As we see in Mark 10:35-45, the disciples arguing amongst themselves over their own positions. James and John missed the point of what Jesus was about.
What a contrast this is to Bartimaeus, whose story is told in Mark 10:46-52. We see him showsing humility, faith, and persistence. He can’t physically see Jesus, but understands who he is better than the disciples. He must have heard of Jesus’ reputation as a healer, and seized the opportunity to approach him. He called him “Son of David;” which a Messianic title. Of course, we know that the Messiah would be a descendant of King David. This title is also used in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Jesus accepted Bartimaeus’s affirmation of him as the Messiah. He was not the military figure the crowd was expecting.
Jesus healed Bartimaeus, and immediately he followed Jesus. He could now see him physically as well as spiritually. On the way to Jerusalem for the Passover, as we all know, Jesus will later encounter religious leaders whose blindness to Jesus contrasts to the faith of Bartimaeus. He believed in him before he could see him, but the religious leaders did neither.
To my mind, all of this raises the issue of healing. It’s interesting to note that in faith, Bartimaeus asked Jesus for healing, and he received it, and went on following Jesus afterwards. What do we say in our day and age? Christians with long-term health problems and other afflictions might spend years praying or having others pray for their deliverance or healing, and not receive it. What do we say to them? Often the response to this question from other Christians is less than helpful. It's easy to understand why ill Christians can often go through crises of faith.
We also high profile evangelists, who shall not be named here, who travel the world running healing crusades. Their critics assert that they give people false hope. Rather than looking to Jesus, hope for healing is based on putting trust in the evangelist or donating money to their organisation. They claim that God will heal by a trickle down effect, often saying words to the effect of, "Believe for a miracle in your life. Make an offering to my ministry, and you will be healed."
I don’t have much time for people like that. If you know anything about some of my life experiences, or read my testimony, you’d understand why.
As I read through the Gospels and the remainder of the New Testament, I see that God can and does heal, but when He does, it’s for His glory alone, and not for the person doing the healing to take all the glory for themselves.
I’m not saying I don’t believe in healing. I’ve seen it, but haven’t experienced it personally (yet). In my time, I’ve prayed for healing for people, and have been prayed for myself, but haven’t been healed. I’ve been to healing services at my church where I’ve had hands laid on me and been anointed with oil, with no result. The last time such a service was held, I didn’t go forward for prayer. This either indicates unbelief or lack of faith on my part, or an acceptance that perhaps it's not in God's will for me to be healed. This will of course have implications in limiting possibilities for areas of ministry and service.
If God doesn’t heal you, He will give you the grace and strength to carry on, and to serve Him as you are able. They’re just my views, and might not be much consolation to others, but they're the best answer I have at this point in time. If you think differently, than I’m open to correction.