And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou has believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour – Matthew 8:13.
Belief is something most Christians struggle with after they have prayed. Doubt and fear begin to plague their mind, wondering if the prayer will be answered. Many don’t understand that’s where Satan will attack to try to influence you to lose faith in God.
King Herod was persecuting the church; he killed James, the brother of John, who was beheaded. Herod saw it pleased the Jews and proceeded further to take Peter. While Peter was kept in prison, the church was praying for him (Peter, therefore, was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him – Acts 12:5). The church, meaning it was a body of believers praying for Peter.
Although they were praying, they were also in doubt. When the Lord delivered Peter from prison by an angel, those that were praying didn’t believe he was freed from prison. Rhoda was at the house of Mary, John’s mother, who gathered with those who were praying. When Peter knocked at the door, she was so excited rather than opening the door; she went to tell those who were praying that Peter was at the door.
Rather than believing their prayers were answered, they told Rhoda she was mad (And they said unto her, Thou art mad, but she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel – Acts 12:15). The church was looking at an impossible situation, they knew that king Herod didn’t like the Jews. He was not about to let Peter go unharmed.
The believers were placing more faith in Herod rather than God. The Bible doesn’t indicate how long they had been praying; the thing is that they were praying and praying in doubt about what they were praying for.
In this dispensation, the church is praying, but many are praying like the church that was praying for Peter, praying and doubting. Doubt is the loudest voice speaking to your mind; know that’s the influence of Satan. Know that God specializes in the impossible to make it possible.
The woman with the issue of blood had been battling an unstoppable blood flow for twelve years. She went to different physicians and spent all her money but was not cured. Then she heard about Jesus coming to town; she believed that by touching His garment, she would be healed (For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole – Matthew 9:21). She didn’t entertain how long she had been in that situation. She didn’t entertain; she had been to physicians, and they couldn’t heal her. She believed in the power of God.
Ask God to help you believe in what you’re praying for when you pray. If you have prayed for whatever you’re praying for more than once, keep praying, and don’t stop until you get an answer to your prayer. Now, you can’t make God do anything, but your faith in Him will move the hand of God for you.
Prayer is the believer’s weapon, but when you pray, pray in faith that God heard your prayers and He will answer your prayers!