submitted by Melissa Fisher, itinerant minister with Patricia King ministries
Early in my walk with the Lord I used to experience frustrations because it seemed as though God was not answering my prayers. During that time I heard fellow brothers and sisters say things like he will answer in His timing, or the Lord’s ways are mysterious I even heard that all you needed to do was pray once and if you really had faith you wouldn’t need to pray again. Needless to say, this left my confused and a bit frustrated. I would wonder why, were my prayers so “sub-par” and where I could get some more of this “faith”? Maybe you can relate to this on some level.
If you were like me, I prayed a few of times and then when I seemingly saw no results I thought God wasn’t going to answer or that He didn’t hear me etc. Thankfully, as I matured in Him, the Lord gave me a key to seeing results in prayer that I want to pass on to you out of Mark 2:1-6:
And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
When you read the above passage of scripture you see a story unfold of some men who are carrying a friend on a mat to Jesus. Think about this for a second. They carried this man for who knows how long of a distance and when they get there the door is blocked; so then they must push through a crowd, carry their friend up on top of the roof! This is no small task! What does this speak of? PERSEVERANCE! The odds were clearly against them and but they did not give up and in their perseverance got a very creative strategy (another key)! Next, thing to note is they had radical faith in Jesus as healer. I don’t believe they would have done what they did if they did not know in within their innermost beings that Jesus could heal the paralyzed man.
Then, in verse 5 which says, “When they had “broken through” the roof and Jesus saw “their” faith and forgave and healed the man.” This creative strategy (given by God), which came through perseverance in prayer, with faith attached brought the BREAKTHROUGH. Think of this, who knows if the man who was being carried had any faith at all. Maybe he protested the whole way! Maybe he was so sick he didn’t know what was going on. However, the man was healed because of the faith of his friends. This is a key for you as well. You may be praying for someone who is “paralyzed” in sin and death, but if you will have faith and perseverance Jesus will free them from bondage!
I love in James 5:15-17 where it says the prayer of faith will save the sick and raise them up and that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much! This passage also compares us to that of Elijah, who was a man like you and me, who had the ability to control the weather through his perseverance in prayer. How much more you and I in our situations? Our God is well able to do the impossible. He is simply looking for ones who will run the race with endurance!
In closing, I want to encourage you to begin to go after those “prayer projects” once again, pray with perseverance, pray with faith and God will give you creative strategies that will eventually bring breakthrough!