Then he came down with them and stood on a level place. And a large number of his disciples had gathered along with a vast multitude from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. They came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases, 18 and those who suffered from unclean spirits were cured. 19 The whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power was coming out from him and healing them all.
When reading this piece of scripture, I often think about the amount of people who came to Jesus just to get healed. Many times the people just wanted to get healed and not change their lives. This reminds me of the healing waters of Bethesda. People just wanted their miracle healing and then to go back to their daily routines. Some people were looking up to Jesus as a magician instead of the Son of God that he is. As the crowds came, regardless of their intensions Jesus did not turn them away and they were all healed.
From my past experiences, many people first turn to God when something dramatic occurs in their life and they know it is out of their hands. They tend to seek spiritual instruction for resolution in their lives. As a matter of fact, when researching the most common prayers people make to God was prayers of supplication. However, God is not some sort of cosmic magician here to do miracles for us when we want or even feel that we deserve them. When we pray to God it should not be just because we need something. When we pray to God it should not be just for something, but a reminder that we submit to Him as our Master. After all, we are here to serve Him and not the other way around.
I have met some people in the past who said that they “used to be Christians,” but their prayers were not answered so they stopped believing in God. This is a wrong mindset to have and it honestly reminds me of my children when they have a tantrum. There are crowds of people that follow Jesus, but is their heart truly His or are they wanting a miracle? If you turn to God and then by the love of His grace get your miracle and then turn back to your old sinful ways then you are not honoring our Heavenly Father.
God reaches out for each and everyone of us, however, there is a lot more to God then just praying for petitions or supplications. How many times a day do you pray? How do you pray? Do you know the different types of prayers that are taught biblically? If you are not certain in these answers I would love to share the different types of prayers so we can all reflect upon our prayer life. There is always room for improvement!
Prayers of adoration: Praise, bless Jesus as Lord – Believing He is in control.
Prayers of confession: When we confess our sins – seeking God’s mercy. Then we admitting we have a need for God. *Un-confessed sin can stand in the way of our other prayers.*
Prayers of thanksgiving: Thanking our God for all he has done for us and all He means to us.
Prayers of intercession: Prayers for someone else.
Prayers of affirmation: Is when we affirm what God says in His word, the Bible.
Listening prayers: When we open our hearts and minds to hear from God.
Prayers of meditation: Thinking deep about something with total focus on God over that situation.
This is not a devotional about prayers, I just wanted to share some different types of prayers there are to improve our prayer life. What this lesson is about God not being a magician. Just because we pray and they are not answered right away or at all does not mean God is not real or that He does not care for us. God knows each and every need in your life and sometimes the answer is “no” for some of our prayers. It is not for us to guess why or even get upset at God. It is what it is. Sometimes the Lord has something much better down the road or the right people are not in the right place to help you. I have learned this over time as I have grown in Christ and grown spiritually mature. This does not mean I am perfect by any means, I just question less and submit more to Him. I say this because in the end of the day God is not our personal magician. If you follow Him it should be for the right reasons and with the right heart. Don’t go chasing a miracle just because you have seen one done for someone else.
I just want everyone to focus on why we are Christians and why we follow God. Don’t let it be just for a healing, just because you get one like Jesus gave to the crowds does not mean you are fixed spiritually. I pray that everyone has a blessed day and God bless you all!