I believe in instant miracles for several reasons. First of all, I see them in God’s Word, especially Mark’s gospel. Here are a few examples.
Mark 1:40-42 shows a leper bowing before Jesus. He says, “If you will, you can make me clean.”
Jesus puts forth His hand and tells him, “I will. Be clean.”
The man receives an instant miracle.
In the very next chapter, we see four men take apart a roof and lower a man to Jesus. Jesus forgives his sins. Then he tells the paralyzed guy to take up his bed and go home. The man picks up his mat and leaves immediately, amazing everyone.
One day a woman with a bleeding problem sneaks up behind Jesus and touches the hem of his robe. Her blood flow dries up “immediately.”
That’s three instant miracles so far, but the scriptures record more.
Every miracle Jesus did seemed to happen pretty fast – as in, right away. His miracles didn’t take a month, a week, or even a whole day.
But that’s not the only reason I believe in instant miracles. The fact is, I’ve experienced them firsthand.
For example, one time my pastor had a word of knowledge that someone had a stomach problem. I knew it was me, so I went up for prayer and was healed right away. I had a hearty lunch that afternoon with no pain whatsoever. Now that’s what I call an instant miracle.
I have also prayed for people in Jesus’ name and have seen them get healed according to the promise in Mark 16:17-18 that “These signs shall follow them that believe… they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” I have known bumps to disappear and have watched red blotches dwindle into nothing. Eyes have lost their redness. I have heard reports of tumors vanishing and people receiving instant relief from pain.
Just today my pastor gave a testimony about a woman who was in an accident which left her mostly blind. She couldn’t drive or function properly. But in January, our church set aside three weeks to fast and pray. She kept writing on the prayer cards “I want to see again.” Then one Saturday night, a whole bunch of people felt led to pray for her. The next morning, she woke up healed.
How instant was her miracle? Well, if you ask me, she received it pretty quickly, although she had been praying for a while.
Miracles don’t always happen instantly, but sometimes they do. I think that when they happen quickly, it is God’s way of reminding us just how powerful He is. Sometimes the miracle you pray for may be delayed. It might not happen right away. But that doesn’t mean you should give up asking.
One time, Jesus told a story about a woman who kept asking an unjust judge to avenge her against her adversary (see Luke 18:1-7). For a while he refused, but eventually he gave in because she was wearing him out. “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he (may) bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.”
“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:51-52)
Those who believe in Jesus will experience this instant miracle.
It will be very quick.
“Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)