I have recently had some insight into the times in my life that I saw miraculous answers to prayer. I have been blessed to be able to say there have been numerous times. One example is when God healed me of a seizure disorder. It was in those times I felt like I had a super natural level of faith. I felt like I couldn’t do anything but continue to believe that God could do the impossible. I felt that I had no other choIce. After the fig tree died that Jesus cursed he told the disciples this (From Matthew 11:22-25 NLT)
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
I also remember in those times right before the answer to prayer came there seemed to be much resistance around me. Those that I respected the most had the most doubt. Now, when I sense that gift of faith about a situation that others may think impossible, I embrace it. I expect to see the answer soon. I try hard not to listen to the opinions of those who may doubt. It isn’t that I am not aware (or in denial) of the reality of the situation around me (which is what some people have accused me of). I am simply exercising my faith muscle. Like any other muscle exercising makes it stronger.
The true revelation came when I read this scripture recently. The “but” part of the scripture. As I was studying it, I never noticed that part. It doesn’t get included many times when people quote this scripture. After I read it, I realized that those times I received the miraculous answers to prayer, the major breakthrough, there seemed to always be forgiveness associated with it. In this season of life, it has just happened again. I needed to walk through forgiveness with some people close to me. I needed to let go and forgive the people who doubt me and my faith. Once I did, that supernatural faith returned, and some more answers to prayer.
So, the lesson learned?
- I will continue to believe in supernatural answers to prayer.
- I will not allow those who doubt affect my faith.
- I will set my mind on things with a heavenly perspective (Colossians 3:2-4).
- I will always be grateful for all things and continue to pray with faith, waiting, knowing and trusting that God will act on my behalf and those whom I pray for (1 Thessalonians 5, and Isaiah 64::4)
Won’t you join with me?