Miracles and the Heart of God

m i r a c l e s :) wow. So much power in the word. And yet I think we also don’t realize the weight of it all.

God does miracles. Today. In this time and in this place. And they are beautiful. They are simple and small; they are wild and fierce. Both / And. And yet we sit in the tension. The tension of being a citizen of heaven, knowing the power of the Kingdom inside of us. And pouring out the vision and hope and pure dependency onto the paper of prayers and knowing our God can do them, but often feeling as though they’re nothing more than words that just can’t quite jump off of the page.

When I think about praying for things like healing and miracles, I think it could be easy to get discouraged since it’s not something I see every day, but it is something I pray for regularly. And I won’t sit here and lie to you and say that I’ve never been discouraged. However, I also believe deeply in the process of praying for the big things.

When we pray for miracles and healing and to see supernatural occurrences in the natural, if we give God space to be God, we cannot help but draw near to Him and to grow deeper in our trust for Him. Because if we pray for a miracle, and then we see it happen, we, of course, are going to trust God because we are seeing Him move in a way that could only be Him! And when we pray for healing but don’t see the miracle, it’s an opportunity to trust Him and His goodness even if we don’t see the outcome that we would like.

When we build this history with God, it builds intimacy and trust and actual relationship with Him. And connection with Him is genuinely the best gift we can receive.

So that in itself is enough reason to press into praying for miracles. However, when we pray for miracles and healing, we get to experience beautiful aspects of the heart of God. In prayer for miracles, God gives us a taste of His love and compassion for others. And it is overwhelming because it is so good and unlike anything else in this world. It is unmatched by our strongest emotion. It is so much better than what we taste and see on this side of Heaven. When we pray in partnership with His compassion and mercy, we encounter the heart of God.
 
In my time following God, I have seen many of these prayers go unanswered. But I have had the opportunity to draw near to God each time. And I am thankful that these circumstances have brought me into His loving arms instead of running from Him because of false perceptions. And when you experience His goodness (even in the heartbreak and the hard stuff), that gives you the strength to keep praying for a miracle because you want others to see this goodness as well.

And then there have been times when I have seen healing. And in those moments it’s beautiful because you get to see others experience the compassion of God that you’ve been experiencing in all those times of prayer.

So, my encouragement to you is to trust God. Keep praying. Keep seeking. And allow yourself to feel the love and affection and compassion of God even before you know if you will see the miracle. Because I think that that will make all of the difference.

Author | Hannah Cole

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