You’ve seen it before (if you haven’t,stick around a little longer): a man or woman prays over a visibly, sick or disabled person. Not much appears to happen after the first prayer, so they do it again, and again, and again, until the result of change is evident.
I’ve got to admit, it takes some serious faith and perseverance to solidify your belief that God will change a situation after the first prayer seemed ineffective. But the truth is, we must have that faith, and the request was heard (if you believe Jesus is the Healer).
But why? Why doesn’t the healing sometimes come through the first time around? Take this situation for
instance: Here’s Todd White in the image to the right. He is a well-known evangelist who has an amazing gift of healing. In this picture, he prays in the name of Jesus for a man’s right leg to grow out to relieve him of back pain. Watch the video (starts at :34 secs) and notice how he continues to pray until he gets results. The man being prayed for is in awe, and in total fascination of his miracle.
Did you know that Jesus sometimes does things just to fascinate and/or amaze us? Here’s biblical proof:
“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” -John 5:20
Did you notice White had to pray three times for the results of his prayer? Again, but why? The answer is found Mark 8:23-25:
” So He (Jesus) took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.”
Was the problem too big? Absolutely not! He’s God! (John 1:1-3, 14) . Jesus didn’t have to pray for or lay hands on the blind man twice. Remember, He’s the one Who, standing outside of an occupied tomb, commanded a man (Lazarus) who was dead for four days to raise back to life—and He only had to speak once! Not only that, when Lazarus got up, Jesus felt it necessary to complete yet another miracle: When the dead man came out of his tomb, no one came to assist him in taking off his bandages that he was bound in from head to toe, so Jesus commanded the bandages to “loose him”, and it was so. That, again, Jesus only commanded only once (John 11:38-44) . As well as countless of others.
I believe the reasoning for Him praying/laying hands on the blind man more than once, was for our faith. He did this to show us how to strengthen our prayer life and fortify our faith in Him. We are to pray with consistency (1 Thess. 5:16-18) and never lose faith (Matt. 21:21).
How do you get that faith? Ask the Holy Spirit to soften your heart and receive a childlike faith. You see, you don’t have to convince a child to believe, they just do. And this is how Jesus says we’re supposed to be. Remember, He doesn’t call us to be child-ish, but rather…child-like (Matt. 18:2-4). And without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews. 11:6).
In order to gain or restore this powerful kind of faith and kill your doubt, you may have to put aside some theological doctrine that you may have been taught in seminary, church or school, and look to the Solid Source, and that is the infallible Word of God. The Holy Spirit will interpret the scriptures and bring them to life in your spirit—gaining the knowledge, wisdom and understanding that only comes from time spent alone with Him.
Will you strengthen your faith, starting today?