mir•a•cle noun \’mir-i-kəlThe Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a “miracle” as
“an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.”
Hockey fans use the word to describe the U.S. team’s upset of the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic Games. Titans fans use the word to describe the amazing kickoff return that ended the January 8, 2000 playoff game with the Buffalo Bills. Those were two extraordinary events, but (at the risk of offending some of my fellow sports enthusiasts) I really don’t believe it mattered to God who won either of those games.
However, it does matter to God what happens in each of our lives!
Back to those “games” for just a moment: Nobody believed the U.S. hockey team had a chance to beat the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics, and with only 17 seconds left in the Titans-Bills game, everyone knew the Titans’ 1999/2000 season was over. The reason the term “miracle” is frequently used to describe both events is because the ultimate outcome defied all odds and expectations.
God specializes in defying all odds and expectations – in situations that really matter!
Are you aware right now of any “situations that really matter” – in your life or in the lives of people you know – where the odds and expectations are very unfavorable? If so, here is a question for you:
Have you ever prayed for a miracle?
We know that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26), and that “if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21:22), and that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16).
But we must also be familiar with the challenging admonition, “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2). Is it possible that God is ready, and certainly able, to answer prayers that are never prayed?
A Special Invitation
Pray for a Miracle – Tonight at 6:00 p.m.
Our Sunday evening worship will be a prayer meeting, and the emphasis will be on “situations that really matter” – where God is our only hope. Whether or not you are already aware of situations that fit this description, I hope you will plan to be here. But let me give you a “heads up”:
We will be praying for miracles!
Church of Christ
5120 Franklin Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37220
Phone: (615) 832-2541
Fax: (615) 832-2583