Natural or Supernatural?

Let me ask you a question. When we pray and our prayers get answered, why are we so quick to attribute a natural explanation to it? Chalking it up to coincidence. Or thinking the same thing probably would have happened if we didn’t pray.

You’ve done that. I’ve done that.


Today (August 5th) was our church’s annual picnic and baptism event at Stony Creek Metropark. All week long the weather forecast for August 5th was for a 60-70% chance of thunderstorms with temperatures around 93 degrees. Not exactly weather conducive for for our event!

So we began making contingencies for a rain date but at the same time we e-mailed our prayer warriors and encouraged them to pray for a supernatural change in the forecast. We prayed for sun and no rain.

As of 48 hours ago it still looked like this event was going to be a wash out.

And then something happened.

I woke up yesterday (August 4th) and checked the weather as soon as I got up. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how the forecast for August 5th drastically changed. It went from 93 degrees and a 60-70% chance of thunderstorms to 83 degrees and a 10% chance of rain.

And as it turned out, the weather was picture perfect all afternoon. Clear blue skies in the low 80s. Great weather for our picnic and baptism. And it was an awesome event, so much so that I am blogging about it instead of sleeping right now!

So let me ask you a question. And be honest as you answer it. What do you attribute that change in weather to?

Think about it for a moment.

Do you think our prayers impacted the weather? Do you think God supernaturally shifted the storm system so it went to the south of us? Do you think the drastic change in the weather had a supernatural origin to it or a natural origin?

Be honest.

If you think the weather change was just by chance or just another case of the weatherman getting it wrong, why do you think that way?

After all, in the gospels Jesus changed the weather. He calmed a stormy sea. He rebuked the wind. (see Luke 8:24). And if Jesus did that back then, why can’t He do the same thing today?

Let me end this blog with the question I asked at the beginning: When we pray and our prayers get answered, why are we so quick to attribute a natural explanation to it?


About Dan Kopp

In 2010 Dan and Kellie felt the call by God to plant a church somewhere in Macomb County, Michigan. Several months later The Eastside Vineyard Church launched and currently meets inside Shelby Jr. High in Shelby Township. This blog began in the pre-launch phase of the church and has exceeded 50,000 hits. Thanks for reading!
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One Response to Natural or Supernatural?

  1. Melissa Weckler says:

    God is Lord of both the Natural and Supernatural worlds…what’s saying He doesn’t work in both?! 🙂 So, even if something changes due to natural circumstances, who’s to say God wasn’t involved??

    Weather can change; a serious medical diagnosis can go from positive to negative. Praying about it may or may not have had an affect on the outcome, sure. But it did one thing for certain: it got me looking to God and praising Him! May I always have my eyes fixed on Him, no matter what storm comes…or doesn’t come!

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