The Day of Miracles Is Not Past!
God is still alive, well and working just as powerfully as ever among those who trust in Him! “I am the Lord, I do not change” and “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8).
Jesus promised, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And these signs will follow those who believe … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (John 14:12; Mark 16:17-18). God is still in the business of repairing bodies that need it, as well as transforming hearts, minds and spirits.
The power of a touch
In Luke chapter 8 we read that one day Jesus was on His way to the house of a man whose daughter was gravely ill. The crowd was pressing around Him as usual. In the midst of the throng was a woman who had been sick for 12 years with a constant flow of blood. All that time she had gone from one doctor to another, but without success. She had spent every bit of her money on doctors and had suffered much from their treatments, yet the bleeding continued.
Desperate, the woman thought, Oh, if I could only touch Jesus, I know I would be healed!
Then, seeing Jesus afar off, she anxiously made her way towards Him. It wasn’t easy to get through the pushing, shoving mob of onlookers who were all trying to get as close to Jesus as they could, but she was driven by that thought. She just had to touch Him—even if only the edge of His garment!
Finally she came within reach and, stretching out her hand, she was able to barely touch His robe with her fingertips. No sooner had she touched Him than the bleeding that had plagued her for so long stopped completely. A warm and wonderful feeling of health and well-being swept through her body. She knew that after all these years of pain and suffering, she was healed at last!
Jesus paused for a moment. He had felt that healing power go out from Him. Turning to the crowd He asked, “Who touched Me?”
His disciples looked at Him with amazement, saying, “With all this great crowd pressing around You, You ask who touched You?”
But Jesus already knew who had touched Him. He turned to look upon the astonished woman.
Still trembling with the realization of what had happened, she fell at His feet and told Him her story. Lovingly and tenderly, as a father would speak to his child, Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole. Go in peace and be healed of your disease.” Jesus was making it clear to the entire crowd that touching His clothes had not made her whole—it had been her faith.
That woman had put her little bit of faith into action, and the result has echoed down through the centuries: “Your faith has made you whole!”
The faith connection
There is a lesson to be learned from this story, which we can apply to our lives today. Though many people converged on Jesus, why was it that at that moment only one received that powerful healing touch from God? Many of the others had merely been curious. They had simply wanted to see Jesus and hear what He had to say. But this woman believed in her heart that He could help her when all else had failed. So she pressed toward Him, full of faith, refusing to give up until she had made that personal contact with the Lord.
What an illustration of how prayer works! It’s not how long you pray or how much you pray that counts, but how much you believe. It’s like tuning into a station on a radio: When you finally make the right contact, the signal booms in loud and clear. Prayer is making contact between our human needs and God’s divine resources. All we’re doing when we pray is presenting our need and believing that God will answer and meet that need.
Anything wonderful can happen in that little margin of time when you don’t give up, but keep on believing and keep on praying! That frail, sickly woman had only enough strength to draw close to Jesus, but when she acted on her faith, she made contact with the Lord and received the answer to her prayer.
What a wonderful thing it is when we learn to contact God’s power through prayer! It is a spiritual seeking of that contact with His Spirit through obedience to His Word that gets results.
God’s healing is for you!
God is able to heal anything. He asks, “Is there anything too hard for Me, the God of all flesh?” (Jeremiah 32:27). Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).
The One who made us can certainly fix us! After all, if He’s God at all, He’s a God of miracles. If He created the entire universe and keeps it running, He can certainly repair our bodies when they need it. He is the great Healer, the mighty Renewer, the all-powerful Restorer—and He can heal us when we are sick!
All of God’s mighty power is just as real and present today as it was in the past. He will back up every promise He’s made to us in His Word. “There has not failed one word of all His good promises” (1 Kings 8:56). All the resources of Heaven are at our disposal. So let’s take God at His Word and believe that He will answer our prayers when we have a need!
Not all healings are instantaneous, of course, and sometimes He doesn’t answer our prayers for healing just the way we expect Him to, but He always has a good and loving reason for doing what He does. Sometimes He wants to test our faith before He will heal us. Sometimes He wants to humble us or teach us patience or some other lesson. Sometimes He wants us to first correct certain things we’re doing wrong. Whatever the reason, when it’s God’s time—when the conditions are ready to bring about the result He knows is best—He will answer.
Do you need healing? Have you been battling an illness, serious or otherwise? The Lord knows every part of your body—in fact, the Bible says that every hair of your head is numbered (Matthew 10:30)—and He wants to heal you. He wants to relieve your pain and suffering, and is just waiting for you to ask Him to!
When the poor leper came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean,” the Scripture says that Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.”—And immediately the man’s leprosy was cleansed (Matthew 8:2-3).
Jesus loves you, too, and He wants to help and heal you!?
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