Have you ever thought about the question: “Do you have to become a believer in Jesus Christ, before asking healing from Him?” This is a very significant question for everyone, isn’t it? Thanks to the person who e-mailed me this question last week, I’m going to share two stories with you today.
There was a person who put two bottles in the cabinet at night. ‘A’ bottle only contained clear water and ‘B’ bottle contained clear water mixed with black ink. The person had very strong confidence in what he thought. He affirmed that the ‘B’ bottle would become as clear as the ‘A’ bottle the next morning. However, he was very disappointed by himself the next morning, ‘A’ and ‘B’ bottles remained exactly the same as the night before, and nothing had changed at all.
Some people think that there isn’t a higher power that controls and causes miracles in the world. Their stereotypic view of Christians: Christians just imagine that circumstances will improve and coincidentally they do. However, this story shows that only will-power changes nothing. I have also noticed some people arguing about the relationship between prayer effects and God in Christianity before. They concluded it isn’t true that Christians attribute the answered prayers to God. These people don’t think there is a living God who answers the prayers.
Let’s see what the bible says about it:
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 )
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and His disciples and a large crowd went along with Him. As He approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out-the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.” Then He went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. ( Luke 7:11-17 )
From the above scriptures we know it is the Lord Jesus who healed the widow’s son, and the healing had nothing to do with the widow’s or the son’s own faith. Please don’t misunderstand me. I didn’t say faith is not important. What I’d like to clarify is if a living God does not exist, no prayers can be answered no matter what faith we have.
It was a blessing to me to take part in a church’s ministry several years ago and pray for people’s needs daily. The needs included the bodies , minds, and spirits of the people. I saw that God answered prayers and experienced God daily at this church. Praise the Lord! I particularly remembered there was a father who brought his son to the pastor and asked for healing prayers. Both the father and son were not believers yet at that time. The son had a high risk of committing suicide any time. When the pastor asked the father whether he knew who Jesus was and His resurrection, the father answered that he had no intention to know anything about Jesus. He only wished for his son to be healed right away. The pastor refused his prayer request at that moment. As a result the son’s health grew worse each day.
A couple of years later, we came back to visit the church after we moved due to my husband’s relocation of his work. We found the father and son as our brothers in God’s kingdom, with the son totally recovered. Thank God. Thanks for the Lord’s mercy!
Would you like to know and believe in Jesus Christ? It’s really important in your life to discover Jesus is the only living God! Please continue to meet Him in my next blog. Thank You!