Little and often is the best way to achieve anything great. We don’t think that we are getting much done, but if we take 15 minutes a day to pursue something regularly, that adds up mighty quickly. For example, just fifteen minutes saying: “Father, show me more of who You are.”
I’ve been reading a little about divine healing. What seems to come through is that if we know our Father, we will then see Him using us in surprising ways. Some notes here from John Wimber back this up well, for example:
The ability to hear what God is saying, to see what God is doing, and to move in the realm of the miraculous comes as an individual develops the same intimacy with and dependence upon the Father. How did Jesus do what he did? The answer is found in his relationship with the Father. How will we do the “greater works than these” which Jesus promised? By discovering the same relationship of intimacy, simplicity and obedience.
I also liked what Ian Andrews has to say in his book ‘Building a People of Power’ about how a child relates to his parents. It strikes me that occasionally when praying for people, or for myself, I am effectively doing what he is pointing out children never do:
Children don’t (usually!) demand food, clothing, and shelter from their parents as a legal right, though they have more reason than anyone to expect such care from them. A child’s confidence in his mother and father isn’t based on his legal standing; he doesn’t have to keep threatening his parents with his birth certificate or a call to the Social Services. His confidence flows from the security of knowing that he is loved and that his parents want to look after him.
It strikes me as quaint, really, when I am standing there saying: “God, I am your son! I am entitled to healing. Give me my inheritance now.” Perhaps a little like the Prodigal Son. When all he wants us to say is ‘Please’. He knows what we want before we ask Him, after all. Watching Heidi Baker on ‘Finger of God’ footage ‘Finger of God’ footage with an African girl who was deaf, she just asked her her name, and checked with the crowd that she was really deaf. Then she started whispering into her ear, and the girl started speaking what she was hearing, as God restored her hearing. It’s the heart attitude before Him, and knowing who we are asking, rather than reading a legal list of spiritual truths.
In the light of this, then, and knowing that Father is Jehovah-Rophe, the God who heals, the more time we spend with him, the more healed we become. Not plonking our expectations on him, but coming quietly, gently, like a child, and just cuddling up with him. Knowing that all we are, all we do, all we ever could be and all He plans us to be, comes from knowing who He is.
Our Father loves us with an everlasting love. He is pained every time we stumble. His heart leaps into his mouth when we slip up. When our thoughts become bitter, he grieves. When our tongue speaks words of death, not life, he is struck to the quick. My little boy moved his head too quickly yesterday and hit me very hard in the nose, as we were cuddling together. He said right away: “Sorry, Daddy.” He kept saying it, because I didn’t respond immediately: “Sorry, Daddy, sorry Daddy.” He didn’t drop it until I responded and said: “That’s all right.”
That’s why little and often helps. We check in with him, and we know it’s all right with Him. Each time we do that we know Him a little better, and the thrill will be so deep and wonderful when we see Him face to face.