Much of what passes for prayer is wishful thinking.
“Oh Lord, please heal Mary.” I’m sure you can, Lord. I just don’t know if you will.
“I beg you to heal Tom.” But if you do, no one will be more surprised than me.
You can pretty much guarantee these sorts of prayers won’t change anything because they are devoid of faith.
The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. (James 5:15a)
If you are not sure that God will answer your prayers, he probably won’t (see James 1:6–7). You may hope that he does, but faith is not hope. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we don’t yet see (Hebrews 11:1).
Jairus came to Jesus certain that he could heal his daughter.
The woman who had been bleeding was just as certain that Jesus could make her whole. You need to be certain too.
There are no formulas or magic prayers for healing the sick. There is only faith in God. Our faith doesn’t manufacture the healing or compel God to heal us. Rather, faith is the means by which we access the abundant provision of his grace.
Faith is simply agreeing with God. That’s how we receive. If you don’t agree you’ll have a hard time receiving.
Two blind men came to Jesus looking for healing (see Matthew 9:27–30). Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Jesus then touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith it will be done to you,” and their sight was restored.
Look carefully at the faith of these two blind men. How many days had they fasted and prayed? None. For how long had they pounded the gates of heaven with persistent prayers? They hadn’t. Yet they had enough faith to get the job done.
How do we know they had faith?
It was evident in the way they spoke. They came to Jesus with a “Yes, Lord” attitude. They didn’t say, “I hope you heal us, Lord,” or “If it be your will, Lord.” They simply said, “Yes, Lord.” That’s faith.
Faith is saying yes to the Lord who heals.