186. “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:42).
Jesus commands the dead man. When we pray for the needs of others, do we speak to them in their illness or do we entreat God, hoping He will respond? This is a complex question for the Christian worker. We want God to heal and we know that He is the only One who does, but are our prayers an effort to gain His attention, or do we believe He has given us the power to heal? Who are we talking to? In Acts 3, Peter spoke to the lame man in the name of Jesus. In other places, we see the power of God demonstrated when demons are commanded and sicknesses are ordered away. Perhaps, our relationship with God and the faith we have in His promise is more the issue, than even the faith of those needing a miracle. Will we step forward in His name?