The Lord never told us to pray for the sick in the sense that we ask Him to heal them. He told us to heal the sick. There is a big difference between the two. It has to do with operating in the authority He has already given us. Look at these commands the Lord gave His disciples: “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick” (Luke 9:1-2). “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matt. 10:1). “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:7-8). Jesus told us to heal the sick, not pray for the sick. What a radical statement!
A person can be born again without abiding…
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
This is a promise of favor and protection to those who dwell in the secret place of the most High (see my note at Psalms 91:14). This is for those who DWELL there, not visit there. This is talking about ABIDING in Christ (John 15:4). This is speaking of those who make the Lord their habitation (Psalms 91:9). *A person can be born again without abiding in Christ.*
Abiding in Christ gives us entrance into the protection of the Almighty. The Hebrew word that was translated “shadow” here is “TSEL,” and it was translated “defense” once in Numbers 14:9 and twice in Ecclesiastes 7:12. Those continuously trusting in the Lord will have Him come to their defense.
God is love (1 John 4:8), so to abide in God means we have to abide in love (1 John 4:16). Those who haven’t heard the good news of God’s unconditional love and grace through Jesus can’t abide in love, and the wrath of the Old Testament Law will keep them from receiving God’s love and blessings.
The Hebrew word “CETHER,” which was translated “secret place” in this verse, was also translated “secret place” in Psalms 18:11. Psalms 27:5 speaks of being hidden in the “secret” (CETHER) of His tabernacle. And Psalms 31:20 says the Lord will hide us in the “secret” (CETHER) of His presence.