Devotionals by Pastor Rick McDaniel



If God wants to heal us and He does, then why would someone not be healed? On at least four separate occasions the Bible tells us Jesus healed everyone that was sick - every single person was made well. But there were times everyone did not get healed by Jesus.

If you are sick or have an illness you want to be healed. You pray and ask God to heal you but you don’t get healed. What is it that can keep you from being healed? Here are ten possibilities.

Lack of Biblical Faith

This is a slippery slope that can end with someone believing it is their fault they are not healed. Much like the people who asked Jesus if the reason someone was sick was because it was their fault. Even a little faith is pleasing to God. But no faith hinders healing. In Mark 6:5-6 it says, “Jesus could not work any miracles there, except to heal a few sick people…He was surprised that the people did not have any faith.” Biblical faith produces certainty, conviction and action all needed for God to heal.

Feel Undeserving of Healing

Someone can feel they are not worthy of being healed. They think their request is simply not important in all that God has to do. They believe they are not deserving of such a miracle. No one can earn healing it is God’s gift just like the rest of his grace toward us. But you can put yourself in position to be healed.

Refusal to see Medicine as a Way God Heals

Prayer for healing and medical care should be pursued with equal vigor. To think there is only one way of healing is to limit what God can do. God may use another avenue for your healing. Medicine can be the course God has for you to travel in your healing.

Erroneous Theology

Some people cannot be healed because they believe God’s healing ministry has ceased to function. They are Cessationists. They believe we are in another dispensation where miraculous healings no longer occur. It’s hard to be healed when your theology does not allow for divine healing anymore.

Sin Is a Hindrance

Sin can cause sickness. I Corinthians 11:29-30 tells us, “Those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick.” We are to repent of our sins during the celebration of communion (and other times as well) so we can be forgiven and receive the healing God has for us.

Prayers are Incorrect

Our prayers may not be specific enough for us to be healed. Jesus always encourages specific prayers. We may pray for physical healing when the real need is for emotional healing. Our prayers may be too surface and not get down to the root issue that needs to be healed.

Neglect of Natural Means of Health

God has designed us to function optimally with the appropriate amount of sleep. Our bodies are made for physical exercise and healthy eating. When we neglect our bodies we limit the healing God can give us.

Accommodation of Sickness

Some accept their sickness as a way of life. They give up hope for healing. Like the man who had been crippled for thirty-eight years they have accommodated themselves to their lot in life. Jesus initiated the healing of this man and commanded him to take action. When he did he was instantly healed and could walk.

Root Issues Bar Healing

Your healing can be blocked by unforgiveness. Mark 11:25 says, “When you stand up to pray you must forgive what others have done to you.” Anger can lead to bitterness taking root in your life and hinder the healing work God wants to do.

Belief that Sickness is Required by God

Some respond to sickness by believing God uses it to teach them a lesson or to share in the sufferings of Christ. While this may be true it can convince them God requires them to be sick and thus they do not seek out or believe God for a healing. There are powerful lessons to be learned in battling sickness and pursuing healing.

If you need to be healed make sure you are doing whatever you can so Jesus can do what only he can.


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Pastor Rick McDaniel gives a relevant and Biblical perspective on various life topics ranging from relationships to business, from marriages to health. Rick is known for presenting messages that have practical points which can be applied in everyday life. His inspirational style has motivated thousands of people to live more impacting lives.

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Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia.  The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including a masters degree from Boston College and an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of five books including his latest "5 Habits of Happy People." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents. Through his writing and speaking he has become an evangelical voice to the culture on faith matters.

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