The Power of Prayer
through the Word of God (14)
Laying Hands On the Sick
in Jesusí Name
Jesus also said, "Ö they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover
Ö" (Mark 16:18).
I want to call your attention to this fact, friends. Everything we have discussed Mark 16:15-18 is done in the Name of Jesus.
It is the Name of Jesus that gives us the authority to cast out devils; it is the Name of Jesus that gives us the authority to speak with tongues; it is the Name of Jesus that gives us immunity against poison; it is the Name of Jesus that gives us the authority to lay hands on the sick and have them recover.
There is a little side thought here that is important for you to understand. Notice, Jesus said,
"ÖIn my name Ö they shall speak with new tongues
Ö" (Mark 16:17).
Verse 18 says, "Ö they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." You are the one who is to do the laying on of hands, not Jesus, and not the Holy Ghost. You are the one who lays hands on the sick in Jesusí Name.
By the same token, you are the one who is to do the talking in tongues. Someone said, " Iím afraid that was just me, " referring to receiving the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Of course, that is you; you are the one who does the talking in tongues in Jesusí Name! You do the talking in tongues just as you do the laying on of hands for the sick. You do the talking, but the Holy Ghost gives the utterance in tongues. You have a right to speak with other tongues in the Name of Jesus.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues belongs to every believer, not just to someone especially called to the fivefold ministry. Any child of God has just as much right to use the Name of Jesus against the devil as anyone else, and he can also use the Name in any of these ways I have mentioned.
Donít Struggle for Faith Ė Use the Authority
That Is Yours in Jesusí Name
I want to call your attention to something else. Believers do not need to struggle for faith in using the authority in Jesusí Name. I heard someone say, "If I had enough faith, I could do such and such." Did you notice Jesus never said a word about faith in connection with using His Name? He said, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; IN MY NAME Ö"
Jesus didnít say we could use His Name if we had enough faith because believers do have faith! You do believe in the Name of Jesus, donít you? Then just use His Name. Jesus said believers would do those exploits listed in Mark 16:17, because of His Name Ė not if they had enough faith.
You donít have to struggle for faith to use the Name of Jesus. Just exercise the authority that rightfully belongs to you in that Name. Simply take your rights in Christ and boldly use what you know already belongs to you. For instance, according to the laws of our government, you have a right to what legally belongs to you. You donít question, Do I have enough faith to possess what is already mine? No, that thought would never enter your mind!
Many of us own motor cars. At the close of a church service, you would not stand up and say, "I have a prayer request. I want you to pray that Iíll have enough faith to get in my car and go home." We would laugh about that, but, you know, that wouldnít be any funnier than if someone lifted his hand in church and said he had a terrible headache and wanted folks to pray that he would have enough faith to get his healing.
It would be just as silly to say that as it would be for you to say you wanted faith to get in your car and go home. Or some people say, "I know if I had enough faith Iíd get my healing; but I didnít get my healing, so I must not have enough faith."
Acting on What Belongs to You
Itís only when one acts on what belongs to him that he gets results. You know your car belongs to you; and you have the title and the keys to prove it. All you have to do is drive the car. Itís yours. You donít need faith to drive your own car.
In much the same way, when someone needs healing and he acts on what he know belongs to him, he is healed!
Not receiving what already belongs to you spiritually would be just about as strange (and it really would be funny if it werenít so pathetic) as it would be for you to want to go to the post office, for example, but then not get in your car and go. And then wonder why you couldnít get to the post office!
But if you didnít act on your ability to get to the post office, you would just be mentally assenting to the fact that you could go to the post office. But you wouldnít be acting on that knowledge. However, when you act on what you know belongs to you, then you will have results. In this case, you will get to the post office!
You see, you can mentally agree that the Bible is so, and you can mentally agree that the Name of Jesus is wonderful, but until you act on and use the Name of Jesus the way the Word of God says to do, youíll not get the desired result or benefits of the authority in that Name.
When we act on the Word, it works. That is the reason James said, "but be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" (James 1:22). We have many self-confused people who are blaming the devil or someone else for their failures. The truth is theyíve deluded themselves because they havenít acted on the Word. Actually, it is just a matter of knowing what belongs to you as a believer and then acting on it. Itís not struggling to have faith in the Name of Jesus; itís taking your legal right and boldly acting on the authority in that Name. That is what brings results. After all, what is yours, is yours to possess and to use, and if you are a believer the Name of Jesus belongs to you.
The Name of Jesus belongs to me just as much as my hands and feet belong to me. In the morning I donít pray for God to give me faith to get up and walk. I just get up and walk because I know my feet are there and that they are mine to use.
Of course, satan will surely try to withstand you. Certainly, he will because thatís his business (John 10:10). satan will try to withstand you and all of hell will seek to oppose and confuse you. If you think these blessings are just going to fall on you like ripe cherries off a tree, and that you will float through life on flowery beds of ease, you have another thought coming.
Yet, thank God, Jesusí Name is yours! It is yours, so take the blessing God has promised you in His Word and act on it. Many people pray, but the results do not prove that their prayers were of any value. If you do not get results from your praying, then you are failing in your prayer life. If we are not praying for results and expecting results, then there is no need to pray.
Continue to grow in your fellowship with the Heavenly Father. You can also learn to allow the Word of God to abide in you so you can pray according to Godís will, and your prayers will be answered. Then Jesusí words in (John 16:24) will be fulfilled in your life: Your Joy will become full!
Best Greetings to all of you, brothers in Christ, may God bless you much as you continue to walk, the walk of faith in Jesus' Name. Praise and Glory be to God.
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