You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
At different points in our lives, the situation looks hopeless. This was true for my friend Bonnie. Bonnie had a stroke while waterskiing, and though hundreds were praying, the situation looked dire. The morning after Bonnie had her stroke, I woke early in the morning to pray for her. Honestly, my heart was in the pit of doubt and darkness. I stayed on my knees for a long time weeping and begging God to heal my friend. After a few hours, I sensed the Holy Spirit prompt my heart: “Becky, I want you to shift your prayers to praise. Praise Me for the healing I am doing in Bonnie’s life.”
“God is still the God of miracles. Nothing is impossible for Him.”
Huh? I wasn’t sure I understood correctly. But I turned on the song “I Raise a Hallelujah” and began—by faith— praising God with all my might. What happened was nothing short of miraculous! Despite the doctor’s prognosis that she wouldn’t survive the night after her stroke, Bonnie began showing signs of responsiveness that next morning. In the following days and weeks, she would gradually begin the long journey toward recovery. Her physical therapists have said to her, “Your recovery is amazing and remarkable given the severity of the stroke.” Bonnie’s story is being used by God in mighty ways that I can’t even describe. Through her long journey, Bonnie and her husband, Jim, have praised God. Their new normal is a testimony to many of the faithfulness of God.
Now, I want to be clear. God doesn’t always heal this side of heaven. And praise should not be manipulative in nature to get our way. Praise brings our hearts into a place of trusting the Lord for whatever outcome He brings. He calls us to praise Him by faith in advance of Him working. Having said that, God is still the God of miracles. Nothing is impossible for Him. When we choose to praise Him by faith, He stirs up deeper faith in our hearts.
The psalmist wrote, “You are the God who performs miracles” (Ps. 77:14). In another psalm we read, “Who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations” (Ps. 65:6–7). When the situation feels hopeless, remember that God is the almighty God who lacks nothing. Praise Him by faith. His plan might not look like what you’re expecting, but His character remains the same. He is still almighty God, with whom nothing is impossible.
Bow before Him and worship!
by Becky Harling
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