"Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
In Matthew 21, we are told of a time when Jesus simply said to a fruit tree, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." Immediately, the fruit tree began to wither. The disciples were amazed. Jesus wasn't. He simply said, "Assuredly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
I, for one, believe in miracles. And just in case you missed that last sentence, I'm going to repeat it for you. I believe in miracles! The question is, do you? Perhaps you've seen a miracle in your life or the life of a friend, but with the passage of time, you've begun to discount it as a miracle. It feels safer to explain it away as the advancement of medical science, or as your exhaustive job search paying off, or as a friend simply stepping forward to help you out just in time. After all, it's easier to believe that we, or our fellow humans that we can touch and see, had something to do with our good fortune. For believing in miracles requires something more. It requires faith. You remember faith, that thing you profess in church, or perhaps did at one time. Faith, that belief in the unseen that Jesus asked of us time after time in the Gospels.
I'll never forget the day I came face to face with Jesus. No, He was not standing physically in front if me, but He was there. I said, "Jesus, if You're there, I need You. I need to know You are there. I need to know You are real." I can't explain what happened next but everything changed. I knew in that moment I was jumping into the pool of faith rather than just testing the water with my toe as I'd done from time to time.
Every day since, my eyes have been opened to miracle after miracle.
Jesus is real.
People can dance around it all they want, and continue to live lives on their own terms,
but if we do, we will be missing the greatest miracle of all
- eternal life with Him.
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Heavenly Father, here I am, Lord.
I believe in You.
In Jesus' name
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