Connecting Faith and Life

How Much Faith is Needed for a Miracle?

The Bible tells us that many people received healing because of their faith (Mk. 5:34, 10:52, Lk. 17:19, 18:42). But we also read about incidents where the sick person did not exhibit any faith and still got healed. In Mk. 2, four men lowered a paralyzed man through the roof of a house where Jesus was teaching. When Jesus saw their faith, he healed the paralytic. If you observe, the paralytic man’s faith is not mentioned. In Mk. 9:23-24 the father of a demonized boy approached Jesus and got healing. But notice it is the faith of the father that brings healing to the boy. There are other times, when we do not see faith in people. Only Jesus has faith. In Luke 7:11-16, a widow’s son is carried dead. Jesus touched the coffin, and the dead man sat up. Did you notice that no one came to Jesus asking for help or with faith? But Jesus did that miracle. In Nazareth, people did not believe in Jesus because they had seen him as their village boy (Mark 6:1-6). There was a climate of unbelief that made Jesus unable to do anything more than heal a few sick people. But notice that Jesus was still able to do a few miracles. Only three out of ten times sick or needy people are said to have believed and their faith brought healing. So, what is the point? Unquestionably, faith in God is important (Jam.1:6-7). However, ‘only if you have faith, you will receive,’ is not what the Bible teaches. God’s ability to do wonders is not limited by our lack of faith! He is Sovereign!He accomplishes His will.

Likewise, some are too worried about the measure of their faith. Many even feel guilty about not having enough faith to experience a miracle. “More faith equals more miracles” is not what the Bible teaches. To the disciples who asked for ‘more faith’ Jesus replied, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to the mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” (Lk.17:6). What is required by Jesus is that you exercise what ever measure of faith you have. Most importantly we need to realize that faith is given as a gift from God. In John 6:65, Jesus said, “no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” In other words, Jesus says no one can believe me unless the father grants that faith. Hence, we cannot generate faith by ourselves. Trying to work up faith on our own results not in increase of faith rather it only boosts our positive thinking! We can only respond appropriately to the faith that God pours into our hearts. That is why we must pray for faith like the father of the demonized boy in Mark 9:23-24, “I do believe. Help my unbelief.” We are called to exercise faith in God not because our faith determines the end result (miracle) instead God expects us to have faith in His goodness and great wisdom (Pro. 3:4-5). When we commit our lives to Him in faith He will accomplish His best for us.

By Michael Thomasraj

 

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