Posts tagged ‘miracles’
In response to a previous post, Marcel made the following comment:
You know why the Jews spent 40 years in the desert ? Because just like Atheists they refused to have faith. The truths they heard [were] of no value to them because they did not combine it with faith.
In Hebrews 4:2 (New International Version), Paul says “For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.”
What makes the answer so troubling is the fact that this generation had so much evidence of God’s leading. Go back over the story of the Exodus and of what happened to them in the desert. God performed miracle after miracle, everything from the parting of the Red Sea to the daily provision of the manna. And yet, they still lacked faith!
It is pointless to know the truths of the Bible if you decide to lack faith and refuse to ask for it. Jesus said you can pray for faith.
Generally, when Christians pray to God for the healing of a sick friend or loved one, they do not ask for a miraculous healing. Christians usually ask God for a quick recovery or for God to guide the hands and skill of the surgeon, in the case of a serious illness. They rarely ever pray for an actual miraculous intervention of the supernatural.
However, all the healing miracles recorded in the Bible were instantaneous healings with the exception of only one that I can think of – where Jesus needed two tries to fully heal a blind man. There is no prayer in Scripture, that I know of, that asks to help the faithful do well on tests, help with a speedy recovery from a broken bone, or healing of a bad head cold. No, prayer in Scripture is almost always answered by Miraculous Divine Intervention. And Jesus promised his disciples that God would heal through them, and perform any number of miracles…