There is this usual misconception in Christianity today about the right pattern and practice of getting prayers answered claimed as to be practiced by each denomination. Everyone is claiming they have the answer, they claim they have the key, some even claim there is no other way except theirs. There is a diversion from the fundamentals of daily Christian living to what I call “Church slavery”. People are instilled with so much fear today, that they can’t even afford to miss the simple sharing of the grace in the church. They are told that even coming late to church, they have missed their blessing; some are told that missing weekly church services means missing heaven. I attended a church once (and never again), last year on the 30th of December, where the pastor said that anybody that didn’t come for their crossover service would be miserable. Can you just imagine??? I can go on and on about these misconceptions, but that would be a matter for another time. Yet, it is pertinent to note that all these misconceptions are against the simple principle of our daily living by faith and I will show you simply by a few healing scenarios in the life of Jesus.
It’s All about Your Faith
I don’t want to assume that everybody that would come across this article knows what faith is, so I’ll briefly define faith according to Hebrews 11:1, it says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It’s that straightforward, there’s no further interpretation needed. Hebrews 11:6 gives us the summary of the whole significance of faith, it says,
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
The whole of Hebrews 11 goes ahead to give us the acts of faith of the children of God of old. Their simple acts of believing and obedience to God’s word were counted as great acts of faith for us to learn from. The whole essence of the church is for brethren to gather together and carry each other along in this Christian race, exhorting one another, helping one another, and also rebuking one another in love when wrong is done. It is not to enslave people into believing what you believe.
In Matthew 8:2-3, we see the simple healing of a leper, it says,
“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
Don’t forget that the temple was still in operation and there were still high priests as at that time. The leper worshipped him, signifying a recognition of his power and majesty, and said, “if thou wilt, thou canst” The leper recognized that Jesus had the power and humbled himself before the lord. In essence, what he was saying is, “Lord, I know you can heal me, but I am not worthy, but if you will have compassion on me, I will be healed”. We then see a response of compassion from the lord saying, “I will” and he was immediately cleansed. What Jesus simply indicated there is he acted according to the simple faith of that leper.
Also, in that same Matthew 8, we see a greater act of faith by the centurion in verses 8-11. The centurion came to Jesus to heal his servant, Jesus told him he was coming and the centurion told him he didn’t need to come, that all he needed to do was speak the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus acknowledged that he had not found any such acts of faith in Israel as at that time. Jesus was astonished, he was marveled, and all he said was “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” Of course, the servant was healed in that same hour. Again, we see an approach directly to Jesus, a recognition of his power and an acknowledgment of the recognition of the corresponding faith by Jesus which was the basis of the answer.
The Woman with the Issue of Blood
Lastly, the woman with the issue of blood is one perfect example and proof for us to follow. In Matthew 9:20-22, we see this marvelous act of faith, it says,
“And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.”
Mark 5:25-34 also gives us more insight into the case above by specifying that she had spent all her money on doctors in a bid to solving her problem, but it rather got worse. What makes this case highly significant is the fact the she didn’t even say a word, all her conversions were within, and she acted upon that little faith of hers and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. The account in Mark 5 says that Jesus knew that virtue had left him immediately she touched the hem (edge) of his garment. This means that Jesus didn’t feel her touch, he felt her faith. This is because there’s no way he could have felt that, she only touch the hem, also, he was crowded by the multitude. Here, we even see a greater recognition of the lord’s power and might to the point of a single touch.
The Correlation of the Three
In the three scenarios sited above, you would see a graduation of faith, you would see more astonishment on the part of Christ and you would see a more speedy response and answer. The leper first asked for permission based on Jesus’ power, the centurion asked, but practically told Jesus how to do his job by telling him there was no need to come, and the menstruous woman did not even exchanging any pleasantries at all. In fact, she didn’t even ask, she just took.
The Common Mistakes
In today’s world, we are operating at a higher level of anointing and also a higher level of demonic activities, so there are a lot of forces contending with our faith. The common mistake we make is what I call, “The Now Syndrome” We want it now! Once we don’t get it now, God has not answered our prayers. Once we don’t see immediate results, we immediately conclude that our prayers have or will not be answered. We then start attributing it to our sins or our lack of availability and seriousness in church, and this is where the devil then turns people into hypocrites and slaves. This is where people now think it is by going to church and going for each and every church activity, and attending each and every prayer meeting. The fact that nothing happens immediately, or it takes a little time to manifest doesn’t mean your prayer hasn’t been answered, or nothing has happened in the spiritual, as in the case of Jesus and the fig tree (Mark 11:14-21).
Faith should completely be linked to the word of God and the power of His word and nothing else. The pastor that prays, prays by faith in God and if you get healed or blessed by him, it is majorly because of his faith in God, because your faith is in him and not in God. This is why some people still get healed even in doubt and unbelief. For example, if I were a pastor and I had a congregation, I would pray so much for them, that none of them would ever have to get sick, I would love them and incorporate so much love amongst the brethren to the point that, the moment they step into the gathering, even sickness and pain would run away. Remember that Jesus prayed a nonnegotiable prayer for Peter in Luke 22:31-32, he then told Peter to strengthen the others when his faith was sealed. God wants each and every one of us to have a personal relationship with Him, not third-party. As a church, and brethren, our aim is to encourage, bless, exhort, love and pray for one another in this race. Our faith is what makes us whole and not necessarily the church venue or premises.
Also, another common mistake is in the aspect of earnest prayer. Joseph Prince said “What men think is simple prayer, God says ‘It’s earnest prayer’, and what men think is earnest prayer, God says ‘It’s just a prayer’” Jesus, in Matthew 6:7 stressed on the fact that the we should not pray like the heathen, using vain repetitions because they think they would be heard for their much speaking. God already knows our needs before we even ask. I stressed this in my last article, “Funny But Not Funny At All 4: Prayer Warfare”, that people now think they are getting results because of their shouting, vain repetitions and body movements; they are no longer conscious that it is the power in the name of Jesus. Yet, in the end, people will claim they have prophesied and cast out demons in the name of Jesus, but they will be denied as workers of iniquity (Matthew 7:22). Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7). It’s that simple, all you just need to do is believe that you have received and you shall have (Mark 11:24).
It’s as simple as ABC, have faith in God. The process is very simple, as you have seen above; ask, believe and you will receive. Don’t be discouraged by the timing, God is working, all things are working together for my good (sorry, yours also) (Romans 8:28). Don’t be intimidated by local church threats, your business is with God and not men, it is through God that you will do valiantly. Don’t let anybody deceive you.
The aim of this article is to make you understand that your faith should be in God and not in men. You need to understand that God wants you to come boldly unto Him (Hebrews 4:16), you need to understand that you can go directly to God through Jesus, you don’t need anybody’s permission; and you can receive just as any other man of God can. Your church and others are to encourage and inspire you, and equip you more, they are to help strengthen your faith, but they are not even anywhere close to being God. I go to church and I get the necessary inspiration I need to draw closer to God, but nobody dare threaten me with his own beliefs, I know my God and nobody can stop me from doing exploits (Daniel 11:32).
From today, understand that it is as simple as Jesus said it is, your faith has made you whole.
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!
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