“And these signs will follow those who believe:
…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16: 17-18
My first encounter with the word of faith teaching happened to coincide with my first encounter with chronic pain. I didn’t know much about either, but I would spend the next eight years learning about them. I was taught that once you had asked God for healing, had someone lay hands on you, been anointed with oil, that it would be a lack of faith to go forward for those things again. It was all new to me as was living 24/7 with a pain that the doctors couldn’t diagnose or fix.
I needed healing and desperately wanted it but I was concerned about lack of my faith being evidenced by my repeated requests for prayer. I had people of faith lay hands on me and pray and no healing. I watched a 3-year-old girl lay hands on my son and ask Jesus to make him all better and watched as a hernia disappeared. I hesitated when altar calls were given or people offered to pray for me. Would my saying yes indicate low faith? What went through my mind was been there, done that and don’t have the healing to prove it.
Years later, when new pain surfaced, I went to the Vancouver Healing Rooms for prayer and was encouraged to come back as often as I could until I got my healing. This struck me as directly opposed to what I had been taught for 5 years. To say that I was a double minded woman is putting it mildly.
Since it was Jesus who said to lay hands on the sick and promised they would recover, I thought it would be a good idea to see what else He may have to say in this area. I found this familiar verse:
Keep on asking and it will be given you;
keep on seeking and you will find;
keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
For everyone who keeps on asking receives;
and he who keeps on seeking finds;
and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.
Matthew 7: 7-8 AMP
Until I read this in the Amplified Bible it read like ask once. But it says keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking. Not just once, but continually. Until you receive, until you find, until the door is opened. For me, that settles the issue, I will step forward in faith whenever an invitation for prayer for healing is offered. Until I get my healing. One day, I will say been there, done that and got the healing to prove it.
Your word says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. I confess I have been double minded about this issue. Forgive me for that and for not looking to You more for answers. Thank You for showing me in Your word where You stand on this. Thank You for the people You have placed in my life that are willing to pray for me, over and over again, if need be. Thank You again, for healing my son of that hernia. Thank You that his healing came from the hands of a three-year old who does not boast of this, instead of mine, because I might be tempted to boast. I know it is only through Your goodness and Your power that any healing comes. Thank You for mine. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
- Prayer of Agreement (devomom.wordpress.com)
- We All Need Somebody (devomom.wordpress.com)
- Praying Without Faith: Who Does That? (blessedmag2.wordpress.com)
- Faith Doesn’t Heal or Provide; God Does (crsstlk.wordpress.com)