Jesus wants us to heal. That commandment was not just for his immediate Disciples but for all that believe in Him. He made that plain to His followers after they returned and complained about finding one, who was not of their number, healing in Jesus’ name. In reality this should not be a great leap of faith because, if you believe that Jesus healed and that He lives, then all you are doing is calling on a power that you know is there.
Also, healing is not miraculous once the nature of this life is explained. The Original Sin was the desire to have a body. In the parable of the Old Testament, the “nakedness” that Adam perceived was the absence of what we now call the physical body. To put it another way, he wanted a vehicle with which to experience and to exercise a form of power over his world. Thus, because we all have chosen to be born, we have committed that original sin and can therefore be called the “children of Adam”. Once we take on this body, we take on everything that comes with its “life”. In human terms, this is rather like taking part in a game, where you can carry out a number of different moves but are constrained and bounded by the extent of the equipment surrounding you, and to a lesser extent, by the rules. People do enjoy this “game”. They want to keep on trying to win; that is experiencing more and more of the pleasures of this life but, of course, they also then have the pain of not succeeding and experiencing things that they would rather not have done. What is totally forgotten is that there is a greater reality beyond the game! Healing is a manifestation of this greater reality.
Beyond the temporary life of this body, with its temporary sense of individuality in human terms, we are actually one with God: part of a “whole”. The healing that Jesus commanded us to exercise can take place only when there is a willingness to see beyond the game of life and is only a reflection of the vehicle showing the wholeness of the Spirit, of which it is part. Looked at from the position of this life and this apparent reality, healing serves to confirm and strengthen the faith and knowledge of those that seek it. In fact, the truly important nature of healing is not in the curing of a bodily ailment but in the greater inspiration of a feeling of oneness with God, to put it another way, the feeling of God’s presence. Only this can secure a long-term “cure”.
Therefore, you will understand, that for the healing to take place there must be willingness, on the part of the person to be healed or someone else who loves them, to accept that there is something beyond this life that has a much greater power and reality. They then open themselves up to accept something that is already there. The Spirit of God can then heal them. The words used during such a healing, if words are used at all, do not matter. However, perhaps the easiest way for a Christian to proceed is by evoking the name of Jesus, as He suggested to us. Each one of us can act as the vehicle for such healing but we must always remember that it is not we, the human individual, who performs this act. Because the sin of the world is selfishness, which arises from the Original Sin, the peace that surpasses all understanding can only be reached when we are truly unselfish. Such peace is truly the greatest pleasure that we can know.