God’s Miracles Begin with an Act of Faith

In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 9:18-26, we find two examples where Jesus performed miracles following two small acts of faith.

The first, an official’s daughter had died. Yet, he kneels before Jesus seeking a miracle. “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”

The second, a woman who suffered from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the tassel on his cloak, saying to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”

In both cases, Jesus assisted them, raising to life the official’s daughter and healing the woman of her long-term illness.

What can we learn about prayer in these two examples, and how can we put it into practice? Both of these in need, sought out Jesus (first step of prayer). Both of them had a petition, one spoken audibly, the other in her heart. Both of them acted, expecting results. Their words show their confidence:

The father: “…she will live.”

The woman: “…I shall be cured.”

Does our prayer follow the same pattern? There are no conditionals in their prayer. They demonstrate a boldness; a confidence that God will act in their favor. This is faith.

Today, let us practice in our prayer such bold confidence. Trusting that God knows what we need before we ask, yet how much He longs for us to come to Him with our whole heart, trusting in Him to act on our behalf.

An Act of Faith

O my God,
I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins,
and that he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe these and all the truths
that the holy Catholic Church teaches,
because you have revealed them,
who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

Abandonment to God’s Providence

My Lord and my God: into your hands I abandon the past and the present and the future, what is small and what is great, what amounts to little and what amounts to a lot, things temporal and things eternal. Amen.

–  Saint Josemaria Escriva

4 thoughts on “God’s Miracles Begin with an Act of Faith

  1. I usually ask but don’t expect anything when it comes to my endometriosis pain and infertility. I guess I have accepted these things as crosses I am called to bear. I will have to start praying with boldness believing God will heal me (not that I don’t believe He can). God Bless.

  2. Sr. Lisa Marie

    This was a very nice post! I enjoyed reading this even throw I new the story. It however reminds me to trust Jesus, always to trust!

  3. I love the story of the woman suffering from hemorrhages. It shows how, in her utter poverty of spirit, her faith was so strong that she didn’t even need a face-to-face with Jesus. Even a tiny bit of his garment was enough for her.

    • Amen! It is one of my favorite Biblical stories of healing, and I am always encouraged by this woman’s deep faith! Thank you, Terry, for sharing your insight!

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