...They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:18)
Does this scripture in Mark say that all people who are prayed for will instantly get well? No. It says that they shall recover.
As a Baptist minister, before I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit or ever spoke with tongues, I prayed for a woman in the hospital who was scheduled to have major surgery. The doctors said they didn't know whether or not she would make it.
I remember that as I was walking into the hospital, the Lord seemed to say to my spirit, "They'll lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. Just give her that verse and tell her she will recover."
This woman had not been taught about healing. She had just heard that I prayed for the sick. So she wanted me to come and pray for her. I simply read the verse of Scripture to her from my New Testament. Then I let her read it.
Then I said, "I'm going to lay hands on you and pray, and you will recover."
The doctors operated on her and said afterward, "We operate on people like this all the time. We've never seen anybody come out of it like she did."
Now nature could have healed her up quickly enough, but there was something working here beyond nature.
She said to me afterward, "Why, I knew all the time that I would recover, because that verse says, 'You shall recover.' When the doctors said, 'You might not make it,' I just kept telling them, 'Oh, yes, I am going to recover.'"
And she did.
Confession: I am going to recover because Mark 16:18 says, "...They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa , OK , USA. www.rhema.org )