In fact, Jesus performed so many healings and miracles, too numerous to be recorded, such that, our planet could not contain the sheer quantity of volumes chronicling his miraculous feats (John 21:25). Yet we do not have one instance in the Bible where He probed into the past of individuals or families in order to effect a healing. Isn’t that interesting? Nonetheless, this is not to say, that there may not have been a direct cause from the past. However, the future is more important than the past! Let’s simply follow the Word of God and be led by His Spirit.
Notice how this father presents his request for his son’s deliverance to Jesus. He says to Him, “…But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” (Mark 9:22). He places the responsibility of his son’s healing squarely on Jesus. Look at this again. He says to Jesus “If You can do anything…” Jesus responds to him by saying “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). The Lord returned the responsibility to the boy’s father!
Is the Lord being mean and hard on him? Not at all. If anything, He is positioning him to receive his long-desired miracle. Jesus is actually saying to him “What do you mean if I can? My ability has never been in question and never will be.” Jesus is emphatically saying, “It is not a matter of what I can do, but of what you can believe.”
Learn this, dear friend. We don’t receive from God on the basis of what He can do, but on the basis of what we can believe. Your needs being met, depends more on you than it does on God, because He has already supplied all our needs ahead of time in our inheritance in Christ. If it was all dependent upon God, every need would be met before you could utter a word of prayer to Him about it. In fact, no needs would exist today. If you needed healing He would give you a brand-new body – brain, heart, legs or whatever else you needed, all before you could even make a request!
Did you notice that in the ministry of Jesus He would say again and again “According to your faith, be it unto you.” In Matthew chapter nine, two beggars needing healing. “…Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” (Matthew 9: 28). The next thing you probably would have expected Him to say after that would have been “According to my power or ability, be it unto you.” However, instead here is what happened; “Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened.” (verse 30)
Dear friend, learn this secret: we receive primarily from God, not on the basis of what He can do, but on the basis of what we can and will believe. In making decisions in the area of believing God, always ask “What can I believe for in this situation?” Whatever you can believe Him for, God is more than able and willing to do for you!