“Your faith has made you well!” That’s what Jesus told people after they had experienced a healing in his Presence. The idea here is that these healed people already believed they would be healed even before it happened. They had faith. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. Faith is a lifestyle.
So what is prayer then and what has it got to do with faith? Well, I suppose it has to do with how you pray. If faith is the assurance of things hoped for, then why do so many people pray for what they don’t want? For example, “Please don’t let me get sick” or “Please don’t let him lose his job” or “Dear God, help things to not get worse for them.”
Seriously? People never came up to Jesus hoping to not get a bad thing. They came expecting and knowing they’d be healed. As a matter of fact, Jesus didn’t even take the credit. He said YOUR faith has made you well.
People who experience divine healing live in assurance and expectation of miracles. It is a way of being and not just something that they set aside 15 minutes in the morning for. I love that old Keith Green song, “Make My Life A Prayer to You.” What an awesome concept!
Whether we realise it or not, everything we think and do has the same power that intentional on-your-face prayer does. Jesus explained that even if you have a sinful thought it’s the same as doing that thing. And so it goes with all other thoughts: if you think it, it is the same as doing it or asking for it. Your life is a prayer.
What are you really asking God for by the way you think and live?
How often do we hear ourselves blaming the events and circumstances in our lives on the actions of some other person or institution…or maybe even the devil? It’s easy, isn’t it? Have you ever wondered what it would look like to take 100% responsibility for every thought in your mind and every word that escaped your mouth? Some people call this ‘mindfulness’. The scriptures repeatedly admonish us to take responsibility for our thoughts, to keep them set on things that are pure and good and that by doing so we will be cleansed and renewed.
Cleansed and renewed, eh? Sounds kinda like healing to me…healing that comes from faith, which is the assurance of things hoped for! And so it comes full circle, folks. Your life is a prayer, whether you like it or not. What is your life praying for? What are your thoughts and actions really petitioning God for?
Here’s a challenge: try carefully paying attention to all your thoughts and words for one day and transparently journaling all the things you are praying for; good or bad, intentional or unintentional. What changes do you need to implement in the Prayer of Your Life?
May you be blessed to be a blessing!