Here’s our previous verse in a devo. This reminded me about last year during the most intense part of my battle when God was having to surround me with the reminder to pray in FAITH not in FEAR. That can only happen when our prayers have the solid foundation of the promises of God on which to stand.
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ…was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen….– 2 Corinthians 1:19-20
“Oh, God, I feel so sick. My head hurts. My skin hurts. My stomach hurts. I need You to heal me!” Have you ever prayed like that? If so, don’t ever again!
One of the operating principles of faith is to go to God on the basis of His provision—not on the basis of your need. I learned this years ago in the area of healing. I don’t ever go to God and tell Him how sick I am, and then ask for healing. Isaiah 53:5 assures me that Jesus already provided for my healing on the cross. So when my body is experiencing symptoms of illness, I pray by saying:
“I am thanking You, Lord, for providing healing for me. By faith I receive that provision now, in Jesus’ Name. I set myself in agreement with Your Word which says that by His stripes I was healed (see 1 Peter 2:24).
Remember this: If you continue to rehearse your need, you will be so need-minded that it will stunt your faith, and you won’t be able to receive God’s supply. But if you continue to rehearse God’s promise, you’ll become so answer-minded that it will be the most natural thing in the world to simply reach out by faith and receive His provision.
Scripture Reading: Luke 13:11-17 (© 1999 Kenneth Copeland Ministries)