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The Prayer of Faith is Enough James 5:13-16
With the best of intentions, I once had a friend offer me an anointed handkerchief or prayer cloth saying that God would use it to heal my epileptic daughter. As Kindly as possible I refused it. The man was shocked and asked me why I would refuse such a precious offering. He explained it had been prayed over by a holy man of God. My friend was sure that it would set things right.
I explained that I had called for the elder of my church, and out of our faith, we had prayed together, anointing her head with oil as directed by James 5:13-16. I explained to my friend that I appreciated his kindness and his concern for it was genuine and sincere. However, I didn't need a "faith aid" to help focus my faith. I was confident that God had heard my prayers. "Brother," I said with a smile "The prayer of faith is enough. Thank you anyway." With that we shook hands and went our own ways. It was clear that he was surprised and disappointed by my response. It was if I had just rejected Jesus.
Faith Under Construction
Building my faith as He went.
My Daughter Amanda was 2 years old at the time and had suddenly began to have seizures. In time God took away the seizures but not before my wife and I learned a few things. Looking back, I see that God started working in that situation long before I had ever called for the elders. It became clear to me that he intended to used her illness for His glory and my spiritual development. The surprise wasn't that God answered my prayer, rather it was the way that he went about it. Slowly and incrementally building my faith as He went.
When I dial God's 911, He's already on the scene.
I have learned that when I dial God's 911, He's already on the scene. That my trials and hardships do not sneak up on Him as they do me. The prayer of faith is for my benefit, not God's. It reminds me that God cares about me. It is an acknowledgement that He is greater than me. I am learning that God's love for me is profound and limitless. Through His response to my prayer, I discover His purpose for my hardship. I do not need a Holy Hanky or any other tangible “faith aid”. I simply need to cling to my faith, be patient, and watch how God allows things to unfold.
All I need is faith like a mustard seed
Now, like everyone else there are times that I question and doubt God's ability to get me out of my current mess. Moments where my faith reserves are taken down to a near zero balance. I am grateful that God does not need me to have a surplus of faith. He accepts whatever sum I can offer. It is the goal of the enemy of our soul to steal every ounce of our faith, to leave us spiritually bankrupt and naked. He would use our hardships to cause us to abandon our faith completely. When we pray, it communicates to God, and our enemy, one thing more than any other, it says we believe. Proof that there is still a seed of faith left in us. Jesus said that all I need is faith like a mustard seed. There are times when the only faith I could muster is a simple prayer. It may be all I have. Over the years, I have learned that all prayer is an act of my faith. The truth is, if I have enough faith to say a prayer, then I have enough to move a mountain.
The Prayer of Faith is Enough
Your Brother in Christ