What to Do When Nothing Is Working
I, like many others, have prayed the prayer of faith and seen people instantly healed. I have fasted and witnessed a tremendous breakthrough. I have laid hands on the sick and seen those who couldn’t walk actually walk again. I have confessed the word of God over a situation and seen things change before my eyes. I have received communion and experienced a miracle of healing for myself. These are some of the things I have seen happen in my life and in my walk with God. These seasons in life are amazing!
While I am thankful for these times, I have to ask: What do you do when you go through a season, and nothing that has worked in the past is working then? Or when the prayer of faith seems to hit a brick wall; or when fasting doesn’t bring a breakthrough; or when you take communion day after day and see no change — what do you do in those times? What do you do when you pray daily over your city, its leaders, and your nation, and yet things appear to get worse and worse, despite the most fervent prayers of God’s people?
These can be very difficult and discouraging times.
There’s a song lyric that comes to mind as I ponder this question today: “Even when I can’t see it, You’re working. … ” We see this truth throughout the Bible from beginning to end.
As we know, God was working in the family of Noah even before the flood came on the earth. Deliverance was set in place before the first raindrop fell. The Lord was working in the life of Abraham to produce the promised son, even when Abraham couldn’t see it. God didn’t stop working despite Abraham’s trying to make it happen in his own way.
He was working in the life of David when he was on the back side of the desert, tending sheep. He trained him through experiences with the lion and the bear to prepare him for victory against the Goliaths that lay ahead.
He was working on behalf of the children of Israel, even when things appeared to get continually worse for the people. God was working behind the scenes to fulfill His promise that “this enemy, you will see no more.” Not only was He working on deliverance, but also on provision. His people left the place of bondage with no feeble ones among them and with great wealth.
Even when they couldn’t see it, even when they failed to believe it, He was working. The same applies to you and me today. When we don’t see it, He is working on our behalf.
If this is true, and it is, what do we do when nothing that’s worked in the past seems to be working in our present situation?
We walk by faith.
Hebrews 11 is filled with people who didn’t see that God was working on their behalf, but they believed it, and He was. They saw the promise of God fulfilled because they continued to trust God through it all.
Urged and Prompted
I love how the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, translates Hebrews 11: It says those believers were “urged on” and “prompted” by faith. Isn’t that awesome! What is prompting you today? What is causing you to press forward? I can tell you what: faith in God and His word!
With Eyes of Faith — Invoke Blessings!
Verse 20 in the AMPC says: [With eyes of] faith Isaac, looking far into the future, invoked blessings upon Jacob and Esau.
I love this! Many are praying and believing for their children to return to God or find their purpose in God. Are you, like Isaac, able to look far into the future and invoke the blessings of God upon your children today?
This applies not only to our children, but also to every aspect of our lives. We can look into the future, with eyes of faith in God and His word, and begin to declare blessings. We can do this upon our children, our marriages, our finances, our health, our businesses, our homes, and our nation. And we can invoke the blessings of God upon ourselves too.
Have you, like me, found yourself in a place where nothing seems to work? Have you then wondered what to do? Just like Isaac, we must look into the future and see the plan of God for our family and our nation. Then, we must call those things that are not as though they already are. We must invoke the blessings and the promises of God — every day. For how long? Until faith arises in us once again, and we see the promises of God become greater than the circumstances we are facing. As we do, we shall become like one of those written about in the book of Hebrews: a person of faith who, without fail, sees every promise of God fulfilled. We have His promise that we shall see the goodness of God in the land of the living — in our life, in our family, and in our nation.
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Kim Potter is a writer and the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to thousands of people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, in Charisma Magazine, and on Spirit Fuel and iBelieve.com. Kim’s message is one of hope. She speaks to the hearts of those who have grown discouraged or disappointed by the circumstances of life, to impart hope. Her daily inspirational writings are available at www.anewthingministries.com. Photo Credit: Canva.
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