With God, anything is possible. Even a quick look at His works in the Bible reveals that He has healed the sick, granted wisdom, and even resurrected the dead. And because God does not change over time, we can still count on Him to do these things today. All we have to do is ask.
But sometimes, we just don’t know how to pray to God for the things we most desperately need, and it can seem as if God is ignoring our pleas. If you’re in need of divine intervention and just aren’t sure how to ask, read on—we’ll show how you, too, can experience a miracle in your life.
How to Prepare
God answers prayer—of this, there is no doubt. In Matthew 7:7, Christ tells us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
But before we knock, we must prepare ourselves to talk to God.
If you have unconfessed sin in your life, now is the time to ask forgiveness from God. In John 9:30, the blind man who was healed by Christ proclaims that “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does His will.”
Even more tellingly, In Isaiah 59:2, we find out that sin is a barrier between us and God. “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”
So, before you pray for a miracle, pray for forgiveness. Examine your heart and give up whatever sin you find there, be it idolatry, hypocrisy, pride, a lack of faith, or anything else—these things warp your mindset so that you are incapable of asking God for a miracle.
Once you’ve prepared yourself through God’s forgiveness, it’s time to get praying for your miracle. Let’s find out how to do it properly.
Know How to Pray
James 4:2 tells us that “You do not have because you do not ask.” In order to receive a miracle, you must pray for it, but praying with the correct mindset is vital if you want God to answer.
Consider this. God always does what is best for us—even if, from our limited human perspective, it doesn’t seem that way. When we pray from the wrong mindset—out of greed, for example—if God were to answer that prayer, it would feed that greed and bring ruin to us the long run.
And so praying from the correct mindset means we have to pray for things that are within God’s will.
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus Christ shows us exactly how to do this, and it is here that we can begin to understand how to correctly ask for a miracle.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Let’s examine this perfect example of prayer. Here, Christ isn’t saying we have to replicate the Lord’s Prayer each time we pray. He’s showing us how to think about prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer begins with an acknowledgement that God’s will is best, and that His will is what we want. That’s incredibly important, as our selfish, human desires can sometimes cloud our judgment concerning what we pray for. When asking for a miracle, always ask for that which God would approve of.
Next, the prayer mentions “our daily bread.” This simply means asking God to take care of you, and to supply you with what you need. Now, no one needs a new Mercedes or a six-digit bank account, or fame. What you need are things like food, water, shelter, good health, and love. God will supply these things, even miraculously. But if the miracle you’re asking for is a brand-new four-story house, you may need to re-think the motivation behind your request.
The remaining portion of the Lord’s Prayer is all about forgiveness and deliverance, and are a reminder, as you’ve now learned, that we must both be willing to forgive and to ask forgiveness regularly.
Follow God’s own example of how to pray, and you can’t go wrong in asking for a miracle.
Live Out Your Faith
Even after you pray for God’s intervention in your life, your task is not finished—you must keep sincerely living out your faith as best you can.
You’re not perfect. No one is. And God isn’t going to remove His hand from your life because of your mistakes. But the key is this: keep trying. Don’t give up.
Living out your beliefs is about more than just avoiding sin—Christianity is an active faith, and God calls each of us to aid the poor, to treat others with kindness and respect, and to serve God using whatever gifts He has given you.
God is here for you, but if you’re not living out your faith, it is difficult to have the right mindset with which to ask for a miracle. Do your best to live for Him, though, and He will answer your prayer.
Don’t Give Up
If God seems silent, at first, don’t give up. Continually keep yourself prepared, pray as Christ prayed, and live out your faith, and God will answer you.
Keep in mind, though, that the miracle you seek may not come in the form of fire from heaven or instantaneous healing. Your miracle may come in the form of a doctor’s visit or a bonus at work or the arrival of a friend who is willing to help you. Your miracle may even be in the form of a renewed relationship with God as you pray for the miraculous on a daily basis.
Keep praying, and keep your eyes open for His work. If you follow these steps and pray with the right mindset, He’ll answer.
For Victory in Court Cases
Father, in the name of Jesus, it is written in Your Word to call on You, and You will answer me and show me great and mighty things. I put You in remembrance of Your Word and thank You that You watch over it to perform it.
I say that no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and any tongue that rises against me in judgment I shall show to be in the wrong. This peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition is my inheritance as Your child. This is the righteousness or vindication I obtain from You, Father, which You impart to me as my justification. I am far from even the thought of destruction; for I shall not fear, and terror shall not come near me.
Father, You say You will establish me to the end—keep me steadfast, give me strength, and guarantee my vindication; that is, be my warrant against all accusation or indictment. Father, You contend with those who contend with me, and You perfect that which concerns me. I dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and this secret place hides me from the strife of tongues, for a false witness who breathes out lies is an abomination to You.
I am a true witness, and all my words are (upright and in right standing with You), Father. My long forbearing and calmness of spirit persuade the judge, and my soft speech breaks down the most bone-like resistance. Therefore, I am not anxious how I shall reply in defense or what I am to say, for the Holy Spirit will teach me in that very hour and moment what ought to say to those in the outside world. My speech is seasoned with salt.
As a child of the light, I enforce the triumphant victory of my Lord Jesus Christ in this situation, knowing that all of heaven is backing me. I am strong in You, Lord, and in the power of Your might. Thank You for the shield of faith that quenches every fiery dart of the enemy. I am increasing in wisdom and in stature and in years, and in favor with You, Father, and with man. Praise the Lord! Amen.
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A miracle — the supernatural intervention of God. All of us have needed a miracle in the past, need one now, or will need of one in the future. The problem is that most Christians don’t know how to receive a miracle from God.
The best advice is don’t wait until a storm hits to learn how to believe God for a miracle. During a storm, emotions will cancel out your faith.
It’s good to clarify the difference between a blessing and a miracle. A miracle is a supernatural intervention of God in a crisis situation. A blessing is still God’s power, but it flows through natural channels. Blessings are better than miracles. If you live your life from one miracle to the next, you will live from crisis to crisis. It’s better to be blessed with good health than to always need divine healing. God’s will is for us to walk in blessing.
We all need a miracle at some time to simply jump-start our faith. If it weren’t for miracles, we wouldn’t grow to the point where we could walk in the blessings of God. Most Christians believe that God does miracles, but simply believing God is able to do it is not enough. You must know how to receive it.
Many Christians just wish and hope it happens. They think there is no way to grab a hold of miracles and make them happen. That’s not what the Bible teaches.
God is predictable and orderly. He doesn’t do one thing this time and another thing another time. God created this world and everything physical around us, and the physical world is orderly. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is forever faithful.
Faith is governed by laws. Romans 3:27 says, “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.” The kingdom of God operates under law. It is consistent. When someone is killed due to the law of gravity, we may wonder why God did that. He didn’t, but there are laws that He put in place.
Gravity says that if you jump off a building, you will be killed. If you cooperate with God’s laws, you will be fine. If you ignore those laws, you can be killed by the laws intended for your good. It’s the same with the spiritual laws of God.
So, how do you receive a miracle from God? First, you must recognize that miracles are not just hit and miss. You can tap into a miracle. You learn the laws of God and how they work, and miracles will happen. I’m not saying you can push a button and God pops out or you can make God do whatever you want. I’m saying God is turned on all the time and any time, you get turned on, you can see the power of God operate. God is always wanting to move on your behalf. God is for you — He is a good God.
God’s desire is for you to prosper (Ps. 35:27). God’s will is for you to be healthy (3 John 2). God’s will is for you to be above only and not beneath (Deut. 28:13).
You are the one who controls God’s ability in your life. God doesn’t. It is God’s power and His ability, but it’s up to you. The Scripture says in Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Many people leave off that last phrase, “according to the power that worketh in us.” If there is no power in you, you can stop God’s intervention in your life. God has chosen to never violate your will. God has chosen to flow through you. Satan can’t stop God’s power, but you can. God wants you to have a miracle, but you have to stop waiting and start believing.
The most important miracle in the Bible is the virgin birth of Jesus. God came and lived in a physical body — now that’s a miracle. The account is found in Luke 1.
The angel came and spoke to Mary of this miracle. The miracle happened when Mary answered (in verse 38), “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” When God creates, He speaks it into existence by His Word.
God did all His miracles by the spoken Word. In Genesis, He created the world by the spoken Word. Hebrews 11 tells us, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” The important point is that your words are involved in your miracle.
Many Christians put prayer above all and believe that if you pray, it will happen. Prayer is like water or fertilizer that you put on the seed. But, without planting a seed, watering is useless. If God was moved by need, every person’s need would be met. Also, those in the worst situations would get their needs met first. That’s not true.
You must plant a seed, which is the Word of God. First Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” We are born again of incorruptible seed — the Word of God. The word “seed” in this scripture means sperm. We are born of a supernatural union and the seed of the Word of God.
Farmers believe that if you plant wheat, you get wheat. If you plant corn, you get corn. They don’t question it — they are simply laws. Everybody agrees with that in the natural; but when it comes to spiritual things, most people don’t believe that.
But the truth is, if you aren’t reaping what the Word of God says, you haven’t planted what the Word of God says to plant. You reap what you sow. If the Word of God is primary in your life, you’re going to get the results of the Word of God. That doesn’t mean Satan won’t fight you and you won’t have problems. The end result will be you’re going to have what the Word of God says. Satan may fight you, but you’ll win. Many of us know this intellectually, but in our hearts, there is fear or reservation. We don’t have the absolute confidence that God’s Word is going to prevail in our lives.
Romans 8:6 says, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” If all you think about is the Word of God, that’s all you’ll get. You may not be thinking, I want to be sick, but your thinking has been sick. Proverbs 4:22 tells us that the Word of God is “life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
When God wanted to bring Jesus into the earth, He couldn’t just create Jesus. God gave all authority over the earth to man. God did not rule directly over the affairs of the earth. After man blew it, God couldn’t come down here and intervene. He had to work through man. God was looking for a man to flow through but couldn’t find one. So, He had to come Himself (Is. 59:16). In the virgin birth, the Word of God was the seed. Everything else about the birth was natural. God spoke that miracle into existence.
I believe every one of us has a spiritual womb where the Word of God enters in and germinates, and we conceive a miracle. Sometimes you may receive a miracle as a gift through someone else’s faith. You can’t depend on someone else; God wants you to be able to conceive a miracle. Meditate on the Word day and night, and you will get spiritually pregnant and bring forth fruit.
It’s impossible to have a miracle without planting the Word of God. One farmer thought he could violate the laws of God. He waited to plant wheat until everyone else’s wheat was about ready to harvest. He planted $100,000 worth of wheat the month before harvest. When it didn’t come up and he lost his money, he came and wanted me to pray. I told him that’s not the way it works. You don’t sow a crop when you want a crop. Some of us haven’t had the seed planted in us, but we want the crop. There is a time of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:9).
We don’t just naturally grow up believing God. It takes renewing our minds. God’s Word is the most important step to receive a miracle. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” You can’t just know the Word intellectually. You must meditate on it so it becomes living and active on the inside of you. Most of us don’t meditate on the Word as we should. We are occupied and don’t have time, and we are upset with God when we don’t receive our miracle. That’s just as foolish as the man who didn’t plant his seed but was upset when he didn’t receive a crop.
If God’s Word is planted in your heart, you’ll receive. It doesn’t matter what you feel — God’s Word will produce a miracle.