It is God's desire that we are whole in body and spirit. John wished it:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2
Refusal to be made whole. Often, we seek only healing or deliverance. God wants to deal with the whole man and heal body, soul, and spirit. It is not enough to desire physical healing on;y.
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 3 John 5-6
Some people do not want to be healed. They enjoy the sympathy, pity, and attention they receive from being sick. Some receive medical benefits through pensions or legal settlements and they do not want to lose them. Others have a great desire to go be with the Lord and do not want to be healed. Some people use their sickness as an excuse to avoid work and manipulate others.
Ö NOT ASKING SPECIFICALLY:
- He encouraged perseverance. (Luke 11:1-13)
- He teaches the importance of persisting in prayer in the parables of the inopportune friend. (Luke 5-8)
- and the widow and the judge (Luke l-8).