I enjoy watching TV shows about unexplained mysteries of our world. The universe in which God created is mind-boggling! This weekend, I saw a show concerning prayer. The one-hour program featured case studies of situations where prayer caused "miracles". For instance, one segment featured a 6-year old boy who was run-over by a car. He had internal injuries, and the X-rays showed his entire pelvis was crushed. His prognosis was not good. Doctors did not give him much chance for survival, and they explained that if he did survive, he probably would never walk again. His family called their minister and several friends to come to the hospital. They held a special prayer meeting for the youngster in the waiting room. God heard their prayer and responded with a miracle! Not only did the boy survive, he also made a complete recovery with absolutely no limitations on his walking ability. Doctors were stunned!
I was baffled by the discussion that followed. The doctors and "experts" tried to explain why the boy made such a turn-around. They believed that the prayer did help. But they did not believe it was a prayer to God that made the difference. They said the prayer was just a form of "positive thinking", and that positive thinking did the trick. Some brain "expert" said the positive thinking released certain healing chemicals into the boy's body. So in their estimation, prayer does help to make drastic changes in the body, but only because of the effects it has on the mind. It is so sad to me that even when God chooses to save a person's life, some people still ignore it and dismiss it as simple "Science". Prayer does change things. But it is much more than just positive thinking! It is the One and only True God that makes the difference. He is still in the miracle business. Yes, He can work through doctors and scientists, and He has given those people a lot of knowledge that helps us everyday. But let's not forget that it is God that is at the center of it all. He deserves all the Glory!
Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us come boldly unto the throne of God, that we may obtain mercy, and find Grace to help in time of need."
Father, we thank you for miracles. As our knowledge of our world continues to grow, help us to never forget that it is You at the center. In Jesus name, Amen.