How Do We Get Faith?
Faith in Action
P. C. Nelson, who was for many years a noted Baptist minister, said, “Healing is part and parcel of the Gospel.” While pasturing a church in Detroit, Michigan, in 1921, he was struck by an automobile. The doctors said his left leg probably would have to amputated. Even if they didn’t have to take it off, it would be stiff.
As he lay in bed, the verses of Scripture in James 5:14-15 came to him:
“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”
Dr. Nelson tried to excuse himself to the Lord by saying that they didn’t practice this in his church. The Lord reminded him that he had four Spirit-filled friends who believed in it, and He told Dr. Nelson to call them to come and pray for him. They came to his home, anointed him with oil, and prayed the prayer of faith for him. He was healed. His leg didn’t have to be removed, and it was never stiff. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
In Mark 5:34, where Jesus spoke to the woman with the issue of blood, saying,
“Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”
Jesus didn’t say His power had made her whole; He said,
“Daughter THY FAITH hath made thee whole…”
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Kenneth E. Hagin, “New Thresholds of Faith”