The Third Miracle Meeting

Then in the evening was our third miracle meeting.  Just as the meeting was about to begin, two of the high school age boys whom I had grown close to in September came to visit.  This is the first time I met them since returning to India.  They said that they have still been praying.  I asked them if they have seen any miracles since September.  They told me that one time Ankit had hurt himself in school and Sanjeev prayed.  Ankit was instantly healed.  However, aside from that time, they had not seen any miracles.  I asked them how many miracles they had prayed for since September.  They said, “None.”  This is so telling of people today.  We often doubt God’s miracle-working ability.  Or, we are despondent that we do not see miracles.  But, how often do we pray for miracles?  We serve a miracle working God.  If we pray for miracles…then from experience I know, we will see miracles.

At this meeting, the message was from John 5:2-8:

2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

From this miracle, we can learn many things.  The four points I expounded on during the meeting were: (1) Just like in the multitude of people Jesus saw the man and his need, in the same way, no matter how many people are in this world, God still sees us and knows our needs.  We are not insignificant in His eyes; (2) We have to come to a point that we want to be healed (meaning, we have to overcome any fear or complacency that may have taken over our minds); (3) Just like the man at the pool had no man who could help him, we should look to no man to help us.  When we go directly to the Lord, He will do what no man can do; (4) We should not look to the circumstances, nothing is impossible or too difficult for our Lord.  The man had been sick for 38 year…but Jesus healed him in an instant.  Many people, when we pray for them, they say, “I have had this ailment for many years.  It will take time to heal.”  No…if the Lord can heal a man who has been sick for 38 years in the blink of an eye, he can heal each one of us instantly as well.

Ankit, Sanjeev, Mukesh, Mr. Mehta, his niece Sonali, my cousin’s wife Roma Bhabhi, and her sister Nidhi Bhabhi attended the meeting.

After the prayer meeting was over, a tailor came over to discuss stitching some clothes with us.  I had the opportunity to testify to him.  I have learned that it is our job to plant seeds.  The Lord will water them and cause them to spring up in His time.

Scripture for the Day:
 
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.  24 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.  I Chronicles 16:23-24.

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