“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.“
Mark 11:24 KJV
God is all-mighty and all-powerful. There really is no limit to what He can do. Yet, it seems men can limit the expression of His power in many ways, one of which is in the area of faith.
Faith, in its most basic form, is simply the assurance that something will be done or will turn out as expected (Hebrews 11:1). In life, as we turn to God for direction, healing, and more, He requires our participation through faith for these things to be done.
Here are a few scenarios from the Bible:
In Matthew 9:22 and 29, Jesus makes it clear that the healing was birthed by the faith of the recipients.
“But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” (Vs 22)
“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.” (Vs 29)
We see a repeat of this statement in Matthew 15:28.
“Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:28 KJV)
The same thing occurred when Jesus encountered the centurion. He discerned faith!
“When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” (Matthew 8:10,13 KJV)
Also worthy of note is the story of blind Bartimaeus. Again, faith was present to receive healing. “And Jesus said to him, ”Receive your sight! Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your faith in God) has healed you.” (Luke 18:42 AMP)
So we see that faith is a major catalyst of God’s power. In fact, the ability of God is never in question. The real question is: Is there faith to receive?
(For further study on our participation through faith, please read the following Bible texts: Mark 2:5, Luke 7:50, Luke 17:19, Acts 6:8, Romans 4:19-20, 1 Corinthians 2:5, Galatians 3:26, Hebrews 11:6).
Dear believer, God is willing and able to do wonders in us and through us. Regardless of the experiences that do not align with our expectations, God’s nature remains constant and His power is intact. He is still in the business of doing good.
Be ready to accept and believe it. Have faith today!
Bible Reading Plan:
John 6:41-59, I Peter 3:13-22, Songs of Songs 5, Jeremiah 52