One Sunday morning we heard a heartbreaking story of a little boy whose body would no longer support his soul. As a group, we went to the Lord in prayer for this young soul. Some prayed for his parents to have strength for this trial while others prayed for the little boy to be relieved of pain. Suddenly, a pastor began to add his prayers: prayers for deliverance, for complete healing, for a miracle. I don't know why we were shocked by his prayer. But, for some reason, we had all accepted the inevitable and had abandoned hope of complete recovery for this child. Did we no longer believe that God performs miracles?
Yes, of course, He DID many miracles in the past, but miracles seem so rare these days that I'm afraid we've stopped believing in His power. God has made it clear in His word and by His actions that miracles are not always the way He answers prayers. How He decides when to suspend the course of nature is beyond our comprehension. I'd rather pray for something that I know will have a sure answer than venture into the unknown of miracles. Perhaps this is just a picture of my heart, but I would guess there are plenty of other Christians who have become cynical about miracles. So, I held my breath when I heard my pastor's prayer for a miracle.
The next week we heard an amazing story. The boy was completely healed. No one could deny that God had intervened. Only God knows why He chose to heal this boy and not others. But, I wonder if He wasn't injecting new hope into our body of believers. A sense of elation that God cares about the least of us, even when He doesn't perform miracles. A window into all that God can do for us.
I was convicted that I had an unbelieving heart. I am still aware that miracles are not common occurances, but I want to have faith that dares to hope for the supernatural.
"Miracles have happened when God's people come together in prayer."
Billy Graham ~
Crystelle at Beloved Mama is our hostess for this week's "In other words."