.  Oh yeah, and still no answers. Still wondering does God still heal today? Will He heal me?

Then I got in to see “the guy” for my problems and the news was bad, the worst news possible.  Not only did he diagnose me with a disease some describe as the “more mysterious, more aggressive cousin of MS,” but he wanted me on chemo FOREVER, with the hope, that I would not wake up one day paralyzed or blind from another attack.

Whew – my whole future and my future with my family was turned on its head in one meeting.


My doctor ordered another set of MRIs before starting the chemo.  While waiting for those, I continued down the same path – praying, raging, leaning on friends.  Then a very special Sunday came.

A friend was performing with the worship team that Sunday and, at the close of worship, prayed a specific prayer very atypical for our church.  It was a prayer for the healing of “infirmity.”

I learned later that she had been burdened with this prayer for days. She had no idea if it was for physical, emotional, or relational problems or for whom it was meant. Her burden lifted over the weekend, until that moment.

She leaned into the prompting of God and prayed big prayers and I KNEW it was for me.  I didn’t know what that meant or when it would happen but I felt something shift inside me.

Several days later I had my MRIs and the lesion in my spine – the one multiple neurologists told me would never heal, would always leave at least a scar – WAS GONE.

My neuro-specialist brought me in immediately, baffled by the results.  He kept showing me different views of my “sick” scans from the fall and my newly healed scans, saying things like “this shouldn’t happen” and “I can’t explain it!”

He went on to label me his “Wonder Woman” because he wondered what happened.

Well, I knew and told him – Jesus!  I had the answer to a question I didn’t even realize I was asking; God really does heal today!

What is a Good Prayer for Healing?

There is no right or wrong way to pray for healing. We can always cry out to our merciful God. But there is a good prayer for healing that has served me well over the years when I feel most burdened:

  • I start with thanks because even at my worst, I was surrounded by blessings like family and friends.
  • I ask God for forgiveness when I’m struggling to follow Him.
  • Then I ask for what I want/need, like physical healing.
  • Before closing, it’s time for the hardest part – surrender to His will, even if it is different than what I am asking to receive. Oh, how that surrendered part hurts sometimes!

A good prayer for healing might look like this:

“Lord, even as I struggle today, I’m so grateful for my children and my husband and the life we have together.  Thank you for them and all the other blessings in my life.  I know I struggle with my anger, snapping at them even though I love them.  Help me rise above, releasing that anger.

Also Lord, please, please heal my spine!  Take away this lesion they say won’t go away.  But if it is Your will that I stay in this condition, show me how to accept that and to serve you regardless.  In Your name, Amen.”

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Why Does God Heal Some and Not Others?

I witnessed the answer to does God still heal today, but sometimes He does not heal everyone.

Over the last 3 years, this has been a huge struggle for me at times.  Two of my dearest friends have not yet received their healing; one fighting a chronic debilitating disease and the other facing a terminal cancer diagnosis.

The experience of some not being healed is not just happening around us today – Paul tells us in 2 Cor 12 that he repeatedly begged for healing that never came.  Paul, who experienced other miracles, never received the miracle of healing this side of heaven.

Healed or unhealed, our purpose is the same regardless – to bring glory and honor to God.  Some of us get to do that by proclaiming healing, as examples of His power and that God still heals today.

Others get to honor God by proclaiming perseverance in faith, as examples of His comfort and sustaining power.  We are part of His bigger story both ways!

Likewise, healed or unhealed, God’s hope for us is the same regardless – to walk in relationship with Him, following the model set by Jesus.  Some of us get to do that, drawn to Him in awe of the powerful work done in our bodies that have been healed.

Others get to do that by leaning into Him continually in reliance because we can’t rely on unhealed bodies.  God is doing a powerful work in us both ways!

A friend who has walked her health journey, one that came without answers, recently blew my socks off with her take on unanswered prayers for healing.  She said, “Won’t God do it [celebrating partial healing], and if He CAN do it, shouldn’t we trust Him when he doesn’t?”

Man, that grabbed me!  Probably because it really got to the root of my biggest worries when I first got sick – TRUST.

Trusting my family would love me through it.

Trusting that my friends would walk with me through it.  And especially trusting that God is big enough that what feels monumental to me, feels utterly out of control for me, can still serve His purposes.

Please know that I’m not underestimating how discouraging it is to continue to walk in faith without healing.

While my spinal cord was completely healed, I still live with nerves damaged by my illness.  The rest of my life will almost certainly include pain and medications.

So while I did receive the healing that medical science said would never happen and believe that God still heals today, I’m still walking out a life of faith in perseverance, leaning on God and into His plan despite it.

Does God Still Heal Today?

Does God still heal today?  Yes, absolutely.  But does God heal all who ask?  Sadly no.  We are all God’s beloved children and His healing or lack of healing doesn’t change that. What we can ask ourselves is:

What is God teaching me in this experience?  And how can I bring glory to Him as I move through it?  As long as you stay focused on those questions, God is doing powerful and important work in you, whether you experience physical healing or not.

Would love to hear about your experience with God’s healing power in the comments!


Laura Thompson

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Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson is a wife of more than 2 decades, a mom of two teens (best stage yet!), and general counsel for a finance company, who couldn't do any of it very well without her family, her friends, and God. She lives outside of Charlotte, NC serves in her home church, and is on the board of directors for The Kilgoris Project, which operates preschools and primary schools in rural southwest Kenya.


  1. Emily on March 16, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Incredible teaching, Laura. I love the prayer and how you point to the glory to God that comes from healing and from waiting. Honored to know you and take in these words.

    • Laura Thompson on March 16, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you so much! God is always good and always working and I’m grateful you see that in my words.

  2. Dina Schroeder on March 16, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Thank you for sharing your story, Laura. It is encouraging to hear what God is still doing in these trying times.

    • Laura Thompson on March 16, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks, Dina! I’m glad that you are encouraged. Times sure are trying right now but God is so good, regardless.

  3. Dawn Ward on March 16, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    What a wonderful testimony of God’s mercy and grace to carry you in your suffering and ultimate healing. Thank you for sharing your journey back to health and the lessons you learned along the way.

    • Laura Thompson on March 19, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you, Dawn. I appreciate your kind words.

  4. Heidi on March 17, 2021 at 3:46 pm


    You and you’re family are deeply loved! I’m so glad to hear of your progress. I’ve experienced physical and emotional healing much like you’ve described, and can finally same I’m grateful for them all. May you continue to heal in all aspects. ?

    • Laura Thompson on March 19, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you, Heidi. I’m glad you are finding your way through your own challenges and seeing God move through them.

  5. Rebecca Jones on March 18, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Having studied healing for years and experiencing it, I know Isaiah 53 covers it all. Some people simply do not believe it, are not speaking His peace to their body, not entering His Sabbath rest, and many do not recognize it as a spirit like the infirmity. And so many are worn down and out, and He is merciful.

    • Laura Thompson on March 19, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      So glad you have had your own healing experience! And I’m so grateful He is always merciful too. Wishing you all the best.

  6. Anne Cannon on March 19, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Beautifully written Laura…thanks for sharing your story of your miraculous testimony of healing & journey with God along the way…surrender, trust & faith really touches my heart!
    May God’s glory & favor continue to shine upon you and your family.
    Love you my friend!

    • Laura Thompson on March 19, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you, sweet friend. And I appreciate your encouragement to put pen to paper so long ago. When we last spoke, I could not imagine finding the words but in His time, He led the way. All blessings to you as well!

  7. ~ linda on March 19, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Absolutely He heals today, but, as you say here, “Not always.” It seems like not very often in these times, yet are surely reasons for that too.
    A beautiful and powerful story.
    “The healing of “infirmity” is something I have not heard of before and will be doing some research myself, but am so grateful you shared with us.
    The best is I can praise Him with you (I have goosebumps!).
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • Laura Thompson on March 19, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      You are so right – it’s hard when we don’t see healing this side of heaven for so many. Thank goodness we all have something for which to give Him praise, even if the healing is slow or incomplete or even never comes. Thank you for joining in that praise!

  8. Andrea Nyberg on March 19, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    “While I was waiting ON God, I was also waiting WITH God.” SO powerful!

    God did not heal me from my anxiety a d depression, but He answered my prayers in ways I was least expecting: through therapy and medication.

    I fought to believe in God’s goodness through that debilitating season, but found Him to be faithful even through my anger, confusion and doubts.

    This article is so important! Thank you for sharing so thoughtfully and thoroughly.

    • Laura Thompson on March 23, 2021 at 8:39 am

      Andrea, I’m so glad that this spoke to you. And your experience is so true – often the answer to our prayer for healing comes through less supernatural ways, like your therapy and medication. I too am relieved of many issues through medication and that too comes from God, who leads us to the right professionals and leads the right professionals to have clarity in how to assist us and before all that leads scientists to find the right options so they are available when we need it. GOOD IS SO GOOD AND FAITHFUL!

  9. Jeanne Takenaka on March 23, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Laura, this is such a powerful post. I so appreciate your wisdom about praying for healing, and waiting in the unknowns. Your friend’s words really struck me: Even though God can heal us, and sometimes chooses not to, He is still God and still loves us. That really resonated with me. And this:

    “So while I did receive the healing that medical science said would never happen and believe that God still heals today, I’m still walking out a life of faith in perseverance, leaning on God and into His plan despite it.”

    There’s so much good truth in your post!
    **I would like to invite you to share it in the Tell His Story linkup at my site. I think your words would really bless the readers over there.

    • Laura Thompson on March 23, 2021 at 8:43 am

      Jeanne, thank you for your kind words and for the invitation. I’m so glad that my friend’s words resonated with you. I’ll be honest, they hit my straight to the gut, bringing me back to them time and time again. Such truth summarized so well – God is powerful enough to do it and wise enough to decide when it will serve His kingdom.

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    If you would align your prayer with what God says in His word about healing and believing what He says, you will be healed. You should not ask for healing if you think it may not be Gods will to heal you. Would you your dr. to heal you and then tell him if he doesn’t it’s ok whatever his will? Please do not take this as putting you down,

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