Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Jesus told us to believe that we receive when we pray. Did you notice that He did not tell us to believe that God can do it?
We should believe that God is able and that He is all powerful but that is not what Jesus said in this verse.
Jesus told us to believe that we receive and then we would have what we are believing for. Let me ask a question. In this context what should we believe in order to be healed? I believe that the answer would be to believe that we receive healing.
I have seen people in tears talking about how much they believe God is able to heal them. There is nothing wrong with this but it is not enough. Many good Christian people have died believing that God could heal them. It used to bother me that they were not healed because it seemed that they were believing.
Over time God showed me that these people do believe. They did not die because of a lack of faith. The issue was simply that they never believed that they received their healing according to Jesus’ instructions in Mark 11:24.
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
The leper was convinced that Jesus could heal him. He believed but questioned God’s will. I believe that this is where far too many Christians are today in their faith walks. They believe that God can, they believe that He has in other people’s lives. They doubt His will to do it in their lives!
This is a huge issue for most Christians today. There are books published on why it is not always God’s will to heal. It is always His will to be healed. We can see this in many Scriptures.
The leper came to Jesus knowing Jesus could heal Him. Jesus is unchanging and His answer to the leper is His answer to us today.
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
Mark tells us that Jesus was “moved with compassion” by the man’s request. Compassion literally means “a yearning of the insides”. The heart of man is the spirit.
Jesus knew the man was sincere. The leper had faith in Jesus’ ability to heal and his question moved Jesus.
Jesus’ heart was moved. He did not pity or have sympathy on this man. God is love.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
I believe that Jesus was touched by this man’s pain. The author of Hebrews tells us that He is a High Priest “touched with the feeling of our infirmities”. Jesus knew the many was struggling with His will and said, “I will, be clean”.
Jesus’ answer is the word of the living God! It stands for all times for every person who will ever live. His answers stands for all people who will ever question His will.
Jesus said, “I will”.
I believe that people who debate the will of God regarding healing do so because they do not know Him. This doesn’t mean that they are not saved. It simply means that it is possible to be a Christian and not have a relationship with God.
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