Matthew 9:18 “While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.’”
Is this the desperate plea of a grieving father or is this amazing faith in action? Does this father just not want to come to grips with the death of his daughter, reaching out for any hope he can find? Or does he believe with all his heart that Jesus can raise his daughter from the dead and will if asked? Is he speaking hope or speaking faith?
I was a brand new Christian and I had it all figured out for God. All God had to do was heal my best friend’s dad and he and his whole family would have to believe and get saved. I just knew it was going to happen. I went over to his house and laid hands on his dad and prayed that God would heal him from the cancer that was killing him. But God didn’t heal his dad. His dad still died. I felt so bad and so ashamed, I didn’t even go to the funeral. My friend and his family still don’t believe. So what happened?
“But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” I want to have faith like that! I keep praying but most of the time I think I am being safe when I pray. You know, praying prayers that it would be hard to tell if they were answered or not. I tell myself that I don’t want to put God to the test and “not my will be done”. But the Word of God says, “Ask and it will be given to you”. The Word of God says, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” We are to approach God with boldness and confidence in our time of need, knowing that He is a good Father, a merciful Father, a loving Father full of grace.
Therefore, I’m telling myself as well as you, don’t be afraid to trust God for anything and everything. Trust Him for the small stuff and trust Him for the impossible stuff. God’s not afraid of your request! God’s not worried that you are going to ask Him for something that is too hard for Him to handle. So never stop praying.
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:13-16