First, a leper approaches Jesus and states, "Sir, if you will to do so, you can cure me." How did he know this? What had convinced him of Jesus's ability to heal "at will"? What gave him the courage to step into the crowd, when he wasn't suppose to be anywhere near people, to make this statement? He doesn't ask for healing, he simply makes a statement of faith. Amazing!
Then there is the centurion who asks Jesus to heal his slave. He insists that Jesus does not even have to come to his house, that Jesus can just say the word and his servant will be healed. If you were a bystander hearing this statement, what would you have thought? He must have had a powerful confidence in his belief that Jesus had authority over sickness, even from a distance. Inconceivable!
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And lastly, two blind men plead with Jesus to have pity on them. When asked by Jesus, "Are you confident I can do this?", they respond with confidence, "Yes, Lord" and Jesus heals them with the touch of a hand. They can see! Glory!
These people had amazing faith. They had an unshakable belief that Jesus wanted to heal them, that He could heal them, and that he would heal them.
How often do I approach prayer with this kind of faith? Yes, God gives me (and all of us) many avenues of healing: wholesome food, essential oils, medical interventions. Yet, I believe he still desires that I come to him first and ask in confidence for the healing I need.
Of course, I can't be foolish and compromise my health through poor diet, bad habits or harmful surroundings. God delights when I take steps to live a healthier life, to care for my body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Yet even as I take these steps, I am encouraged to approach the God of love in unshakable confidence and tell Him of my needs, knowing He desires, is capable of granting and will provide the healing that I need.
Speaking words of confidence and expectation puts me in a place to receive the good that God has in store for me. It may not always come wrapped in physical healing or my desired outcome, but if I pray in confidence, making bold statements of faith, I will one day see the ways that God has healed me and brought "back to life" areas of my life that I thought were beyond hope. God only gives love. I just need eyes of faith to see.