November 21, 2022
MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!
Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.
When we are struggling with an illness or fighting pain, it’s hard to stay on track and keep believing. People may pray, but nothing happens. The tendency is to say, “forget that prayer stuff because it doesn’t work!” Understandable but that decision is going down the wrong path. The New Testament relates a number of stories about the importance of endurance when struggling to find a touch of God’s empowerment. The 18th chapter of Luke begins with the parable of the Persistent Widow. The text indicates that the parable was given to instruct the disciples always to pray and never give up.
Here’s an example of what endurance can bring.
Margaret McGuire knew about and believed in healing ministry. She discovered a tumor between the toes of the tarsal arch in her left foot. The pain felt like she had been touched by a red-hot iron. The sting lingered for months. As she was getting ready for bed and a night’s sleep, Margaret decided that she was going to give this condition to the Lord no matter how long it took to receive her healing. She began praising and thanking God.
The pain only continued to hurt with fury. Nevertheless, she kept praying.
Margaret particularly kept thanking God that he would heal her problem and remove the pain. Nothing seemed to be happening, but she kept thanking God. She especially praised the Lord for this love and His faithfulness. No matter what lingered, Margaret kept thanking Him for His love and faithfulness.
Margaret’s prayer and praise continued into the evening without ceasing. She was determined that she would not stop until the pain disappeared. Like the Persistent Widow, she didn’t quit.
Her prayers of thanksgiving turned into only prayers of praise. Suddenly the pain was gone! The throbbing vanished. Her need had been met!
You could argue that her intercessions simply cut off the pain from reaching her mind. Doubters always have some alternative explanation. However, don’t try that on Margaret. She’s the one who demonstrated that the parable about persistence paid off.
When struggling, don’t give up. Just remember that Miracles never cease.
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