What is Aggressive Faith? Do we simply believe and patiently wait, or do we need to go after it and do something to help that faith be accomplished? Definitely I think there are times we need to patiently wait on God. Psalm 27:14 tells us: Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! This is like a little child eagerly awaiting a special birthday present; though he wants the day to quickly come, he must wait until it does. Sometimes God has set times to manifest the answer to whatever we’re praying for in faith. Whether He has to work with other people or other circumstances, we may not know, but in His time, it will come without any help from us.
However, we have a biblical example of a woman who aggressively pursued what she needed Jesus to do for her. Luke 8 gives us the story of a woman who had seen many doctors over 12 years and spent all her money, yet she still had continuous bleeding. Leviticus 15:25-28 explains that in this condition a woman is unclean and remains so for seven days after her healing comes. Anyone who touches her is unclean until that evening. What a terrible plight she suffered! Yet, she pushed her way through the large crowd surrounding Jesus, knowing that she simply needed to touch his clothing to be healed. At that point, it didn’t matter that she made others unclean; she would do whatever it took to get to Jesus. That’s the picture of aggression in prayer.
She touched the fringe of his robe and then tried to slip away, unseen among the crowd that was bustling against Him. Verses 43-48 tell the results. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.” “But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees before him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
This unnamed woman had faith Jesus could heal her, but she felt she had to touch Him. Could she have shouted at Jesus over such a crowd if she had kept her distance? Obviously not. So she did the only thing she could. She recklessly pushed and shoved just like the rest of the throng who wanted healing. Once in a while I’ve found myself in the same place spiritually. I’ve asked for answers to prayer but simple prayers haven’t done the job. I’ve had to take my faith to a higher level where I risked my belief in God’s Word as true. Simply saying I believe the Bible isn’t enough. Sometimes faith has to march against all reason and the devil’s lies and stake a claim, just like the old miners did. I’ve had to get aggressive with that faith and let it lead me further than I’d ever been. I’ve found it’s not enough to simply say I believe. Sometimes we have to put action to our faith, which we do by accepting the answer and being totally confident of it before we see it. We adjust our minds so we consider not what might be possible but what is true if we keep focused on God.
Just listen to how often Jesus Himself assures us of answered prayers when we pray in faith:
Matthew 21:22: Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
John 14:13-14: Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
John 15:16-17: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
John 16:23-24: Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
1 John 5:14-15: Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.