But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26
Jesus said these words to his disciples who doubted that sinful men could be saved. As Christians, we have heard and read about miracles that happened in the Bible. It is easy to become lazy and surmise that miracles don’t happen in our life time. But for Christians, we can open our eyes daily to find miracles. As Christians, we live in the Kingdom of God. Thinking about our tiny planet suspended in just the right place in our solar system, held precisely by gravity, with just the perfect mix of temperatures, gases, and elements for human survival did not happen by chance. We know it didn’t. The existence of humans and other life forms on this planet is mere child’s play for God. Nothing to it.
Water droplets that turn to beautiful snowflakes, seeds emerging from frozen ground, waves echoing their sighs as they come and go on the shore, and galaxies of stars we see each night, remind us of the power of God. We can also open our eyes to see sunrises, the birth of our children and grandchildren, love between spouses that lasts a lifetime, and we know we are witnessing miracles. But, like the disciples, we still have doubts and insecurities about our faith. We pray for signs. We pray for God to work in our lives.
So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe” John 4:48
This week, I witnessed a miracle and the true power of prayer. My mother laid with her eyes closed in her hospital bed for four days with “no response”. On the fourth day, the family called on all prayer warriors. Congregations scattered across the state, Bible study groups, friends, relatives, and my Dad’s Marine Corps buddies (more than 500 responded), all asked for God to leave her with us on earth. We prayed that she would pull through. We prayed for strength. We prayed for God’s will to be done, whatever that might be, and that she would feel no pain.
On the fifth day, we entered the hospital room to find Mom not only awake but sitting up! Her speech was intact and, we soon found out, so was her humor! But her first remarks to us were: “A great hand woke me up. I know that I am only here because of prayer; that is all it could be.”
For nothing will be impossible with God Luke 1:37
I am thankful she is here and thankful for the miracle of prayer. She is still fighting to get stronger and we pray she will be released from the hospital in a few days. And after all of the tears of pain, heartbreak, and joy this week, I cannot help but wonder if the miracle happened, not only to heal Mom, but also so we could witness God’s work and once again have our own faith strengthened.
And whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive if you have faith Matthew 21:22
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