I received an e-mail from a friend regarding someone they know who has cancer and is scheduled for chemotherapy. The request in the e-mail was to pray for a miracle. Here is some of what she said
We believe God works miracles. We are not kooky, foolish people. We just believe God’s Word is for today, for our lives, and works to help meet our needs. Is anything too hard for the God of all creation?
While I read the patient’s blog and their comments, I began to think about this whole miracle thing. Not that I do not believe in miracles today, it’s just that often times we pray for miracles when in actuality our prayers should be for God’s will to be done. After all, isn’t that what will happen anyway?
If we pray for a miracle, what we are really praying for is that God would change His mind regarding this person’s condition. They have cancer, it is terminal even with chemotherapy, so is it God’s sovereign will that she die now. That her “time is up”, as they say. If nature ran it’s course the answer is obviously yes. So praying for a miracle is praying to change the mind of God and postpone things until a later time.
Now I have no idea what is going to happen. I certainly have no idea of the mind of God. His plan may be to bring people together in a sense of unity and love – take away the woman’s cancer, which was His will in the first place – and teach others of His sovereignty – His eternal power over life and death. Then again, in spite of all the prayers and all the petitions to God, the woman dies.
If she dies, does that then mean that God does not do miracles? That He chose to ignore the prayer’s of His children? That He would not and could not change His mind? That miracles are for “then” not “now”? That the people praying did not have enough faith?
This is hard. There is nothing easy about it? Would the victory be in the “miracle” or is the victory and real testimony in how the woman faces her death? It is a mystery indeed.
If you are interested in following the story, you can do so here.
“Oh give thanks to the LORD for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 107:1)