God answers our prayers, and can heal our sicknesses and do miracles,
because nothing is too hard for the Lord to do.
Genesis 17 and 18.
One day long ago, God came to talk to Abram. Abram asked the Lord,
"Who will have all my things when I die? Will it be my relative,
Eliezer who lives in Damascus?"
"No, it will be to your own son," replied the Lord. You see, God had
sometime before promised Abram and his wife Sarai that one day they would
have a son, even though they were old and had no children.
That night God said, "Look at all the stars that are in the sky."
Abram looked up and the whole night sky was full of stars. God
said, "Can you count them?" Abram must have stood there counting,
"Ten thousand and one, ten thousand and two, ten thousand and three ...
Oh, I can't count any more, there are just too many stars!" And
then God said, "That's how many children and offspring you will have!"
Quite a few years later when Abraham was ninety-nine years old, God
changed Abram's name to Abraham, which means "Father of Many".
He also changed Sarai's name to Sarah, which means "Princess".
God again reminded them that they would would have a son. This
time Abraham laughed. In fact I'm sure that he laughed so hard
that he rolled on the ground laughing! It was too much, He and
Sarah were to have a child in their old age!
One day three visitors came to Abraham's tent and he hurried out to meet
them. "May I get you something to eat and drink?" asked Abraham,
"Please come and rest under this tree while I arrange it." The
visitors did so, and Abraham ran into his tent and asked Sarah to bake
some bread while he got his servant to roast a calf.
When the meal was ready, Abraham set it before his visitors, and then
stood nearby under the tree while they ate the meal.
While the visitors were eating, they asked Abraham, "Where is your wife
Sarah?" Abraham replied, "She's in the tent. Then the Lord
spoke and said, "I will come back about this time next year, and Sarah
your wife will have a son."
Now Sarah was listening at the door of the tent and started to laugh to
laugh and said to herself, "How can I have a child as I'm almost ninety
and my husband is old?"
The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really
have a child now that I am old?' Is anything too hard for the
Lord?" Later after the visitors had left, Abraham and Sarah
realised that their visitor had been God!
A year later Sarah did have a son. She and Abraham named him Isaac,
which means "He laughs". They were very excited, but remembered to
thank God for Isaac. His name must have often reminded them of how
Sarah had laughed, but that the Lord always keeps His promises!
And God always keeps His promises to us as well. This story tells us
that God will answer our prayers, heal our sicknesses and do miracles
for us, because He said, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
Nothing is too hard for God because He is our Great, Big, Wonderful God
and loves each one of us very dearly.
Whenever you are sick, feel sad or have a need, remember to ask God to
answer your prayer and meet your need. And then say, "Thank-you
for answering my prayer, because nothing is too hard for You!"