All Along, He had the Answer (Part III)
Have you ever been left disappointed because the answer to your prayers did not come as you had expected? The answer is probably a “yes” for all of us. How do we respond in these times (maybe out loud or maybe inwardly)? “I must not have had enough faith.” “Maybe it wasn’t God’s Will.” “Someone must have been in doubt.” “Maybe somebody is in sin.” There could be a variety of responses to this type of disappointment. Does it make us desire to keep-on, keeping-on in our faith towards God, or are we often tempted to stop believing altogether. If the latter becomes one’s choice, then to whom should we turn? Our only option is satan and there is certainly no hope in this adversary. There is never a place to stop believing.
I do not have the answers to why some of my prayers were not answered. Maybe, I was double-minded. Maybe, it wasn’t God’s will; but if I prayed in line with the Word, isn’t that God’s will? Yes, God’s Word is His will. For example, the Bible says that believers will lay hands on the sick and they shall recover (Mk. 16:18). I have laid my hands on the blind and have seen their eyes opened; I have prayed for the deaf and their ears were opened; I have prayed for those with cancer and they were healed; and etc. …But, I have prayed and nothing seemed to happen. I have even seen many die. So, do I quit praying? To quit praying is a sin. Samuel said, “God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you…” (I Sam. 12:23). We are commanded to pray without ceasing (1 These. 5:17). Jesus shared a parable declaring that men must always pray and not to faint; must not become discouraged or quit (Lk. 18).
I recently had a precious friend who died of cancer. We had laid hands on her and prayed; we did warfare against the enemy; and we had spoken the Word over her. What happened that she went on to be with Jesus. I don’t know. One thing I do know, is that she is no longer in pain and she is dancing on the streets of glory. I did have a dream two days after her death. I saw her walking toward me, and she was so beautiful. I knew that she was on her way to Heaven, and I wanted to tell her good-bye. She smiled at me and with great excitement, she said, “I’m going to the pink house.” Now, I don’t know what the “pink house” is, but I knew that it was something wonderful in Heaven. Yes, many of us prayed for my friend’s healing, and we did not see it manifested on this side of glory. …But all along, God had the answer.
How can I pray next time in faith, in single-mindedness, when I attempted to pray thus for my friend, and she passed away? Will this not cause me to doubt, be double-minded the next time I need to pray for someone with cancer? The answer is “no.” I don’t know why my friend went on to Heaven now but God still has the answers. He is pleased when we keep-on, keeping on in believing upon Him. I had another friend that came to me with a malignant tumor, and the doctors gave her no hope. Several of us anointed her with oil and prayed the prayer of faith, and guess what? She is now free from cancer. All glory to Jesus! Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope (have favorable expectation) in him…” (Job 13:15). Why? …Because He loves me and all along, He has His best for me. Therefore, I must not doubt nor allow fear to distract me from the victory that overcomes; even my faith. (1 Jn. 5:4).