Number 39 in the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of Jesus that show us the awesome blessings we can experience each day. I hope it encourages you!
Let’s be honest. There are times we all need a miracle.
I mean some challenges just seem impossible. And we’d really like God’s intervention even if we’re not sure we believe in it.
Frankly, I’ve prayed for people and seen miracles. Hey, I’ve seen miracles in my own life.
But I’ve also prayed and nothing miraculous happened. Or at least I never saw it.
So I’ve often wondered, “What’s the difference? Why sometimes a miracle and sometimes seemingly zilch?”
In addition I’ve seen some super saints prayed for and nothing.
And I’ve seen some who would at best be considered marginally spiritual and boom something amazing happen.
Yet, what concerns me also is what comes out of that.
Sometimes people give up. They think, “It’s all bogus or I just don’t have enough faith.”
Or the other side, “Hey, I prayed and God answered exactly like I asked. Wow, this is so cool.” And it is right up until God doesn’t pop out of the bottle next time like they expect.
So it’s left me wondering, “What are the keys to seeing a miracle?”
This story of Jesus I think shows us some.
Two blind men are following Jesus as he’s walking and they keep yelling, “Son of David, have mercy on us! Heal us!”
Jesus ignores them and finally enters a house.
They barge in begging him again.
Jesus says, “Do you believe I can do this?”
They respond, “Yes Lord.”
Jesus says, “According to your faith it will be done to you.”
Then he touched their eyes and they were healed instantly.
I see a few keys in this story.
First, they believed Jesus was the Messiah. They called him by the name that was commonly used to refer to the promised Messiah.
Second, they relied on the promises from scripture about the Messiah healing. They based their belief on what was actually written not just their own hopes.
Third, they didn’t dictate to Jesus how they wanted to be healed. They just asked for his healing.
Fourth, they persisted when it seemed Jesus ignored them. Jesus wasn’t ignoring them there were just reasons he didn’t want to work the miracle out in the street.
Fifth, they truly believed God could and would heal them.
And God worked the miracle just as he promised. They got an answer just as we can.
Miracles aren’t seen because of formulas but there are keys.
What keys would you add?
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