I recently had a prophetic dream about hindersome high waters that were stopping a friend from moving forward on his path, but then I saw that friend physically motioning his hand to lower the water.
The Lord helped me interpret the dream, as He revealed that this friend’s lowering the water and then moving forward on an accessible path did not represent the result of prayer alone, but also action to complete his faith. When he took action, however the Lord prompted him, my companion was moving forward on his path—as prayer was lowering the water.
Faith is active. It requires involvement.
Deceptive, manmade religion often teaches that a believer has no say or part in changing a circumstance or receiving blessings. It teaches and believes that the Lord alone will bring something about when He is ready and when we’ve patiently waited long enough to learn something from that painful, idle waiting. Absolutely not!
Faith does not take on the attitude that if something was meant to happen, then it will happen while we then only pray and wait helplessly or lazily.
Instead, faith is actively responding in trust when the Lord directs or prompts in a situation. James makes an argument concerning active faith,
“Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? (James 2:14-17 the Message)
You may be believing and hoping to recieve something from the Lord so dearly. Know that the Lord truly wants to make sure you recieve everything He has waiting for you! He already has provided it, so the progress is made by you reaching out and recieving it.
Remember the woman in the crowd who suffered from a health issue of blood? The gospel of Mark records,
‘In the crowd that day was a woman who had suffered horribly from continual bleeding for twelve years. She had endured a great deal under the care of various doctors, yet in spite of spending all she had on their treatments, she was not getting better, but worse. When she heard about Jesus’ healing power, she pushed through the crowd and came up from behind him and touched his garment. For she kept saying to herself, “If only I could touch his clothes, I know I will be healed.” As soon as her hand touched him, her bleeding immediately stopped! She knew it, for she could feel her body instantly healed of her disease!’ (Mark 5:25-29)
This woman heard the truth about Christ and what He had to offer everyone who was coming to Him in belief. After declaring what she believed in word, she completed her faith by acting in what she stated. If she would have stopped at the declaration of her words, but not have responded in action to the prompting to find and approach the Lord, would she have received her healing that day? The ones who were healed were those who actively responded to what they heard and believed (like believing that they are healed and other miracles).
The woman may have eventually found healing from going to the apostles in the book of Acts, but it was more immediate for her to respond when she did. She also wouldn’t have been a witness to us who read the new testament today if she wouldn’t have responded actively, and just keeping her statement of belief in her thoughts.
Same with my friend in the dream. How could my friend make tangible progress by just watching the waves lower but not doing anything in response? Especially when he is saying he believes for breakthrough?
Now, actively responding in faith requires something to respond to. Abraham in the book of Genesis responded in faith to a prompting from the Lord to sacrifice Isaac. The woman with a blood issue responded to Jesus being present and offering healing at that moment. Then there is Zacchaeus, who actively responded both to the day and time Jesus came to his area—he responded to the prompting from the Lord of him coming down from the tree to host Jesus at his house.
All of these people responded to the Lord’s directions! They all believed that the Lord did want to bless them and their trusting actions showed it! If you have been waiting and longing for something from the Lord that you can find as a blessing offered in the scripture, then are you responding in belief…not just in word, but in God-inspired action?