People tend to get into a rut. We find a way that works and think that’s the only way.
For example, we think if a prayer isn’t said a certain way it won’t receive God’s blessing. Or we think if we don’t pray for healing just right they won’t be healed.
This post is featuring people who were not healed by the typical methods of healing prayer. The key to remember is that miraculous healings are not produced by our hands or our prayers. Miraculous healings come from God alone. Our hands and prayers can be instruments God uses to deliver his healing touch but He is not limited by the length of our arms. He can deliver healing through any object or even through the atmosphere.
He certainly receives the greatest pleasure from seeing us agree with him for healing and taking up our authority in Christ to command healing. He is waiting for us to step into the destiny he has secured for us.
People brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. ~ Acts 5
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. ~ Acts 19
Do you know that we make things really complicated when they don’t need to be?
God will stoop down to our level of faith. For example, if the centurion in Matthew chapter 8 had not had faith for a long-distance, no-contact healing, Jesus would have traveled with him to lay hands on the centurion’s servant. But since the centurion had faith that God would heal in response to Jesus’ command no matter what the barriers were between Jesus and the ill servant, God gave the centurion the healing he requested with no further ado.
Do we then have the authority to command healing even without any physical contact with the person?
Yes, we are in Christ and share all the authority of Christ. Read John 14-16 to get a clear picture of what our position of authority is in Christ. Consider these words of Christ from John 14, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
We need to stop limiting ourselves. Our only limit is Christ Jesus who is God and is in God and has God in him. If God can use shadows, bubbles, and spoons to heal people and if he can use a donkey to prophecy, then how can you think that you – Created in the very image of God and redeemed by the blood of the Son of God and made an heir to the kingdom of God – are somehow unable to be used by God. God will work mighty miracles through you. Ask God what he wants to do through you and trust God to be able to do what He says He will do. It really isn’t about your abilities or your holiness. It is all about the ability and holiness of Christ Jesus who is in you and who fills you and covers you and surrounds you. You aren’t the issue. Christ is the beginning and the ending. It starts with Him and ends with Him. God is ready to touch people’s lives and He wants to take you for the ride!