He Hears Us

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 Jn 5:14)

“Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me.” (Jn 11:41-42) Jesus prayed with deep conviction and confidence. Immediately after this simple prayer, Jesus performed one of his most astonishing miracles by making Lazarus, a man dead for four days, walk out of a tomb alive. In history, great men of God have been prayerful and great signs have followed them. Today, it is important for us to examine ourselves to see whether we have the same confidence to associate ourselves with Jesus and say, “Father, I knew that you always hear me.”

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He Raised a Dead Girl

“But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, ‘Little girl, arise.’ Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.” (Lk 8:54-55)

A synagogue ruler named Jairus asked Jesus to come and heal his seriously ill daughter. Jesus was on His way to heal Jairus’ daughter when the woman with an issue of blood had interrupted Him. While Jesus was healing the woman, Jairus’ faith was tested when he heard that his daughter had died. But Jesus turned to him and said, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” (v. 50) With a few words, Jesus strengthened Jairus and helped him refocus on faith and hope.

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He Calmed a Storm

“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39)

“And a great windstorm arose” (4:37), a storm so threatening that the disciples asked their sleeping Master if He did not care that they perished. Some of life’s storms come upon us suddenly. These storms could be job loss, family illness or death, financial difficulties, accidents, or a pandemic. In the midst of a storm, we are often scared and cry out to God and pray earnestly. If God does not give any apparent response or delays His help, we may wonder does Jesus care? With great fear, the disciples woke Jesus up and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (4:38) In our distress, we sometimes may ask a similar question, “Lord, do You not care my grief and my difficulty? I need Your help now.”

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He Healed a Man Born Blind

He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” (John 9:11)

Jesus’ miraculous healing of the man born blind is one of the seven signs recorded in the gospel of John. When Jesus and His disciples passed by a man born blind, Jesus healed the man by putting mud on his eyes and sending him away to wash them. The man born blind went and washed his eyes, and came back seeing. The neighbors and acquaintances found it hard to believe he was the same man, but the man convinced them that he was in fact healed from his congenital blindness (9:9, 11).

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He Touched a Leper

And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3)

Amidst the pandemic, quarantine or lockdown is often imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19. During my recent trip to Taiwan, I was confined in a quarantine hotel room alone for 15 days upon arrival. Afterwards, I stopped by a dental office to make an appointment, but I was told to leave right away when they learned that I was still in my 7-day self-health monitoring period after my 14-day quarantine. The feelings of isolation and humiliation were in full at this incident when I was treated fearfully as a possible contagious disease carrier from abroad.

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