Miracles: Taking Requests

Loving someone who has cancer has made me suddenly aware of how many other people there are who also love someone with cancer.

 

And how many other people who must be praying for a miracle.

 

Sometimes I wonder how God can handle it. Day after day, night after night, cries for miracles rising to heaven. Cries for healing of incurable disease. Cries for food and shelter, for love. For freedom from abuse or oppression. Cries for children, education and opportunity. And cries from people who lost someone or something before the miracle came.

 

It’s overwhelming. Where does my request for a miracle fit in with all the others? Am I any more deserving, more notable, than anyone else?

 

Of course not.

 

But it is my privilege as a child of God to be bold with my requests. Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, certainly was. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the night before He was crucified, Jesus asked God for a miracle. Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me Yet, not what I will, but what You will.

 

In essence, this was God’s answer: It’s not possible to forgive the sins of mankind unless You drink this cup. You are the miracle.

 

And so, Jesus was willing. Because of His death and resurrection, we can experience the miracle of forgiveness—every day. That miracle includes the freedom to stand before God cleansed, unashamed, and emboldened to express the deepest cries of our hearts.

 

“Therefore,” Hebrews says, “since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God…let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

The resurrected Jesus sits on the throne of grace, and He is taking requests—including requests for miracles. He can handle it all, because He Himself, in every way, is the miracle. All who know Him can be confident that every time we come, He will give us exactly what we need.

 

 

One Response to “ “Miracles: Taking Requests”

  1. John Aaron says:

    Thanks for this Joanne. Very uplifting. Hoping you are well and praying God will perform a miracle for your mother! See you when you return. Have a Happy Thanksgiving with the family.

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