“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” – John 7:38
A friend of mine contacted me for prayer when her daughter took to a spiking fever, after she rushed her to the hospital. Seeing your own child sick has to be the worse thing a parent can endure, and can certainly spark a sense of fear. I thought of rushing over there to lay my hands on her ailing child, and to be there for her; however, decided for right at the moment, my proximity doesn’t affect what God can do. I simply stopped all of what I was doing and dedicated myself to praying for the situation at hand.
God heals in many ways – by the laying of hands, intercessory prayer, even supernaturally without any effort on our part. Some have the gift of healing, and others simply are required to pray by faith. (James 5:15) Sometimes the sickly person is required to take a step of faith. Sometimes the healing is immediate and other times healing happens over a period of time.
In John 5:1-15 , Jesus came across many at the pool of Bethesda who were waiting to be healed. An angel came down in a season and troubled up the waters, and then whoever entered the water would be made clean of whatever disease they had. A man with an infirmity of thirty eight years didn’t enter the pool because he said he had no one to help him. He was bound by his circumstance. Jesus commanded him to rise up and walk and immediately he was made whole. But he didn’t even make it to the water? It wasn’t the water itself that healed the people, it was their faith.
We don’t have to wait forever for the perfect moment, or the right circumstances to call out to God for help. You just have to speak the words and pray for what you need. You also have to be ready to accept your healing. There is a song that says:
There is a river, and it flows from deep within
There is a fountain, that frees the soul from sin
Come to this water; there is a vast supply
There is a river, that never shall run dry.
The river isn’t a place that we need to go physically, it is within us, active and ever flowing. It is that of the Holy Spirit flowing in our lives, and producing faith and good fruits. It is the living word of God. God doesn’t just want to heal us even, He wants to make us whole.
“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” – John 4:14
The centurion in Matthew 8, had great faith, yet he felt so unworthy to have Jesus enter his home, or to even approach Jesus with his request. Sometimes we feel unworthy to pray, and that we don’t deserve God’s blessing. God didn’t come for the perfect, He came to heal the sick, the imperfect and the brokenhearted. (Psalm 34:18) The centurion knew that Jesus words were powerful, and that if he even just spoke the word his servant would be healed. Because Jesus saw his great faith, He immediately healed the servant in the same hour. Jesus had not seen such great faith ( Matthew 8:10) Everyone has a level of faith, even as small as a mustard seed, we just have to be willing to activate it in our lives. (Luke 17:6)
“The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” – Matthew 8:8
There are many that can’t even make it to an altar for prayer, such as the man that had no one to help him get in the pool; however, you can pray for someone anywhere , even for yourself; right where you are. God is listening wherever you are right now. Whatever your need is, make it known to God, and wait expectantly! (Philippians 4:6) There is nothing too big for God. (Jeremiah 32:27)
“When You feel you’re drowning in life’s situations don’t worry. Your lifeguard walks on water” – Matthew 14:25