Just Like He Said.

“Blind Bartimaeus cried out by the road,
Jesus said, ‘Your faith has made you whole.’
And it happened, just like He said. 
Jesus said, ‘What do you want from me?’
Bartimaeus cried, ‘Lord, that I might see.’
And it happened, just like He said.”

“It Happened,” by Ray Lewis

My grandma Inez used to sing and play that song on the piano and I loved to hear it. Her version sounded so much better to me than the Goodman Family’s version (in case you look it up). It came up in my memory today as I was thinking about prayer.

I had a conversation with someone a while ago who was believing for healing for something and regaled me with the many healings that happened when they prayed. “I prayed and saw deaf ears begin to hear. I declared that blind eyes would be opened and they did. I laid hands on people and saw legs grow out, shriveled hands become normal, and cancer healed,” they said. This was upsetting to me because the focus was on “I.” In that moment, I realized something about myself I didn’t like. Sometimes, I’m the same way. Subconsciously I think it’s something I’m doing right that causes Him to lean in and hear my prayers.

I’ve had prayers answered in many situations, too – in my own life, the lives of others around me, strangers, people in other nations, etc. I’ve seen developmental problems corrected, various physical ailments healed, brain tumors shrink, and many more. I’ve prayed for things both in the quiet of my room and out loud in front of a crowd, and in both situations have seen answers. But, does that really have anything to do with me? Or was I just praying the will of God already put into motion and was simply in the right place at the right time, agreeing with that will?

“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

John 5:19

If Jesus only did or said what He saw the Father do and say first, then how can I possibly think I have anything to do with a healing or answered prayer, other than asking in faith? Is it not by the will of God and the power of His Son that anything is accomplished? As the song says, “It’ll happen, just like He said.” Not, just like I say, whenever I pray.

I don’t ever want to take credit even for praying a prayer of healing. I want no part of the glory because it doesn’t belong to me. So, I’ve decided to pray specifically, “Your Will, Father.” Unless I get a specific prayer to pray, that will be my prayer. I know myself well. I know I have a pride issue and I never want to steal any glory from the Lord because truly He deserves it all. If you’d like, you can join me in this. I’m willing to bet God will do just as He always has. He is good, His love endures forever, and He doesn’t need us to make that happen.

Prayer: Father, I want Your will for every situation I have, every problem I come across, every physical ailment I have, and every part of my life. You deserve the glory, so I’m getting out of the way. Your will, Lord, is good and perfect and pleasing, and I thank You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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