WHY WE BELIEVE & CONTEND FOR HEALING:
There are hundreds of healing promises in the Scripture. Exodus 15:26, Psalm 103:2-5, Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, James 5:14-16 are among the most specific to God's desire to physically heal. Roughly 1/4 of Jesus' ministry involved healing the physically sick, and He taught that we ought to believe and DO as He did (John 14:12). He commanded believers to "heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, and cleanse the lepers" (Matt 10:7-8). Before ascending, He said, "these signs shall follow those who believe...they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17-18).
We see this confirmed throughout the book of Acts. Some healings occurred as the disciples went out. Others occurred as the believers came in. On at least two occasions, entire cities were healed at the hands of the disciples in Jesus' name (Acts 5, Acts 8).