the miraculous era has pasted, how does God effect our lives”
(1) Of course, we realize that the
Bible itself can effect our lives when we open our hearts to
its influence. Its
inspired Word has much to say unto receptive hearts.
II Tim. 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by…”
(2) We are also drawn to the Heavenly Father as we
admire His handiwork in
nature. Psa. 19:1, “The
heavens declare the…” (3)
Also, we are affected by Christian
principles through the lives of those who faithfully live in
harmony with the teachings of the New Testament.
Matt. 5:16, “Let
your light so shine…”
Someone may be
inclined to say at this point, “All
of that is well and good, but if miracles no longer take place,
then why pray in behalf of the sick?”
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REASONS WHY WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO
PRAY FOR THOSE WITH PHYSICAL AILMENTS.
Our prayers should stress the importance for the person
sick to continue to place their trust in the true and living
It will help them to overcome anxiety.
careful for nothing; but in every thing by payer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known
unto God. And the
peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
By way of God’s grace, we are assured of a better life
Cor. 4:16-18, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet
the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the
things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not seen are eternal.”
ye then be risen with Christ,…”
Job had a
strong faith in God!
he slay me, yet will I trust him:
but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
He also shall be my salvation;…”
we know that all things…”
can do all things…”
my God shall supply…”
Our prayers should request that the Lord provide wisdom
to the doctors, the medical technicians, and nurses as they
administer to the sick person’s needs.
any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all
men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Pray that the patient will realize that their family,
brethren in Christ, and friends has his or her interest at
heart; but most of all that God cares.
Pet. 5:6-7, “Humble
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time: Casting
all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
1. They need a compelling desire and need to recover from
Phil. 1:21-24, “For to me to live is Christ,
and to die is gain. But
if I live in
the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour:
yet what I shall choose I wot not.
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to
depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for
Pray that their body will respond favorably to the
medical treatment and that its natural immune system will help
to ward off the sickness.
We need to take care of our bodies so that they in turn
will take care of us.
beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,…”
Regardless of their physical wellbeing, their spiritual
needs must take precedence because it has to do with their
Pray with them that the Heavenly Father will forgive them
of their sins.
your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye
may be healed. The
effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Pray that God will providentially care for the ailing
We are not living in the era of miracles.
Nevertheless, the providence of God is still in effect.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MIRACLES AND THE
PROVIDENCE OF GOD?
A miracle is an effect in the physical realm that
supercedes the natural laws.
Whereas the providence of God is when a divine act works
directly through the natural laws.
An example of a miracle was the raising of Lazarus from
the dead for four days.
For a doctor to get a heart to beat again is not a
the physical signs referred to as the
vital signs are used to determine whether or not a person is
still alive, those signs are not the final verdict as to whether
a person has died physically.
The Biblical definition of physical death is as follows: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is
dead also” (James 2:26).
The classical example of an act of providence is found at
James 5:17-18 and First Kings 18:41-45.
Clouds were built up to bring rain.
When we pray for rain today, it is through the natural
laws that God answers our prayers.
us place confidence in the providence of God to answer our