The Bible mentions time and time again that Jesus healed many people of various diseases, afflictions, health issues and spiritual needs. Multitudes of people would come to Him and Jesus would heal them all.
Did all these people believe in Jesus at the level He desired for them to believe? What are the chances of these people believing in Christ to such a degree there was no doubt He could heal them? For many it was a first-time encounter with Jesus. How many people do we trust wholeheartedly the first time we meet them?
Surely these people didn’t have the same amount of faith in Christ. What are the possibilities of that? Yet Christ healed all who came to Him. So what did they have in common to enable Christ to heal them?
Many times we feel as though we need a certain amount of faith before Christ will heal us or answer our prayers. The Bible speaks contrary to this and actually explains faith as a “developing characteristic” in our relationship with God. What does that mean?
Faith is a growing principle in our lives that increases and improves as we develop ourselves in the Lord and in our Christian walk. Faith becomes molded to our characer and personality as we form ourselves in Christianity and stay consistent in serving the Lord.
Realize there has to be a starting place for this type of development. How do we begin this process? To answer that question we do the same thing these people did in the Bible. We go to the Lord to see what He will do!
Those that were healed by Christ may not have had fully developed faith in Him but they did have a desire to be healed. This is what they had in common. Their presence in front of Christ demonstrated a desire to be healed and a measure of faith as well.
This is a good place to start! It’s a place we all have in common despite what our actual faith level might be. We may have a desire to be healed and by coming before the Lord we illustrates that desire. There’s a measure of faith in doing this which gives God a chance to work in our behalf.
We don’t need fully developed faith for answers to prayer. Christ is not expecting that. Development starts with desire and showing that desire illustrates a measure of faith to do what needs to be done.
The individuals that were healed in Christ’s ministry may not have understood who He was or His capabilities but at least they showed up to give Him a chance to do something. The “showing up” was a measure of “demonstrated faith” that Jesus could work with and create healings.
Through healings and such experiences faith grows to ask for bigger and better things from the Lord. God wants to demonstrate what He can do through us by our faith in Him.
It’s all about how we grow in the Lord and develop ourselves. Do we give God those opportunities to increase our faith as we come to Him with doubts, fears and questions? Christ is looking for the “wanting desire” as a starting place in order to begin a relationship of building faith and trust. We don’t have to be at 100% to start this process.
Quit worrying about whether or not you are worthy or have enough faith to ask Christ for answers. Start with your desire and approach the Lord with that. If the Lord doesn’t answer right away then keep asking. Don’t quit asking until the Lord tells you to stop!
Faith develops with persistence and consistency. A good place to start that development is your desire. What would you like God to do for you?