A question I have been asked 100's of times:
When you pray for someone to be healed and they aren't, what next? It can be Emotionally and Spiritually "challenging" for you and the person you're praying for.
Here are some possible reasons for this complex issue:
The Complexity of Healing First, we must understand that Divine Healing is complex and needs help comprehending it. In the New Testament, Jesus heals people for various reasons—sometimes as a sign of His divinity, other times as a result of someone's Faith, and sometimes to fulfill a Divine purpose that only becomes clear later. However, not everyone is healed, even in the Bible, and the reasons are not always given.
No Simple Answers It's tempting to want a straightforward answer (I sure did)—Did the person lack Faith, or did the person praying lack Faith? However, these simple explanations can often be damaging and aren't always supported Biblically. For example, Paul's "thorn in the flesh" (2 Corinthians 12:7-9) was never removed, despite his Faith and closeness to God.
The Question of "Blame" The notion of "Blame" implies wrongdoing or failure, which is not the most helpful way to think about unanswered prayers for Healing. Sometimes, the reasons prayers aren't answered the way we hope are mysterious and related to God's larger plan that we cannot fully understand. It's a problematic theological pill, especially when dealing with something as emotional as Health or Sickness.
Implications for Ministry In my calling as a Minister and Counselor, the absence of Healing can become a Pastoral Care issue. It's crucial to extend compassion, maintain Hope, and deepen the individuals' understanding, helping them see that the absence of Healing does not invalidate God's love and their Faith. Sometimes, the biggest miracles in these situations are internal rather than external—emotional peace, spiritual growth, etc.
Continuing in Faith Stepping out in Faith to pray for Healing is an act of Obedience and Love. The outcome is not entirely in our hands. The crucial thing is to remain Faithful, regardless of the result, and to help those you minister to do the same.
In summary, while it's natural to question and seek answers, the absence of Healing doesn't necessarily lie as "blame" on any party. It may be a mystery, a part of a bigger picture, or an area for Spiritual growth for everyone involved.
I hope this provides some guidance on this sensitive and complex topic. Feel free to ask for more elaboration or additional questions you may have.
Note: The Bible doesn't give a one-size-fits-all answer to why some are Healed and others are not. As a result, it's crucial to approach this issue with a great deal of humility, compassion, and theological nuance.