Just last weekend, I had the opportunity to learn something new about the operation of faith in our lives.
Following one of the North Way worship services at one of our campuses, a brother in the Lord that I have known for many years asked if he could have a few words with me. We stepped apart from some of the crowd and he shared that he had a medical condition that was troubling to him and that his family doctor had recommended he see a specialist the following day.
There was no doubt in my mind that I was to pray for him for healing as I believe that is something that the Lord expects of his disciples when given the opportunity.
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
What was particularly intriguing to me about this request was that this brother and friend has been involved in praying for healing for hundreds of people over the past years of his spiritual journey. It’s just something that he does, not in an official capacity, but as a follower of Jesus who is convinced that the power of God is available to those who seek Him no matter what their level of faith.
When I mentioned to my friend that he had seen the Lord do numerous miracles through the years, undeniable demonstrations of the Lord’s intervention in people’s lives and particularly in matters of physical healing, he shared something to the effect that ‘that’s why I believe the Lord is going to take care of whatever this particular problem might be.’
What I began to sense at that moment was that this brother in the Lord had simply been learning to walk in obedience and faith through many years of trial and error. However, as a result of not giving in to his fears or the lack of success at every turn, his faith had grown and he was facing this situation with expectation and not fear. Witnessing miracles always puts people in position to receive even more from the Lord. The entire New Testament seems to confirm this fact. The process seems to be clear… people increase in their belief because of miracles.
As we moved in to prayer I simply asked the Lord that not only would He heal this physical affliction, but that the doctors would even say that there’s really nothing there to be concerned about!
We prayed together and left that time trusting that the Lord would hear us.
About 24 hours later I was so blessed to receive the report, but not surprised, that the doctor gave a perfectly clear and logical explanation as to what this nondescript protrusion was all about and that it was of no consequence.
My heart was so thankful because the potential for something much more serious and difficult was certainly there. However, the experience and simple faith of my friend and our confidence in God’s willingness to heal overruled the fear and brought us to a place of faith where we could literally pray for the answer that we specifically heard the doctor affirm!
Faith grows because we have the willingness to see God at work. Jesus said in John 4:48 that “unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.” My normal interpretation of that passage has been that people would be defiant unless they were given proof. I wonder if Jesus meant that “signs and wonders” are necessary to enable us to believe in faith for the miracles that we need to see.
Faith grows as we see miracles before us. The only way that we see those miracles is to continually ask the Lord for them.
What a great blessing to share in one simple expression of the faithfulness of God in matters of our physical and spiritual needs.