If the the person who wants to pray over you or a loved one during an illness is not fully persuaded of not only God’s ABILITY to heal, but also of His WILLINGNESS, you may have to politely decline their request.
Let’s take a walk through Mark 5:35-42…
35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
A bad diagnosis is a FACT but God’s Word is TRUTH (1 Peter 2:24). We must learn to subordinate facts to truth!
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Fear is the ABSENCE of faith. We have to TRUST that God’s Word is infallible and that His promises are appropriated by faith (Hebrews 11:6, 2 Peter 1:4)
37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
Jesus had TWELVE disciples but He only permitted THREE to go with Him. You may be surrounded by saved folk but they may not be equipped for a faith fight. When unshakeable faith is necessary, anyone who is not in faith with you may be excess baggage.
38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
Those around you will either agree with the circumstances or the prevailing truth. Not everyone among you is with you (Job 1:6)!
39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
The Word of God (Jesus) speaks power over circumstances. You should, too!
40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
Even some saved folks don’t believe in God’s willingness to heal. However, as Jesus is the express image of the Father (Hebrews 1:3) and – in examining the Gospels – Jesus was not only willing but actually healed ALL (Matthew 4:24, 8:16, 12:15, Luke 4:40, 6:17, 6:19, 8:43, 8:41), we must conclude it is ALWAYS God’s will to heal. Now, before some of you say, “Preacher, why isn’t everyone healed?”, let me say it is God’s will that everyone is saved (2 Peter 2:9) yet not everyone is.
Give that one a minute to sink in before reading further…
41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
One Word from God can change anything. Notice here Jesus did not go into a lengthy prayer, “binding and loosing,” and so forth; rather He simply exercised His authority. He is our example and He did not beg, plead, or tarry, saying, “…if it be Your will,” and neither should we. Jesus has given us AUTHORITY over the ABILITY of the enemy (Luke 10:19). We are COMMANDED to heal the sick (Luke 10:9).
42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
When The Kingdom of God shows up, the miraculous happens. This must be our EXPECTATION, not the EXCEPTION! Jesus told us that we’d do Greater Works (in number, not magnitude – don’t get it twisted) but we cannot if we are unwilling to stand on the Word and exercise the dominion authority Jesus restored to us
I’ll take my seat now…
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)