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Praying for Healing of Birth Defects
One of our readers raised the question of praying for healing of birth defects. She had been praying for healing from a birth defect and was challenged by someone who said that she was in error by doing so. He believed that God made her the way she was, and, therefore, she should accept herself as she was and should not believe to be restored and made perfectly healthy. The reader was feeling doubt about continuing to believe for healing, and she asked my opinion about it.
There are some believers who think that God is responsible for birth defects, and, therefore, people with birth defects should accept the view that God made them that way and thus should not pray for healing.
I hold a different view because I do not believe it is God’s will for people to be born with health problems of any kind. To find out what God’s will is, I look at the things Jesus did, the things Jesus taught His disciples to do, the way things are in heaven, and the way God created people to be in the Garden of Eden.
I don’t think it is wrong for someone born with a birth defect to have corrective surgery or treatment of any physical, mental, or developmental issues — or to pray for supernatural healing. I don’t believe that doing any of those things is an attempt to circumvent God’s will.
1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” A key phrase is “according to his will.” We have to know what God’s will is in order to have confidence and faith in our prayers. By searching the Scriptures and by seeking the Lord in prayer, we have to settle in our hearts and minds that it is the will of God for each one of us to be well and healthy.
Jesus was the perfect representation of the Father because the Word is clear that Jesus always did the will of the Father. I look at the repeated references throughout the Gospels that Jesus healed ALL who came to Him for healing. Surely some of them had birth defects, yet nowhere does the Word say that Jesus refused to heal them because it would be contrary to the will of God to do so.
I look at the story in John 9 where Jesus healed the man who was born blind. I look at the story in Acts 3 where the Lord (through the hands of Peter) heals the man who was lame from birth. I look at the story in Acts 14:8-10 where the Lord (through the hands of Paul) heals a man who was crippled from birth.
I believe that we live in a fallen world. God’s perfect plan that He created in the Garden of Eden — a place with no disease, defects, or death — was derailed by Adam and Eve’s willful disobedience. People had no hope for restoration of God’s original intent until Jesus took our pains, sicknesses, infirmities, and sins on Himself. He defeated the devil and handed us keys to the kingdom that He expected us to use.
It is interesting that in non-western nations, new believers have little problem in receiving healing for every kind of physical and mental problem, including birth defects. They accept very quickly what the Word says that the atonement of the Cross includes. But sadly, in the United States and other western nations, we see very little of these healings.
Very few parents-to-be are taught how to speak the Word over their unborn baby and to bind all attacks of the enemy against birth defects or problems. I have heard testimonies of prospective moms and dads who received bad news from obstetricians, who learned how to take their Luke 10:19 authority, and who later watched a perfectly healthy baby be born, much to the stunned surprise of the doctor.
I believe that Jesus took every sin, every sickness, every defect, every pain on Himself at the Cross. I believe that I can pray for healing of every single thing that causes me pain or discomfort. I believe in Mark 6:56 which says that “as many as touched him were made whole.” It doesn’t say as many as touched Him were made whole – except for the ones with birth defects. Therefore, I believe that I can reach out in faith to touch the healing flow from Jesus and expect to receive healing for any birth defect or any sickness or disease that may have attacked me after my birth.
Each one of us must seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and ask for His counsel to show us God’s perfect will for us. God is a good God, and He is a loving heavenly Father. He loves each one of us dearly and tenderly. And in these last days before the Lord returns, He has much for us to do. Let us all purpose in our hearts to complete the assignments that He gives us.
Before I close, I want to share a video of a testimony given to Andrew Wommack of a baby who received a restorative miracle of a completely new heart from the Lord. It is the story of Jamie and Tom Scott and their baby daughter Jamie Scott. In their case, their infant daughter was healed of her birth defects, but please know this: you are never too old to be healed. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So, as you watch this video, may your faith increase.