Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him.
Herod had desired for a long time to see Jesus. He had heard many things about him, and now this man who did miracles stood right before him. He hoped to see some miracle. But when questioned cynically by Herod, Jesus said and did nothing.
Miracles are God's way of meeting the needs of those who seek Him in faith. Often God will use those who have been given the spiritual gifts of healing or the working of miracles to demonstrate His power so that people will believe (1 Corinthians 12:9-10), but miracles will not happen to cynics who try to tempt God (Luke 4:9-12).
A miracle is a supernatural intervention of God's power over natural law.
Healings happen within the boundaries of natural law while miracles are not limited to natural law. For example, a person who has a high fever and starts to recover is experiencing healing. The natural healing process the Lord created in all our bodies has taken over. When something totally supernatural happens, that is a miracle. Jesus reattaching the servant's ear after Peter cut it off (Luke. 22:51)—Jesus healing a man’s withered hand (Mark 3:1-6) —Peter and John healing a lame man in the name of Jesus (Acts 3:1-8) are just a few examples of miracles in the Word. Each one was a healing but each one was a miraculous healing.
Jesus feeding the five thousand (Mark:19-20), walking on the water (Matthew:14:25), and translating a ship and all aboard to the other side of the sea (John 6:21) are all miracles. Miracles are usually instantaneous while healings are sometimes gradual.
A healing or a miracle comes from God either naturally or supernaturally. Whether we pray by faith for healing or a miracle, God meets us where our faith is. He meets us where we believe. If you believe what the Word tells you in your heart, He responds to you there.
Jesus said to the woman who touched the hem of his garment. “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:34).
Jesus said to the leper who returned to give glory to God. “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well” (Luke 17:19).
The same faith with which you believed for your salvation is the same faith you believe for your healing.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:4-5).
Faith in Jesus—putting your faith in the truth of what He has done for you—is your victory that overcomes. What is your need? What do you believe?
“If you can believe,” Jesus said, “all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).