Have you ever noticed that Jesus constantly varied His techniques when He touched people miraculously and healed them? On one occasion He would touch a person, and on another occasion a person would touch Him. On another occasion He would speak a word and someone would be healed. One of my favorite demonstrations of healing power is when a man who was blind came to Jesus for healing. Jesus spit on the ground, made mud from the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.
Jesus and the apostles varied their approach and techniques in healing so that people would not focus on the techniques but instead focus on God.
The focus never was on the miracles; the focus was Jesus. The focus was the proclamation of the Word of God. In the process of doing that, they would pray for people, who were then healed. They would see miracles performed by the hand of God. Even demons would be cast out of people. But that is never what they were concentrating their energies on. No one was ever described as having a healing ministry per se.
God can and does heal, and I believe we should ask Him for healing when we are sick. I believe in healing, but I also believe that God chooses when and where and whom He will heal. He heals when He wants to heal. It’s something that is entirely up to Him.
If God works in a certain way, there is something in our nature that makes us want to gravitate toward it. God varied His method so that people would not put their attention on these things but on Him. It is not healing that we need; it is the Healer Himself.