Have you ever heard the phrase, “God showed up”? I personally have a bit of a problem with the phrase, since God literally fills the universe and inhabits every space. How could He not show up when the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him (from 2 Chronicles 2:6)? God is everywhere.
On the other hand, we perfectly understand what people mean when they say, “then God showed up.” Usually, the situation involves prayer and evidence of Divine intervention.
We tend to limit God, even while reading Bible stories.
We know He parted the Red Sea, drowned the Egyptian army, and freed probably a million Israelites. David defeated Goliath in a miraculous way. Angels shut Daniel’s lions’ mouths. Shadrach, Meshac, and Abednego walked around with Jesus in the oven that killed those who threw them in. Not even their hair or clothes were singed or smelled of smoke. We can cite miracle after miracle in the Old Testament.
Then, Jesus came, and He healed, raised the dead, showed compassion, taught, and ministered. God in the flesh showed the people who God is. He told Philip, he that hath seen me hath seen the Father (from John 14:9).
When Jesus rose from the dead, He evidenced resurrecting power.
And, here we are, more than 2,000 years later. We wrongly think He does less today than He did over the previous 4,000 years. He just “shows up” from time to time.
There’s good news: God is the same. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8). Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17). He never changes. God is the only real constant in this world.
We might limit Him when we pray, forgetting that the One who caused David’s smooth stone to find its mark is the same Person who cares about what we’re doing.
The One who raised the dead and healed the sick can still heal.
Our God is great. He is perfectly wise and just. The Lord cares for His children and loves those who don’t yet know Him. He is almighty.
If He could pile up the Red Sea and Jordan River and cause the people to walk through on dry—not muddy—ground, He can act for you. He hasn’t changed and never will.
How do we pray?
I believe in the power of several people praying together. Recently, a friend’s baby was very ill. She asked a group of Christian ladies to intercede for him. We did. The Lord let her baby get better. I believe a group of people praying to the Lord was effective prayer, and the baby’s getting better was the Lord’s will.
God still works miracles. My husband and I have a whole list of recent situations that we prayed about and God answered. Some looked impossible, but God moved.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations (Psalm 100:5).
Pray big. Expect God to show up.
In fact, you can expect the Lord to already be there. For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him (Matthew 6:8b).