KEY SCRIPTURE: John 5:8 KJV” Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”
The Lord Jesus never prayed for any sick person to be healed. He always gave commands or just asked the sick person to arise. This was how the Lord instructed His disciple to do. Matt 10:8 KJV “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
In our day, we mostly pray for a sick person to be healed. We can find this in the epistle of James to the brethren. Apostle James wrote. Jas 5:14 KJV” Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:”
Now, what is the impact of the James approach in comparison to how the Lord ministered to the sick? The two may be effective depending on the level of faith or spiritual understanding that the individual has.
Normally most ministers of healing who approaches the healing by giving commands to be healed on a number of occasions understand their spiritual authority. Because of the understanding they have about faith in God as well as the absolute defeat of the devil, they get quicker results.
A minister, Smith Wigglesworth met a man who had no foot on one of his legs. This man of God asked the man to go get knew shoes for his foot. The man acted on the instruction and went to a shoe shop. At the shop the shop attendant looked at the man’s legs and told him they don’t have his type of shoes, since he had no foot to wear a normal shoe. The footless man insisted he wanted a normal pair of shoes and even gave the size he wanted. The attendant found one which he paid and then put his clubbed foot into these pair of shoes. To the amazement of the attendant and the man himself, the footless man had a new foot growing out to fill the shoes.
This is a miracle which required the faith of the minister as well as the man. Miracles are normally worked out through definite actions of faith.
The Lord also instructed people to act out their faith. Examples are the blind man He smeared clay on his eyes and asked him to wash in the pool of Siloam. Another event is the lepers he asked to show themselves to the high priest.
May we learn from the way Jesus ministered to the sick, so we can also see greater results.
I am a representative of the Lord. I do all things in His name. I seek the leading of the Holy Spirit to minister to the sick. So long as I act in faith God honours His word, to set the sick man free.
THOUGHT: ACTING LIKE JESUS BRINGS HIS KIND OF RESULTS.
John 11:43 KJV “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.”
Acts 3:6 KJV “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”