29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,
30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.
Some believers think the supernatural power to work signs and wonders died with the apostles. However, there is no biblical basis to support this view. We can read how the Apostle James commanded church leaders to pray for the sick and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14). He did it to reveal to the believers the authority and power they have in Christ to bring His healing to others.
Jesus Himself promised us that whenever we preach the gospel, He will confirm it with signs, wonders and many other extraordinary things (Mark 16:20). This explains why the disciples didn’t shirk away in the face of persecution and threats. Instead, they prayed with the expectation that they will receive boldness to both proclaim the supernatural wisdom and perform the supernatural work of the gospel. And God honoured their prayer by showing up in a very real and mighty way.
Often, I have been asked why we don’t see miracles today—like what we read in the Bible.
The truth is, many believers have allowed themselves to become disconnected in their relationship with God. Jesus Himself told us the reason why He was able to do all those great things was that He did what the Father was doing (John 5:19). This means Jesus was in constant communion with God, and He gave us an example to follow. And if we truly acknowledge God as our Father, then we cannot stay as a passive spectator, but to really get involved as an active participant in God’s great work of salvation.
Right now, you do not have less than what Jesus and the early disciples had with God.
If you feel you don’t have the courage or confidence to step out in faith and believe that you can minister to the needs for others, ask for boldness and then look for opportunities to pray for the sick and rest in God to do what only He can do.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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