In this time in history, doctors, nurses, medical schemes, hospitals and clinics supply care and help for those who are suffering from illnesses. Therefore people are no longer desperate for God to heal them. So the question about divine healing is: must an ill person still call out to Jesus as his only hope, or must he rely on doctors and passively trust that God will heal in His own time if He desires to?
Looking at people whom Jesus healed in the Gospel of Matthew, we find the following:
- The centurion asked for healing for his servant (8:5-13).
- Peter's mother-in-law was suffering from fever and He healed her. In Mark 1:30 it says that the disciples told Jesus about her, and in Luke 4:38 they asked Jesus to help her.
- In the case of the demon possessed Gadarenes (8:28-33) Jesus was challenged by the demons and He demonstrated the superior power of God.
- A paralytic was brought to Him. We can imagine that the man himself was desperate to get to Jesus but couldn't walk (9:1-7).
- Jairus begged Jesus to go with him to heal his daughter (9:18-26).
- The woman who had been subject to bleeding took the initiative to touch His cloak (9:20-22).
- The two blind men cried out for mercy to be healed (9:27-31).
- The dumb demon possessed man was brought to Jesus (9:32-33).
- Jesus healed the man with the shriveled hand on the Sabbath in the face of opposition from the Pharisees (12:9-13).
- A demon possessed man who was blind and dumb was brought to Him (12:22).
- The Canaanite woman cried out to the Lord for her daughter (15:22-28).
- A father asked for help for his demon possessed boy (17:14-18).
We see in these passages in Matthew that people who were healed often 'begged,' 'cried out,' or 'asked' Jesus for help. They depended on Him for healing, and if they were incapable of coming to Jesus, they were brought by family or friends. At other times Jesus was challenged by Pharisees or demons and He merely showed His divine ability to help and heal even if opposed.
If God would heal people left, right and centre even if they don't want Him to, would that not mean that He is obliged to heal everyone? God is not a God of favorites, and nobody will ever be able to complain that he was treated unfairly. God will never impose His will or benefits on people. The general picture in Matthew is that people came to Jesus in desperation. He was their only hope and He did not disappoint them.