…Continued from yesterday
Yesterday I told you about the severely crippled man who was accidentally brought on the platform and set in the center of the stage. When I saw him sitting there my palms began to sweat and my heart rate went up. All that faith that I thought I had was suddenly missing. I’m sure you want to know what happened next. I have to warn you – this is not what you were hoping for. I prayed for the man and nothing happened. No healing. No miracle. No manifestation. Nothing.
I spend a lot of time on this blog telling you about the many amazing and awe-inspiring miracles that I see and experience as I minister around the world. But I want to be very real with you. Sometimes the most important lessons are learned, not on the mountaintops, but down in the valleys. I want you to understand something about faith that is very valuable and if you will receive what I am telling you now, it can set you free.
After I prayed for that crippled brother and he didn’t get healed, I must admit; I felt humiliated, embarrassed, ashamed, disgraced and depressed. I think I actually felt worse for myself than for the crippled man! In that moment, the Holy Spirit shone a light on my own heart and I saw something I had never been aware of before. I suddenly realized that I had hitched my reputation and ego to the train of God’s glory. If He did a miracle, I felt gratified. If He didn’t do a miracle, I felt humiliated – as though I had some ownership in HIS wonders.
This is the NUMBER ONE mistake that people make (in my opinion) when considering miracles. Miracles are NOT about us. Miracles are ALL ABOUT JESUS! People are amazed to see the miracles that happen at our campaigns, but I truly believe that I could stand my 7-year-old son on the platform in my place and, if he prays in faith in the name of Jesus, he will also see mighty miracles. Miracles are the easiest part of my job because I don’t perform them!
Most people reading this blog will never have to pray for someone on a platform with 5,000 people looking on, but many of you have the same fear and it has often kept you from stepping out in faith. “What if I pray for someone and nothing happens?” is the question.
This is another one of the questions that Sid Roth asked me a couple of days ago when I was on his television show called, It’s Supernatural. I want to tell you what I told him.
Years ago I asked this same question to evangelist Bonnke, “What if I pray for someone and nothing happens?” This was his answer to me, “If you have to pray for 100 people in a prayer line and the first 99 don’t get healed, pray for the 100th one as though every one before him had gotten healed!” My friend…that is faith! It is unmoved by what the eyes see. It rests in the promises and power of God.
Someone once said to me, “Faith is spelled R-I-S-K.” I know what they meant by that and there is certainly truth in it. But I would like to say it differently. I say faith is spelled R-E-S-T. Or here’s another way to say it; faith is spelled T-R-U-S-T.
You see, if you’re always afraid of what will happen if you pray for someone and they don’t get healed, you will soon stop praying for people. Faith and fear are at opposite ends of the spectrum and fear is bondage (Heb 2:15). Fear enters in where there is a feeling of personal risk. So if you are afraid of what will happen if you pray for someone and they don’t get healed, it is a good indication that you may have taken personal ownership of something that does not belong to you in the first place…God’s glory.
Until you are able to rest in the finished work of the cross you do not understand faith. Until you are able to be unmoved by what you see you do not understand faith. Until you have unhitched your reputation from the train of God’s glory, you don’t understand faith. Until you understand that it is NOT ABOUT YOU, you don’t understand faith.
Im not claiming to know all there is to know about faith. In fact the longer I am enrolled in the School of the Holy Spirit, the less I know. But there is one thing I am sure of…once I unhitched my ego from the locomotive of God’s glory, I experienced a freedom as never before. Now I could pray for the sick without feeling any pressure or anxiety. If they got healed it was not my doing and if they didn’t get healed it still wasn’t my doing. I relinquished both the credit and the blame. What was important for me to do was simply to obey and to believe and the rest was His responsibility. Do you know what I discovered? I discovered that faith is rest! What a liberating truth!
The more you try to make miracles happen the less you will see them. The more afraid you are of what might not happen, the less you will pray, obey and believe. The more you rest in faith and move forward in obedience, the more you will experience the miraculous. Your job is not to be the savior, the healer, the wonder worker or the deliverer. Your job is to lay your hands on the sick, to pray for them in Jesus name and to believe God’s word no matter what. The rest is up to God.
So, in answer to the question, “What if I pray and nothing happens?” here’s my advice…keep praying!
…more on this tomorrow