Yesterday my roommate, Teddy, woke up at 5am with an excruciating pain on his leg! He reached down to feel what it was and felt a knot that was about twice the size of a baseball. He couldn't move and he was in extreme pain to the point of screaming! He finally started declaring "In the name of Jesus no more pain!' And he felt the knot shrink underneath his hand. He continued doing this until the knot was completely gone! At 5:30 he was so excited that he had declared the pain away that he turned on the lights and thought it was a good idea to start cleaning! Meanwhile I'm still sound asleep and having no clue what was going until I heard him start cleaning! He told me what had happened and we celebrated and then went on with our day.
This morning, I woke up and stretched my leg out and felt a terrible pain in my left leg that left me immobilized for about 30 seconds! I reached down to feel what it was, and sure enough, it was a knot about twice the size of a baseball! I'm thinking to myself "Are you kidding me? I'm already running late!" So I decided I would rest it for about 45 seconds and then just get up and continue my day. I rolled out of bed and limped over to the bathroom and got in the shower. As I got in I just heard myself saying, "There's nothing there, it's healed, it's gone," even though I was still in pain. As the words came out of my mouth I couldn't feel anymore pain and the knot was gone! It was such a weak attempt to get me out of my game, and I'm glad I didn't magnify this tiny little cramp and make it seem bigger than God.
Declaration activates the heart of God. We don't have to be loud, we don't have to make it happen or strive, because He hears us. He's listening, but at the same time, we don't have to be silent. We have a voice and we have promises and healing to declare over ourselves and others! He's a God that's moved to action by those who seek Him!