Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
Though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
Though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 (emphasis mine)
The Lord has been showing me a lot about faith lately. It all boils down to this: true faith sees the thing. You ask God for anything: healing, wisdom, a financial miracle, etc., and then you see it. Visualization of that prayer request granted.
Many Christians shy away from ideas like visualization because of New Age implications. But as with so many other good things (God things!), visualization has also been copied by the enemy. The enemy copies all the best things and corrupts them because he is incapable of inventing or creating anything, himself. When we use something like visualization (or meditation or dance or filmmaking or music or anything that the enemy has corrupted), we simply do it God’s way, and with a holy focus. If we do it this way, we won’t go wrong.
So ask God for healing, for example healing from a fever, then see (visualize) the healing: the person is out of bed and joyfully functioning normally.
Ask God for wisdom, then see yourself making good choices with good results.
Ask God for a financial miracle (be specific about the amount that you need), then see the money and the thing the money is intended for (a bag of groceries, a car, a house).
When praying for a financial miracle you must be sure that your priorities are right. If you’re not already honoring God with tithes and offerings (that is a minimum of ten percent of your income), then don’t expect God to bless you financially. And don’t ask God for money to fulfill a desire of your flesh. He won’t give you the money to have a TV in every room of your house, and seven cars for a family of three. Financial blessing will not come until you are fully submitted to God’s will. One person I met recently said that she and her husband are praying for financial blessings so that they can tithe 90 percent to God, and live off the remaining 10 percent. Imagine the good that God’s people could do if we all prayed and sowed into the Kingdom that way! That is the kind of giving heart that God will bless generously.
When you pray and back it up with visualization, another amazing thing will happen: you won’t rob yourself of the thing asked for by the things you say. I want to scream every time I pray for someone and as soon as we say, “Amen,” they sigh and say, “Well, I hope so!” This is not about hope. By saying you hope so, you’ve just shown how little faith you have, and God will not answer prayers that are based on no faith. So when you say, “Amen,” start immediately to see your prayer answered—and see it in a specific way.
The Bible says: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV, emphasis mine). See it, and have it. Faith is substance—something you can see and touch.
God “calls those things which do not exist as though they did,” (Romans 4:17, NKJV, emphasis mine). In this, God is modeling faith for us: see it and speak about it as if it is already done.
Another method I heard about lately is stepping into Heaven, taking what you’ve asked for, and then releasing it here on earth. You stand praying, for an opportunity to talk to someone important, for example. Next you take a step forward after prayer and say, “I step into Heaven and take the keys that open the door for this opportunity,” and you take hold of them with your hand, seeing them in your mind’s eye. Then you take a step backwards again and say, “and I open the door for this opportunity here on earth,” while unlocking a door with those keys (always seeing both the door and the keys in your imagination). Then watch and see the Lord give you time and place, and the undivided attention of that important person.
You can also step into Heaven and take healing, step back and release that healing into the life of the person you’re praying for. Really, this is just a way of boosting your visualization by adding action to it. Like God, you’re calling those things that don’t exist as though they did, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Remember, the satanic visualization techniques are cheap copies of real and powerful faith.
How did you receive salvation? By faith! Are you in Heaven yet? No, not if you’re reading this. So how do you know that you’re saved? Faith! It’s the same with anything else that you pray for: receive it by faith. It might not be substance right now, but it will be. Just as surely as your welcome in Heaven, the thing you pray for in faith (seeing it) will be given to you.
Are you ready for the coolest part? Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father,” (John 14:12, emphasis mine).
That phrase, “very truly,” means that He wants us to really understand the truth of what He is telling us.
“Whoever believes in Me,” is universally inclusive of all believers.
“They will do even greater things than these,” means that Jesus’ miracles are like a miracles starter kit to what we will do.
The only thing holding us back is the meat between our ears—our own mind. We don’t see other people doing Jesus’ miracles, so we don’t think that we can do them, never mind greater works. But that is walking by sight—what our physical eyes see, which is the opposite of walking by faith—what our spiritual eyes see (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Faith is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit—one of the things that every believer is given at conversion, though it must be developed into full maturity, just like a small, green fruit on the tree needs to develop into a large, luscious red apple.
Faith is also one of the nine gifts of the Spirit, which are supernaturally enhanced by the Holy Spirit. How do you get supernatural faith? The same way you got ordinary faith. The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). If you want more faith, get into God’s Word. And even better is hearing God’s Word.
I have an audio Bible on my MP3 player, along with Christian music that I’ve collected over the years. I recently discovered that when I select “play all” and put the player on shuffle, it plays a random chapter of the Bible or a random song. And God has used this to speak to me in some surprising and encouraging ways. I also like to play a game with myself. I guess which book of the Bible is being read. Some parts are very easy and obvious, like Genesis and the Gospels, and some parts are very challenging, like the Minor Prophets or some of the books of the law.
Pardon me for that little rabbit trail, but the point is that however you do it, you’ll have more faith according to how much of God’s Word you get into your heart—but it gets there through your ears. Imagine listening to the audio Bible on the way to work instead of some filth-spewing shock jock. You’re sitting in traffic just the same, but this way your faith grows. And when you arrive at work, you’re not stressed, but blessed instead.
So visualize, step into Heaven and take hold of whatever it is that you need. And above all, develop your faith. God is good!