He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:9(NIV)
The truth is you don’t need a special formula when you want to pray to God for a miracle. Our Father is a God of the impossibilities. There is nothing that is outside his scope. Our heavenly Father can do above and beyond what we can ask. Unfortunately, we tend to limit him with our small thinking and end up missing the miracles that he has in store for us.
Miracles should be an everyday occurrence in the lives of Christians. Jesus said that we shall do more extraordinary things than the ones he did. Miracles were part of his daily life.
Jesus healed and raised up people from the dead everywhere he went. The only times he did not perform miracles were when people did not have faith in him. This means that we need to perform and experience miracles everywhere we go as believers.
Before we look at how to pray to God for a miracle, let us find out the meaning of the word miracle?
What is a Miracle in the Bible?
It is the supernatural work of God that reveals the divine nature of God that transcends the laws of nature. Miracles are also known as signs and wonders. It is through miracles that God reveals his power over situations. Miracles are also a way of God helping his children to deal with certain things that are beyond their capabilities.
As long as we continue to live in this fallen world, we will need miracles from time to time. Though this is not the way God wanted us to live, the fall of man brought corruption in the world.
So God had to set up ways through which he can help his children. See, without miracles, most of us would be dead right now. God has intervened in our lives through signs and wonders so that we can continue walking in his purposes.
Now, you may be wondering how do I pray to God for a miracle? Maybe you are sick, and the doctors have given you a few days or weeks to live. You need a miracle right now so that you can continue living in the purposes of God. It could be that you’re on the verge of losing your home. You have been struggling financially. You need God to show up in that situation quickly before you lose your house.
There are many different reasons why we need miracles to happen in our lives. Praying effectively will enable us to receive miracles from God and enjoy the life he has for us. If you’re on the verge of giving up, please don’t. God will come through for you.
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Here is how to pray to God for a Miracle:
Confess your Sins.
It is important that you start your prayer by confessing your sins. Confession will help you close every door the enemy may try to use to block you from receiving your miracle. We are not perfect beings. We make mistakes from time to time (1John 1:8). Although Jesus died for our sins, we need to confess our sins to be right with God.
See, the enemy does not want us to live in victory. When you start praying for a miracle, he will try to block it. One of the ways that he does this is by bringing up old sins. Confessing your sins to God will enable you to continue to remain steadfast. You will not fall for the condemning charges that the enemy will bring against you.
Focus on God, not the situation.
As we begin our prayers, it is easy for us to focus on the situation and not our God. But focusing on your problem will cause you to magnify it instead of God. And this may cause delay or hinder you from receiving the miracle God has for you. So as you pray, magnifying God and not the problem.
Look for verses in the Bible that magnify God and glorify his holy name. Spend time reading stories in the Bible, where God came through for people. For example, the story of the Red Sea and the story of Elijah calling fire down from heaven. Reading the word and seeing how God came through for people will enable you to remain focused on him. And not the situation that you’re going through.
Like David, we need to see God as powerful and mighty than the goliath we are facing. If David had magnified goliath instead of God, he wouldn’t have been able to defeat him (1 Samuel 17:26). When we pray to God for a miracle, we should also magnify Him and see our problem as nothing for us to receive a miracle.
Pray Positive Prayers.
Your problem looks real right now. But here is the thing you need to maintain a positive attitude as you pray. You may be in need of a healing miracle. The doctors have told you that you only have a few months to live. Those are facts, though they should not be brushed aside; you need to stand on the truth.
See, that bad medical report or financial issue is a fact, but it is not the truth. You need to stand firm in the truth that is found in the word of God. Remain positive that the word of God will come true in your life as you turn to God in prayer.
Stop telling God about your problem and going on and on about how you’re going to die. Or how your family is going to break up because of what is happening. Instead, pray positive prayers. Speak the word of God over that situation and claim your miracle today. Find verses that speak to your situation and declare them as you pray. Remind God of his promises and ask him to come through for you.
The Bible says the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). It also says that the kingdom of God faces violence, but it’s the violent people that take it by force. What this means is that you need to be persistent. You need to pray until the miracle manifests in your life. You should not give up. The enemy wants you to do that so that he can steal your answer away.
Know that as you pray for your miracle, you are going to go through some discouraging moments. For example, if you’re praying for good health, the enemy may intensify his attack on your body by increasing the pain. If you’re not persistent in prayer, you’ll give in to the lies that will be thrown at you. Do not give up. Keep on asking, and you’ll receive it because Jesus has already made it to the finish line.
Jesus encouraged people to pray persistently by sharing the story of the persistent widow and the unjust judge. Although the judge was not afraid of God or anyone, he granted the widow her petition because she was very persistent (Luke 18:1-8).
Do not just pray once and then leave it at that. Keep asking and knocking until the door is opened for you. Persistence shows God that we are serious about what we are asking for. It also helps us to grow stronger in faith.
Be clear about what you want from God.
Some people say that miracles are not for today, but that is simply not true. Spend time speaking to such people, and you’ll soon find out that they believed God for a miracle. But they did not receive it for one reason or the other and concluded that miracles are not for today. If you dig deeper, you’ll find out that most of them were not clear about what they were asking for.
It is good to know whether what you’re praying for is within God’s will. That way, you’ll be clear when asking God for a miracle, for you’ll be praying according to his will. If you want God to heal your family, then be clear about it.
Let him know that you do not want your family to fall apart. Do not go around in circles trying to blame each and everyone in your family for their mistakes. Let your prayers be clear and to the point because God already knows what you want from him. (James 4:2-3)
Do not be afraid to state your needs before God. He will not get offended or surprised because you’re asking for him to perform a miracle in your life. Be direct to the point in your prayers and let what you ask God to align with his word.
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Be thankful even before you receive your miracle.
When you pray to God for a miracle, you should believe that you’ve received even before you get the answer. Start thanking God for answering your prayers before you see a physical manifestation. Now, be careful not to do that as a way of manipulating God into answering your prayer. Let your thanksgiving come from the point of genuineness.
Thanking God before we see the manifestation in the physical realm is a way of declaring that we trust him completely. And we know that he’s a miracle-working God. Instead of complaining about what you’re facing, spend time thanking God for answering your prayers in his perfect timing.
Be like the children of Israel who went around the walls of Jericho for 7 days as if they had already won the battle. Remember, without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Thanking him in advance is a sign that you have faith in his miraculous working power. And you know that he’s going to come through for you no matter what you see in the physical realm.
Pray with patience.
Many of us miss out on the great miracles of God because we become impatient. We want God to do miracles, and we want them now! But that is not the way God works. His timing and ours are completely different. You may wish to receive a miracle today, but when God wants to work on your heart first. For example, you may be praying for a financial miracle.
Now, don’t get discouraged because God is not answering your prayer first. Even if time seems to be running out, trust Him and the process he is taking you through. It could be that God is dealing with your heart first. So that when he opens financial doors, you may not go astray because of greed or lust.
Please note that God does not put bad things in our lives; it is the enemy or our own mistakes. But he may use those things to purify us and teach us some things that he wants us to learn. So, just because the answer is taking long does not mean that God has rejected your prayer.
He may be preparing your heart or working on it. Why? So that he can remove some wrong beliefs that may hinder you from receiving a miracle. So be patient as you pray and trust the process that God is taking you through.
All in all
After the fall of man, God had to come up with ways to intervene in the lives of his children when they needed his help. Miracles are one of the ways God intervenes in our lives to rescue us from the corruption of this world. We all need miracles in our lives at some point. So it is important to believe that miracles are for today just like they were in Bible times.
To live miraculous lives, we need to pray to God for a miracle the right way. We need to confess our sins so that our hearts can be right before God. Although the situation may seem impossible now, you need to pray positive prayers persistently. Your prayers should be clear and be patient despite the challenges that you face along the way. Know that God will come through, no matter how long it takes.