Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.
— Mark 13:14,15, NKJV
Christ designed that his disciples should learn by experience the meaning of faith in him. In healing the sick and casting out devils they would obtain an experience which was new to them, and thus would be brought where they needed special wisdom from above. They desired in all things to exercise sound discretion, and when brought, as they often were, into painful perplexity, they dared not act independently. How they longed to have their Master by their side, that he might tell them what course to pursue! But they obtained an experience by relying on the promises given them by Christ. They claimed the promise, “Ask, and it shall be given you.” They did pray most earnestly, and were not left without the Holy Spirit. At times they were tempted to move unadvisedly; but the words of the prophet, “Lean not unto thine own understanding,” and, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” led them to One who would not err in counsel.
They were not to enter into controversies; this was not their work. They were to reveal and advocate the truth in their own characters, through earnest prayer and meditation revealing personal experience in genuine Christianity.
This is the experience that the workers of today are to obtain. You are to lean wholly on God. You must not trust to your own wisdom... remove every obstruction, throw open the passage of communication between Christ and the soul, that the life which is in him may flow freely to you, and that you may impart the same to others.
The Saviour of the world devoted more time and labor to healing the sick than to preaching. His last injunction to his apostles, his representatives upon earth, was to lay hands on the sick, that they might recover. And when the Master shall come again, he will commend those who have visited the sick, and relieved the necessities of the afflicted. “Well done, good and faithful servant,” he will say; “enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
— The Review and Herald, February 1, 1898
Learn by experience to rely on the promises given by Christ. Claim the promise, “Ask, and it shall be given you.”
Pray most earnestly to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Do not lean on your own understanding, be led by One who does not err in counsel.
Through earnest prayer and meditation, reveal genuine Christianity in your personal life, advocate for the truth in your own character,
Lean wholly on God, do not trust in your own wisdom. Remove every obstruction to open the way of communication between Christ and your soul.