Daniel 3:18 – “But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Have you ever participated in the elementary school science experiment, where you trace the way shadows shift their position and length dependent upon the position of the sun? This is the imagery that James uses to describe what our God is NOT like—for He does not change like shifting shadows based upon different times and circumstances.
The “Even if” is an unconditional statement where our response to the Lord is still to be the same regardless of the outcome, for God does not change like shifting shadows.
Practically this means that even if God doesn’t heal us when we go up for prayer, we will still believe that God is able and willing to heal. It also means that we are to respond to the Lord each time with the same faith and expectation that He is able and willing to heal us. For there is no issue (sickness/illness) that we are to consider/view as being outside of Christ’s atonement and salvation. Therefore, in times of prayer we are not to vacillate, but to firmly believe that our God is the One who heals and delivers us. Today pray declaring “even if” statements before the Lord.