I love signs and wonders! I love it when people are healed supernaturally; delivered from cancer, wheelchairs or addictions. I love dreams and visions when people experience a revelation of God so strong, it changes everything.
Sometimes, the kingdom of God enters a person’s life in power.
Over the years, I’ve prayed for a lot of people. I’ve seen more than a few miracles and celebrated each and every one, but I don’t always see the miracles.
For months, my friends and I prayed for a friend who was struggling with cancer. In the end, the cancer took her life and we were all heartbroken.
Did I believe God could heal her? Absolutely.
Did he heal her? Well, I suppose in a different way. I mean, he took her home and I’m sure she doesn’t have cancer in heaven. Still, it’s not the healing I wanted.
So was I stupid to pray for her healing? Of course not.
You have not because you ask not. So we asked. Why wouldn’t we? We wanted our friend to be healed. What’s wrong with asking?
Did we believe? Doesn’t everyone?
Really, don’t we all believe that the great God of the universe has the power to heal someone of cancer? If we believe in God, then we must believe he has such power.
Are we sure he’ll do it just because we pray?
No, of course not. He’s God, we’re not.
So does that mean we shouldn’t pray?
I really don’t think so. I think God invites us to pray for the things we desire and to trust him for the outcomes.
I’m going to keep praying for sick people to be healed and for people who are struggling to experience a revelation of God. I’m going to keep asking for dreams and visions, signs and wonders, miracles. Why wouldn’t I?
And along with those prayers, I’m going to keep asking for comfort for those who mourn, freedom for those who are in bondage, vision for those who are blind – and me, in all of those places where I mourn, am in bondage and am blind. I hope someone’s praying for me, too.
Sometimes, the kingdom of God comes in power. And in some mystery we can’t understand, our prayers matter.
What are you praying for?