13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 13:13-14
Certain sister in Christ asked a Pastor as to why God didn’t answer her prayer when she was praying for her sister who had a heart problem to be healed. She said, “I did everything I know and still my sister died. I’m so disappointed with God”
I sometimes wonder, how do some people have the audacity to say, they are “disappointed” with God? Do they really know who this God is? They might not realize it but they are treating Him as their errand boy. Yes, God told us to ask Him anything, and He’ll do it but that doesn’t mean He is our errand boy. He does things His way, which most of the times isn’t what we think how it’s supposed to be done. He never disappoints!
Go read some of the greatest miracles recorded in the Bible, most of those miracles took place when the situation was already hopeless. Read how He gave Abraham his heir, Isaac? (Romans 4:16-21); why did He wait until he was a 100 years old? How He saved the children of Israel from the Egyptians? (Exodus 15); why didn’t He let the children of Israel go through the Red Sea a day or days earlier? How did He save Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s life (Daniel 3); why did He wait until they were thrown into the fiery furnace to save them? How He saved Daniel from the lions? (Daniel 6); why did He wait until Daniel was thrown into the den of lions? How did He raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11); why didn’t He come earlier and healed him while he was still alive, why wait until he was buried for four days?
The answer to all these questions is, because He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last; nothing is too late and impossible with Him. He is the God who raises the dead back to life. So if things didn’t happen the way “we wanted” it to, it’s because we didn’t trust Him enough to do it His own way; our faith failed us, not that He disappointed us. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”; and James 1:6-8 say, “6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
After praying but her sister still dies, what was she supposed to do? Raise her from the dead, because that’s what God said (Matthew 10:8). Notice what she said though, that, “she did everything she knew”. But what if what she knew weren’t what the Word says? After all, nowhere in the entire Gospel God ever said we should ask and pray to Him to heal us. He said, “…they (the believers – Christians) shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18), and “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14). Pray over him, not pray to God for him.
None of these is saying we should pray to God to heal us. God has already healed us, “…by whose stripes YE WERE HEALED” (1 Peter 2:24) and gave us the power to heal others (Mark 16:18). What about our theme verse? You may want to ask. It says, “13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I (Jesus) do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I (Jesus) will do it.” (John 13:13-14)
This isn’t about prayer. Jesus never said to pray to Him, in His name. That doesn’t even make any sense, He said, pray to the Father, in my name (John 15:16; 16:23). What it means is, to use His name in faith for miracles. In other words, Jesus will perform whatever it is we want when we use His name. We see this demonstrated by Peter in Acts 3:6-8, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God”. Notice, Peter didn’t pray, he only used the Name of Jesus and got the miracle.
Whenever you need a healing miracle, remember this: if prayers didn’t change anything, then it’s time to use your authority in Christ by using His name, commend that sickness/disease to pass out of your body or the one you pray for. His name is the name above every name, and at the mention of His name every knee must bow (Philippians 2:9-10). It doesn’t matter what is the name of that sickness or disease (HIV, Cancer, Ulcer, Tuberculosis or whatever), they must bow. And never, I repeat; never give up even if that person died because you still can raise him from the dead. There’s no such a thing as too late or impossible.
But sometimes also, we are too focused on what we want and fail to hear what God wants because sometimes He could be telling us to let it go. So, listen to Him.
For more, read and study: 2 Kings 4:18-37; Mark 5:22-24…35-43; John 11:1-44; Hebrews 11:35; Mark 11:23
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My faith is producing results; I don’t waver or stagger at the Word of God through unbelief and doubt. I believe that God is who He says He is, and that I have what He says I have, and I can do what He says I can do. My faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Amen. Hallelujah!