“Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean” (2 Kings 5:14).
In 2 Kings Chapter 5, we read the account of Naaman, captain of the Syrian army. He was a mighty man and honorable. Even though he was well-respected with an important position, he had leprosy.
Leprosy was a disease of the skin. In the worst cases, the victims flesh would rot and fall off. Anyone who had this disease was considered unclean.
Naaman’s wife had a maid that had been captured from Israel. She told them about the prophet Elisha and the healings that followed his ministry . The king of Syria sent a messenger with talents, gold and raiment to the king of Israel in exchange for the prophet to come heal Naaman. When Elisha heard about this, he told the messenger to have Naaman come to him.
When Naaman came to the house, Elisha came to the door and told him to go wash in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman walked away furious because he expected the prophet to come and pray over him with a great prayer, not send him to the Jordan River to wash. He even questioned why he couldn’t go to another, better river. One of the servants pleaded with him to do as Elisha had commanded. Naaman finally agreed and went to wash in the Jordan River. On the seventh time that he entered the water, he was healed.
There was nothing special about what Elisha told Naaman to do. There was nothing magical about the Jordan River. Elisha didn’t speak a prophetic prayer over Naaman. It just came down to obedience.
God may ask you to do something that you think is foolish just to see if you will do it out of obedience. The answer to your prayer will always be linked to obedience.
About 8-9 years ago, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It got to the point that no one could touch me including my husband and my son. Most of the time, I would stay home. I would miss church. People shaking my hand or hugging me had become too painful. Many times I would sit at home and cry because the pain was too much for me. There were medicines to ease the pain, but no cure. I became depressed and there were times I wished I could just die.
One day, I finally had enough. I had prayed numerous times for God to heal me but I didn’t get my miracle. Our church was having a special service and I wanted to go. That night they asked people to come to the front who needed healing, deliverance, salvation, etc. I made my way to the front and stood over to the side so that people wouldn’t touch me.
The guest speaker came by and asked why I needed prayer. I told him I wanted to be healed. I did not tell him the specific need, just that I needed healing. He asked me to spin around 3 times to receive my healing. At first, I stood and thought to myself, “What does this have to do with me getting my healing?” I finally decided that I would obey and do what he asked. I spun around once, twice, and on the third time the power of God touched me. God instantly healed me of Fibromyalgia and I have not suffered since that day!
There was nothing magical about spinning around. The healing was released because I was obedient. If I had stopped after the first or second time around, I would not have received my miracle. God wanted me to trust and obey Him.
What is God asking you to do? Obey. It could be the answer to your prayer.