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Prayer and Miracles

That God answers prayer is a miracle.  The God of the universe, who made all things by the power of His word (Genesis 1:3), listens to us fallen creatures who were created in His image (Genesis 1:26-27) but are now tainted by sin and separated from Him (Isaiah 59:2).  That He bends down to hear us is amazing.  He could have turned His back on His creation when Adam fell or He could have simply destroyed us humans at that very point but He chose in His love to send His Son to die for our sins (Genesis 3:15; 1 Peter 1:20-21).  What amazing love and what a God who loves us despite our sins, despite our failures, despite our flesh.  That He hears us is amazing unto itself but that He not only hears but answers is simply amazing to this sinful vessel.

As we approach the throne of God in prayer, does the Bible give us warrant to pray for miracles?  Can we pray for the sick to be healed or any other miracles that would overcome the laws of nature and bring the supernatural power of God into our world?  I believe the disciples in Acts prayed this way in Acts 4:29-30 where we read:

29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

The disciples prayed for three things.  First they prayed for the Lord to look upon their threats and grant them the boldness to speak His Word despite the persecution to come.  The disciples knew that God knew what was coming in terms of persecution see that believed in His foreknowledge (Acts 4:28).  The disciples knew that God could grant them the power they needed to face such opposition.

Secondly, the disciples prayed for God to stretch out His hand to heal and that signs and wonders be done.  This is an amazing prayer because we tend to avoid praying this way.  We think it would be theologically inaccurate to pray such a prayer but here the disciples boldly prayed for God to do miracles.  We should pray this way as well.  We should pray for the power of God to be manifested to reveal to the lost that Jesus Christ is alive, that He reigns, and that He the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  Our purpose in praying for miracles should be clear: that Jesus be glorified.  We see this all in the book of Acts (see Acts 3:11-16; 4:8-12; 5:12-16; 6:8; 8:4-8; 9:32-35; 14:3).

Lastly is the most important and that is that the disciples prayed for these miracles to be done through the name of God’s servant Jesus.  Jesus had said that if we asked anything in His name, the Father would do it (John 14:12-14).  The disciples were not merely asking God to grant signs and wonders for the sake of seeing miracles.  Their focus (as ours should as well) was upon the name of Jesus.  The name of Jesus is what saves sinners (Acts 4:12).  Paul wrote in Romans 10:14-17:

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

The name of Jesus is what brings sinners to repentance.  The name of Jesus is the name that brings salvation from sin (Acts 2:21, 38).  The name of Jesus is the only name by which we can be saved.  The reason that God answers prayer is not only because of His love for us but also the glory of His name.  Jesus is to be exalted.  Jesus is to be praised and He is praised when His people preach His name and proclaim His salvation and glorify Him through our praying.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/19/2013 at 9:01 AM

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