Saturday, April 18, 2009

In Need of a Faith Infusion

"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
(Mark 9:24, NIV)

We have dear friends who have served and continue to serve in places like Swaziland and Kenya. These friends have seen first-hand the power of God as they pray with individuals who then receive a physical healing. There is not a shadow of doubt in my mind that my friends' stories are true. And I covet their experience.

Several years ago, our son Charlie's hemophilia was causing some serious disruptions in our lives. The poor boy was experiencing nosebleed on top of nosebleed that never seemed to end. We had him to an Ear Nose Throat Specialist who cauterized him. It felt like we were infusing gallons of clotting factor that would not stop the bleeding. Creams applied topically and oral syrup did nothing to provide relief. We couldn't go grocery shopping, to church or enjoy any sort of recreation without Charlie "springing a leak".

Finally, my girlfriend, Anne, asked me if I had ever considered having him anointed. Truthfully, I hadn't. It wasn't that I thought God was incapable of healing Charlie's hemophilia. But I felt that God had other plans that didn't include removing this trial from him. And if I'm completely honest with myself, I had never heard of Jesus delivering someone from a genetic illness like Down Syndrome or hemophilia, so I wondered if it could happen. I do believe, but this was my seed of doubt.

Despite the shortcomings, we did move forward with the small amount of faith that was in our hearts. Charlie was anointed and prayed over by elders and friends. To God's glory, the bleeding inexplicably stopped! Now, Charlie still has hemophilia, but the ceaseless season of his troubled nose came to an abrupt halt.

Take some time today to read the story of the father begging Jesus to heal his son in Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:14-29 and Luke 9:37-43. I AM that father! And if you're truthful with yourself, I'll bet you're that father too. You profess with your lips that you believe in God and that Jesus is Lord. You want to hope, want to believe. But there are those miserable, nagging seeds of doubt: "Healing is for others, but not for me;" "Maybe healing is all in the imagination;" "There might be ways to explain those healings other than divine intervention."

Pray with me today! "I do believe; help me to overcome my unbelief!" Our faith can only be bolstered by fleeing to God in prayer. If we just take that one small step of trust toward God, in His amazing compassion, He does the rest of the work. Does this mean that God will grant us healing every time we ask? Of course not! In His infinite wisdom, He knows what is best in the "big picture". But if we never ask, seek, knock, then the answer is always "no".

~ Barb Dittrich

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