miracles of healing

397 cure miracleIn our culture, the word miracle is often used quite lightly. If, for example, in the extension of a football match, a team still manages to shoot the winning goal surprisingly with a deflected 20-meter shot, then some TV commentators may speak of a miracle. In a circus performance, the director announces a fourfold miracle performance by an artist. Well, it is highly unlikely that these are miracles, but rather spectacular entertainment.

A miracle is a supernatural event that transcends nature's inherent ability, although CS Lewis, in his book of Wonders, points out that "miracles do not ... break the laws of nature. "When God does a miracle, he intervenes in natural processes in a way that only he can. Unfortunately, Christians sometimes mistakenly accept miracles. Some say, for example, that there would be more miracles if more people believed. But history shows the opposite - although the Israelites experienced many miracles worked by God, they lacked faith. As another example, some claim that all healings are miracles. However, many healings do not fit into the formal definition of miracles - many miracles are the result of a natural process. If we cut our fingers and see how it gradually heals, then this was a natural process that God has given to the human body. The natural healing process is a sign (of a demonstration) of the goodness of God our Creator. However, when a deep wound has instantly healed, we realize that God has performed a miracle - he intervened directly and supernaturally. In the first case we have an indirect sign and in the second a direct sign - both point to the goodness of God.

Unfortunately, there are some who abuse the name of Christ and even fake miracles to build a following. This is sometimes seen in so-called "healing services". Such an abusive practice of miraculous healings is not found in the New Testament. Instead, it reports on worship on the core issues of faith, hope, and the love of God, on which believers look for salvation, what they have learned through the proclamation of the gospel. However, the abuse of miracles should not diminish our appreciation for true miracles. Let me tell you about a miracle that I can witness for myself. I had joined the prayers of many others praying for a woman whose malignant cancer had already eaten away some of her ribs. She was under medical treatment and when she had anointed, she asked God for a healing miracle. The result was that no more cancer could be detected and their ribs grew! Her doctor told her it was a miracle and she should continue whatever she did. " She explained that it was not their doing, but that it was God's blessing. Some may claim that the medical treatment has made the cancer disappear and the ribs have regrown by itself, which is quite possible. Only, that would have taken a long time, but their ribs were restored very quickly. Because her doctor "could not explain" the rapid recovery, we conclude that God intervened and performed a miracle.

The belief in miracles is not necessarily directed against the natural sciences and the search for natural explanations does not necessarily indicate a lack of belief in God. When scientists make a hypothesis, they check for errors. If no errors can be detected in the investigations, then this speaks for the hypothesis. Therefore, we do not immediately consider the search for a natural explanation of a miraculous event as a rejection of the belief in miracles.

We all prayed for the healing of the sick. Some have been miraculously healed immediately, while others have gradually recovered naturally. In cases of wondrous healings, it did not depend on who or how many had prayed. The apostle Paul was not cured of his "thorn in the flesh," even though he had prayed for it three times. What matters to me is that when we pray for a miracle of healing, we leave it to our faith in the decision of God, if and when and how he will heal. We trust in Him to do what is best for us because we know that in His wisdom and goodness He takes factors that we can not recognize.

By praying for healing for a sick person, we show one of the ways in which we show love and compassion for the needy and connect with Jesus in his faithful intercession as our mediator and high priest. Some have misunderstood the instruction in James 5,14, which makes them hesitate to pray for a sick person, believing that only elders of the church are authorized to do so, or that an elder's prayer is somehow more effective than the prayers from friends or relatives. It seems that James has intended that by instructing the parishioners to call the elders for the anointing of the sick, it becomes clear that elders should act as servants for the needy. Bible scholars see the instruction of the apostle James as a reference to Jesus' sending of the disciples in groups of two (Mark 6,7), who "drove out many evil spirits and anointed many sick with oil and made them well" (Mark 6,13). [1]

When we pray for healing, one should not think that it is our job to somehow move God to act on His mercy. God's goodness is always a generous gift! Why then pray? Through prayer we participate in God's work in other people's lives, as well as in our lives, as God prepares us for what he will do according to his compassion and wisdom.

Let me take a note of consideration: If a person asks you for prayer support for a health problem and wishes it to remain confidential, then that wish should always be met. One should not mislead anyone into believing that the "chances" of healing are somehow proportional to the number of people praying for them. Such an assumption does not come from the Bible, but from a magical way of thinking.

In all considerations about healings, we must remember that God is the one who heals. Sometimes he miraculously heals, and the other time he naturally heals, which is already contained in his creation. In whatever way, all honor belongs to him. In Philippians 2,27, the apostle Paul thanked God for his mercy towards his friend and co-worker Epaphroditus, who was terminally ill before God healed him. Paul does not mention anything about a healing service or special person (involved). Instead, Paul simply praises God for the healing of his friend. That's a good example to follow.

Because of the miracle that I witnessed and another that I have learned from others, I am convinced that God is still healing at the present time. When we are sick, we have the freedom to ask someone in Christ to pray for us, to call the elders of our church, to anoint ourselves with oil, and to pray for our healing. Then it is our responsibility and our privilege to pray for others, asking God to heal, if it is his will, those of us who are sick and suffering. Whatever the case, we rely on God's answer and timetable.

In gratitude for God's healings,

Joseph Tkach

president
GRACE COMMUNION INTERNATIONAL


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