For years, many have come for prayer. Healing and deliverance prayer lines have been in play. The results speaks for itself.
First, the Scriptures, then my thoughts. My thoughts will NEVER usurp the authority of the Scriptures. And your response to the final authority of the Scriptures is the only thing that matters.
James 5:13-18 (NKJV) “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.
And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.“
Many people, sinners and children of God have the need to be delivered from debilitating illnesses, substance dependency, sexual immorality addictions, financial difficulties, and a host of other issues and sins.
The tale of the tape will always be what people do AFTER they receive prayer.
Matthew 19:26 (NKJV) “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Here’s the merry-go-round or cycle most of us go through.
We end up with an issue. We seek God through prayer. And because we fail to follow the Word of God after prayer, the issue returns.
In John chapter 5, there was a man with an infirmity for 38 years. The Lord Jesus asked him a question. “Do you want to be made well?”
The man gave a story about how an angel would stir the water and the first person that step in, would be healed. The Lord Jesus commanded him to take up his bed and walk.
A little while later, after being healed, the Lord Jesus came to him and said, “You’ve been made well. Go. And sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you.”
The paralyzed man opened the door to sin that gave him the condition.
The Lord warned him to sin no more as the condition to keeping his healing.
We make mistakes, but there’s a difference between a mistake and deliberately sinning in defiance to the the will of God. And this is why many people ride the merry-go-round or revolving door of sin.
It’s only when we’ve reached a point of desiring relief because the episode is so severe that we seek the Lord for relief.
But what tends to happen is that after we get the relief we desire, the euphoric moment of deliverance leaves. We go back to the same sin we love, and we return with a worse condition.
It’s only when we realize that sin is the reason for the malady and we refuse to commit sin to keep the door open for the malady to return.
Deliverance ministries and prayer lines may have helped a lot of people. But when we fail to remain obedient to the Lord and His Word after the Lord delivered us, we can’t help but come to the fact that the issue is with us. Not the Lord.
Matthew 12:43-45 (NKJV) “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
Mark 5:18-20 (NKJV) “And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.”
The condition for remaining delivered from demonic spirits was to go and tell others what great things the Lord had done, and how the Lord had compassion on him.
What are you willing to do after the Lord delivers you to keep your deliverance?
If you return to commit sin, you’re making a terrible move.
If you refrain from the sin you love, you’re making a great move that will glorify the Lord.
Galatians 6:7-9 (NKJV) “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
So when it comes to deliverance prayers, the issue is never the prayer.
The issue is what you do after you’ve prayed or have been prayed for.