Are you as fascinated with the miraculous healing power of God as I am?
I can relate to the crowds, who gathered around Jesus when He walked the earth, seeking His healing touch. Years ago, when my infant son was diagnosed with kidney disease – I was drawn to Jesus for healing as well. When my little boy was miraculously healed after being prayed over by a priest with the charism of healing, I became increasingly passionate about the power of healing prayer.
This experience transformed my faith from “waiting in hope” to “experiencing God’s power first hand” – it was awe inspiring and only drew me closer to the Lord, through good times and bad. Nine years later, I am an avid student of faith with an increasingly strong desire to share it with others.
One message that I want to get across in my writing is the simplest most fundamental truth that I think we need reminders of: God STILL heals and performs miracles through His people today.
In the Gospel of Mark chapter 16 verse 17, Jesus said “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
If we really believe what Jesus says in this gospel, I think we should raise the bar of our expectations of what God can accomplish through us if we devote our lives to Him.
If we really believe, I think we should naturally expect to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit including the ability to pray in tongues, perform healing miracles and even cast out the powers of darkness. If we really believe in Jesus and what He said – as Christians, this gospel clearly tells us we should expect to be able perform miracles.
If we’re not experiencing signs and wonders at this point of our faith journey, I think we should take this scripture as an admonition to pray for even greater faith and outpouring of the Spirit of God.
In verse 18, we clearly how Jesus kept His promise to His disciples: “After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.”
If the original disciples were able to perform miracles in Christ’s name, why can’t we modern Christians? The answer is: We Can, and We Do, and more of us need, at least if we’re going to heal the growing brokenness in our hearts and communities.
In Luke Chapter 18 verse 8, Jesus said “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth.” That’s a good question! Clearly, faith is very difficult, or we’d see more of it these days – it’s much easier to believe in all the darkness we see around us.
Please accept this prayer as my small offering to help you increase faith in the God of Miracles, who is active with us this day:
Jesus, I need Your help! I believe in You, but at the same time I fail to believe You could work through someone as ordinary as me. I want to trust You more, and I want to do Your work in the world like You asked us to. Please search my soul, and clear out any old fears and doubts I’ve been holding onto, whether I’m aware of them or not. Give me the grace of an open heart, so I can fully receive the graces You have for me. I invite You to pour the fullness of Your spirit of hope, truth and love into me. Give me the courage to receive Your gifts of healing, miracles, praying in tongues and any other special grace You have for me. Fill me with a steadfast faith, so I can use these gifts to glorify You and draw others into a deeper relationship with You. Please protect the highest plans You have for my life, and guide me in Your ways always. Thank You, Praise You, and Amen.