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Why don’t we see as many healings and miracles
today as in the past?

By Ralph W. Harris

Because the Assemblies of God was founded on the premise that all that occurred in the first-century church is available to 20th-century believers, faith for healing and miracles was exercised and rewarded.

Preachers and teachers often referred to healing along with other basic doctrines. Evangelists often made healing and other miracles the main thrust of their ministry. Churches sprang into existence because of such a ministry.

I was healed by the power of God of a brain tumor — more than 30 years ago. As a pastor, when a neighbor’s eye had been pierced by a scissor point, I prayed for her over the phone and she was instantly healed.

Healings and miracles still occur. My recent book, Acts Today, records many marvelous acts of God. However, they seem scarcer than in the past, except when a church has a divine visitation.

Why? Not because God stopped responding to earnest prayer. Not because the healing ministry has ceased. Not because it is no longer necessary. Following are some possible reasons:

1. Higher living standards. When people could not afford a doctor, a hospital or medicines, they had to trust God.

2. Improved health through better diets and vitamin-packed supplements.

3. Medical advances, such as transplants.

4. Increased medical insurance for doctor visits and prescriptions.

Though there is prayer for the sick in churches and some healings, there is less emphasis on the subject. What can be done?

Continue to stress these doctrines in our Bible colleges and Sunday school curriculum.

Encourage those who need a miracle to call out to the Lord first — before consulting a physician.


Ralph W. Harris was editor in the Sunday School Curriculum and Literature Department at the Assemblies of God Headquarters and later editor for the Complete Biblical Library.

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