THREE in five UK adults believe that miracles are possible – and young people have even more faith in them.

That was the finding of a national poll carried out by market research firm ComRes for the BBC.  And I’ve no reason to believe the results would be any different for St Albans and Harpenden.

Why not? Because belief in miracles – unusual and mysterious events that do not follow the laws of nature – is a sign that there’s more to life than what we see around us.

St Paul, one of the first leaders of the Christian church, wrote about “seeing in a glass darkly.” In other words, we don’t always get the full picture when we look around our world.

There’s more to it than men and women, bricks and mortar, trees and flowers, cars and mobile phones.

Like many people of faith, I believe there is a spiritual dimension to our world. I also believe that prayer for healing, for changing circumstances, for release from damaging habits can really work.

On a mission visit to Brazil, I saw healings that could only be described as miraculous, as hundreds of people came forward for prayer. In this country, many churches include individually praying for people as part of their Sunday services.

Christians follow Jesus Christ, who performed miracles during his time on earth and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, changes lives and circumstances today.

Those many people who believe in miracles today are demonstrating a firm belief that there is more to our world than the physical. They are taking a glimpse at heaven.