and (b) in the New Testament when Ananias was sent to Saul, much against his will, to heal one whom he regarded as an enemy, as Elisha did Naaman (Acts 9:12-17). And Peter had in his hand the healing of the cripple whom Jesus must have passed by hundreds of times without healing him! "Such as I have, give I thee," he said (Acts 3:6).
In modern times too there are many instances of these gifts in the ministries of God's people. In my own church in Clerkenwell in a small prayer meeting of sisters, after the leader had spoken to encourage faith, one of the sisters rose from her knees and said to another "Here is your healing" as she laid hands upon her. This sister was due to have a very serious operation on her eyes in a short time, but having been told by a leading Evangelist that Pentecost was of the devil, had become unable to receive the gift of her healing through doubt and perplexity, and was asking the Lord to cause her again to speak in tongues if it was from Him. A few days after, when hands were laid upon her, she spoke again in a flood of tongues, and received this "gift of healing", which has lasted for years.
Like any other gift, these gifts have not only to be given, but also received! Hezekiah after being told by God that he was to die was unable to receive Isaiah's "gift of a healing" until his faith had been raised by the wonderful miracle of 2 Kings 20:8-11. Naaman had a similar difficulty in receiving Elisha's gift (2 Kings 5:10-14). Saul had been warned by the Lord that a man called Ananias was coming with his healing (Acts 9:12), and Ananias left his house with Saul's healing in