Can real miracles and wonders be
expected to occur in the church today?
Yes. Genuine miracles will occur in response to prayer
and faith placed in the promises of God's Word. God's power is as potent
today as it was in the days of the early apostles. "Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever" (Heb. 13:8). Indeed, God has raised up
specific, anointed individuals, who have been used mightily in gifts of
miracles and healings (1 Cor. 12:9-10). However, the miraculous is not
confined to a select few, but will follow the sincere prayer of any
Christian who will believe the Word, as James wrote, "The effective, fervent
prayer of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16). Any follower of Christ
can believe what the Bible says, with the expectation for God to answer
prayers and bring miracles in accordance to scripture. "...these signs will
follow those who believe..." (Mark 16:17).
For many years of my early ministry, I preached the
full Gospel of Jesus Christ, leading many people to Christ, praying for the
sick and oppressed and seeing a great many miracles. But I regret to say
that miracles have never been commonplace. I had come to accept this as a
matter of fact, until the first time that I traveled overseas to minister in
a third-world nation. On this missionary journey, I was startled by the
spiritual hunger of the people and their eagerness to place their faith in
the Gospel that I preached. But most amazing, as I prayed for the sick,
nearly every person was healed. There were many other miracles. In a few
days, I was teaching the new converts to lay their hands on the sick, and
they began to see miracles too.
These events were so remarkable that I was in awe for
days. It was as if I was living in the book of Acts! Yet I and my preaching
was no different than it had been back in the states. My prayer life was not
any more intense, nor did I feel that my faith was any stronger. But I saw
abundant results and miracles unlike anything I had ever seen before. At
first I could find no explanation for this great contrast. But I later began
to realize that there was a difference in the way the people believed. These
simple people had a simple faith. They didn't debate or rationalize, they
simply believed what the Bible said.
Many people have a great hunger to see miracles today.
But unfortunately, some tend to run after the signs and wonders more than
they seek the "Lord" of the miracles. The truth is, the miraculous can
happen in any church with any group of believers, if they will seek God's
face and believe on His Word. Jesus said, "And all things, whatever you ask
in prayer, believing, you will receive" (Matt. 21:22).
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