Imagination is an important part of faith. If you can conceive it in your mind, then you will begin to believe it. When you believe it in your heart, you will confess it and receive it. You must be able to visualize the promise of God in your mind’s eye. While it is true that “we walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7), you must remember that this biblical truth is referring to physical sight and physical senses. You must walk according to the promise of God but to do that, you must be able to imagine and visualize His promise coming to pass.
I heard a story of two great men of faith who were riding together in a car. As they were driving, they passed a large mansion off in the distance. It was a beautiful home that looked large enough that maids and butlers would be needed to keep it running. The yard was massive and well‑groomed with beautiful trees and shrubbery. When one of the ministers saw this beautiful estate, he spoke these words: “I can’t imagine living in a house like that.” The other minister instinctively made this statement: “You don’t have to be concerned about it. You never will.”
Why would he make such a statement? It’s because if he couldn’t imagine it, then he couldn’t believe for it. We only receive what we believe and without belief there is no faith.
God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17 (KJV)
I call this biblical principle “calling those things that be not as though they were.” What this means is simply this: you speak the promise that you don’t see physically as though you do see it physically. But in order to do this, you must visualize it first as a completed promise in your mind. Otherwise, you will never speak it from your heart.
I recently heard the testimony of a woman who was legally blind and wore glasses that were as thick as the bottom of a Coke bottle. She had been prayed for many times by many different ministers, always with disappointing results to the point she didn’t want to be prayed for again. A healing evangelist came to her church, and on the last night of the meetings, he called for her to come and receive prayer. She reluctantly left her seat and walked to the front of the church.
The minister asked her if she wanted to regain her sight. “Of course!” she replied. He said to her, “Take off your glasses. I am going to pray for you, and then I want you to tell me if you can see.” So he laid his hands on her and prayed for her, then said, “Now, can you see?” She started to open her eyes, and he said to her, “Close your eyes! I didn’t tell you to open your eyes!” So she closed her eyes. He said to her, “Can you see now? Again she started to open her eyes. This time he said to her, “I did not tell you to open your eyes! Close your eyes and don’t open them. You’ve got to see yourself seeing before you can see.”
The woman was beginning to understand what the minister was asking her to do. So she kept her eyes closed and began to see herself seeing in her mind’s eye. She took the time to imagine what it would look like for her to be able to see. Then she opened her eyes, and her eyes were completely healed. She could see!
At creation, God spoke and commanded, and all of creation came into existence. He knew what He wanted and although it didn’t exist physically, it did exist in His mind. Then He spoke it and it came to pass.