For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.(John 5:4)
There is a difference between God initiating healing and you initiating healing. In John chapter 5, the Bible tells us that there was a pool called Bethesda in Jerusalem. And around this pool were five porches full of the weak, sick, and maimed.
They were all waiting for an angel to come down periodically and trouble the water. And then the first person in would be healed. Everyone else had to wait until the angel came down again.
God initiated that on His own. He didn't ask you or me whether He could or not. He didn't ask the Sanhedrin or anybody else whether He could or not, because He is God.
God can do whatever He wants to do, and we know that whatever He does will not violate His Word, because if He violated His Word, He would be a liar - just as you would be a liar if you violated your word. But we know that God cannot lie (Num. 23:19).
Well, of course, healing doesn't violate God's Word, because the Word teaches us that He is a healing God. Sometimes I think that God just did things such as troubling the waters every so often to let people know that He was still alive and doing well.
I don't know for certain, because the Bible doesn't say, but I think God was trying to get the people to start believing what He had already told them.
God does initiate some things on His own, such as in the example of His sending an angel down to that pool. The healing at the pool of Bethesda was a healing initiated by God. Man didn't ask Him to do it; He just did it.
Confession Some healings are initiated by God, but I can receive healing anytime through faith in God's Word. I can stand on the Word of God and receive my healing.
(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa , OK , USA. www.rhema.org )