You may want to look at the previous two blogs to understand this. We have been talking about World Views, miracles, healing, and the supernatural. And given what we said, let's now ask the question, how does all this effect our prayers? Well, as a result prayer is not our first choice, and when it is done, it many times is done with little confidence or assurance. And, like Mr. Lewis said, when a miracle does occur, it is not recognized as such. Now we have modern biblical scholars that look for the historical Jesus, and in doing so, many of them take out the miraculous or healing texts and regard them as fanciful exaggerations of simple-minded, unenlightened people. But the battle is not between science and faith, or the medical community and faith healers. The two are not mutually exclusive. Doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and such have great value in the Church and should be consulted and utilized as we seek God in healing. The fight is between a Biblical World View VS a Secular World View. We need to remember 1 Corinthians 4:20 which says, "the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power"
An American pastor, John White, went on a preaching tour of southeast Asia and preached the Gospel and prayed for the sick. People were healed; however, as soon as he hit Australia, who share our secular world view, healing abruptly stopped. Interesting, maybe Aussies don't faithfully expect God to work in their reality? Yet, Peter Wagner, and other missiologists, assure us that healings happen where the World View accommodates it, and as a result there is; Validation of the Message, Evangelism is Effective, and Church Growth is Exponential. Sounds a little like Acts 19, doesn't it?
What we need in our context is to go back to Paul when he said in Romans 12:2 "...not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Most of us read that verse and come at it with a moralistic eye. What it means to us is, don't look at pornography, don't listen to bad music, don't do this or that; start from the outer circle and work in. But the deeper issue is how we view our reality; are we Theistic through and through? Not just in church on Sunday in an outward display of religiosity. But, do we come at the world with an expectation to see God move? Do we see God in all of life, and as active in it? Is God's reality of His Word enthroned as our reality at the core of our beings? Do I see His Kingdom everywhere I look?
We need to suspend our skepticism, and act in faith. In Matthew 16:1-4 the Pharisees demanded a sign from heaven; proof that Jesus was who he claimed to be. Jesus refused. Yet, comparatively, we find Peter's confession of faith in vv15-16, 15"But what about you?" Jesus asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." His confession is followed by the transfiguration in 17:1-7 - a sign from heaven, proof of who Jesus was to Peter. The Pharisees; skepticism followed by nothing vs Peter: Honest faith followed by the miraculous. Possibly, signs are not given to skeptics, but to the childlike faithful that act on God's Word?
So, let's renew our minds; go at your life with expectation of how God will move. Look for the miraculous and when you see it, remember 1 Corinthians 4:20, "The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power". Face your reality with faithful childlike expectation of what God will do in and through you! In Matthew 18:3 Jesus says, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." That does not mean throwing out our intelligence, but trusting that we serve a God who heals and delivers; who loves his world, his people and is interactive in it.