When it comes to healing in general, I find myself not too well versed in either ministering for healing or receiving healing. So I feel for my friends who run from spiritual conferences to healing revivals in the hopes that some person of incredible ministry involving healing may pray for their loved ones who are slowly dying without any hope of surviving unless a miracle happens. The hope is real, the placement of the hope might have been misplaced.
So how does it work with Peter’s shadow? Is that any different or what is the difference?
First of all, people are healed at these events and people were healed when Peter’s shadow fell on them. Jesus healed by direct word, sometimes with no contact at all, and sometimes with the use of another physical material like His garment or mud. All that seemed to be needed was faith from the one who had need and a person from which supernatural power of the Holy Spirit resided and then from time to time a physical representation like Peter’s shadow or Paul’s handkerchief and aprons. Today, I believe we use oil as James instructs us along with the prayer of faith.
The difference expressed here in Acts was that Peter’s shadow was an expression of the Kingdom of God breaking into their world. They knew they were surrounded by the glory of God and they hoped to be touched by the power of God, to be changed by it, saved by it and healed by it. That faith gave witness to the fact that they were all cured.
Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured. – Acts 5:14-16