How to pray to god for a miracle

How to pray to god for a miracle

According to the 18th-century Scottish philosopher named David Hume, a miracle is a “violation of the laws of nature.” It has been a classic way of defining what a miracle is. By its very definition, it is supernatural. No man can make miracles; only the Almighty God can.

For many people, a miracle is something grand and extraordinary, like the parting of the Red Sea or the manna that fed the hungry Israelites. It could even be something less grand in scale, like Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Or it could be Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, or healing the centurion’s servant from afar.

For people like the centurion, or Mary and Martha (the sisters of Lazarus), they were desperate for a miracle. Their loved ones were dying, and they wanted Jesus to instantly heal them. But for many of us, we are not in the same situation.

Some of us may just be feeling tired, worn, or spent. Perhaps work has been very stressful lately. Or it could be a financial struggle and our families are severely affected by it. It could also be us undergoing a stage of depression, anxiety, or some other condition that negatively affects our state of mind. It may not be the death of a loved one we are facing, but these are equally trying times in our lives where we could use a miracle.

A miracle is not limited to raising people from the dead. It can also be, for example, peace of mind despite our struggles. It can come in the form of the financial provision at just the right moment that we need it the most. And it can also be a life-changing paradigm shift that God will make us realize through our trials.

Miracles can happen every single day of our lives. If God wills it, He can make them happen. Certainly, we can also ask for them in Christ’s name. Jesus Himself said to “Ask and it shall be given to you. Knock and the door shall be opened. Seek and you shall find. (Matthew 7:7)”

There is no hard and fast rule for how to pray for God to make miracles in your life. However, we can learn from a few examples in the Bible.

Miracle Prayers in the Bible

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, you will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil.

This is perhaps the most well-known prayer for believers in Christ the world over. And while the words may not directly ask for miracles, a lot of its words indicate asking for supernatural help from God the Father. For instance, “your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven” is not a human task. Only God can achieve that, and certainly, God can make miracles in people’s lives to bring about His will here on earth.

Daily provision (“give us this day our daily bread”), as well as deliverance from evil, are also two forms of God’s everyday miracles in our lives. We may not notice it, but God is always providing for us and protecting us in ways only He can do. Those in themselves are miracles.

The Centurion’s Plea (Matthew 8:8)

“Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”

This is the story of the faith of the centurion, who was a high-ranking officer of the Roman Army. In his home, his beloved servant fell ill, and he went to Jesus to ask Him to heal his servant. This was his plea.

The second sentence expressed how strong his faith was in what Jesus can do. He believed in the power of the words of Jesus to make miracles.

Jesus was amazed at the man’s faith. He later declared, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would,” and at once, the centurion’s servant was healed (Matthew 8:13). Jesus did not even have to go to his house!

This prayer shows us the power of Jesus to make miracles in anyone’s life. Even His words have power. Those of us who believe in that just have to ask.

The Healing of the Lame Man in the Temple (Acts 3:6)

“I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

This was the Apostle Peter speaking to a lame man who was begging for money in the Temple. Peter had nothing to give the poor man, but he did have one thing, and that is his faith in Jesus Christ. Instantly, as he spoke those words, Peter helped the man up to his feet. The man realized that he could walk! As a result, he walked and leaped and praised God as he went inside the Temple.

Peter did not speak healing by himself. He attributed the power to Jesus Christ, whom he believes can make a miracle in the life of the lame man. This shows us that miracle prayers spoken in the name of Jesus Christ are very powerful indeed.

Examples of Miracle Prayers

Again, there are no such things as “magic formulas” to bring about God’s miracles. If you need some help, here are a few examples to get you started. Always remember to pray from the heart and in the name of Jesus.

Miracle Prayer #1

God above, I stand before You today as Your humble servant, powerless and weak when compared to Your vast excellence. In this world and the next, You control all, including my life and I stand to gain everything in my worship of Your name. Lord Almighty, I pray for instant miracles that will turn the supposed disadvantages in my life to advantages. Your miracles will touch all parts of my life and testimonies will not be far from my mouth in my long life Father. I pray that You allow not the jest from my enemies and instead, make me a living wonder that will preach Your mercies all the days of my life. I thank You for Your answers and In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.

Miracle Prayer #2

Father, I come to you today with faith so small I cannot see a way. I want to believe you are able to do more than I ever imagine. I want to walk by faith and not by sight. God, please bring a miracle into my life. I know that you can do the impossible in my life and I am trusting in your promises. Thank you for being a God who sees and hears my every need. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Miracle Prayer #3

Dear God, thank you that you love me and want to keep me from depending on other things instead of you. Forgive me for when I’ve depended on my job and other people instead of you. Thank you that you haven’t forgotten me. Lord, the days ahead may be a little scary at times, but I understand now that the path to a miracle is through uncomfortable territory. I understand now that the source of a miracle will be unexpected, so I shouldn’t try to figure it out. I should just trust you. When you tell me what to do, and it doesn’t always make sense, I will still do what you want me to do. Help me to remember that you’re all I need and that where you guide, you’ll provide. I want to learn to trust you one day at a time. I want to go your way, not my way. I want to follow you, and I ask you to save me and come into my life. I claim your promise that if I trust you, you’ll meet my needs. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

A prayer has the power to potentially change any situation, even the most challenging one, in miraculous ways. In fact, God may even choose to send angels into our lives to answer our prayers. But how often do our prayers reflect the reality that God may respond to them by performing miracles? Sometimes we pray as if we don’t really believe that God will answer us. Major religious texts declare that God responds most powerfully to the prayers of the truly faithful.

No matter how hopeless a situation seems, from a stale marriage to a prolonged period of unemployment, God has the power to change it when you pray boldly and have faith that he will respond. In fact, religious texts say that God’s power is so big that he can do anything. Sometimes our prayers are too small for such a big God.

5 Ways to Pray More Powerfully for Miracles

God will accept any prayer since he’s always willing to meet us where we are. But if we pray without expecting God to respond, we limit what we’re inviting him to do in our lives. On the other hand, if we approach God with faith-filled prayers, we may see something wonderful and miraculous happen. Here’s how to pray more powerfully to invite God to work miracles in your life:

1. Build Your Faith

The simplest way to strengthen your prayers is to increase your faith. Ask God to give you the faith you need to confidently trust that he will keep his promises, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.

  • Choose to believe that God will reward you for diligently seeking him, as religious texts promise.
  • Pray with a sense of eager anticipation, expecting that God will always act to do what’s best when you pray.
  • Expect God to do much more than you could do on your own.
  • Surround yourself with people who have strong faith, people who believe that God is as big as he says he is, and who have personally experienced his mighty power and faithfulness in their own lives.
  • Keep a prayer journal in which you record specific prayers that you practice daily until breakthroughs come. Write down the answers to your prayers when they come. Later, read your past journal entries to remind yourself of how God has been faithful to you.

2. Ask for What God Wants for You

When asking God for something in prayer, ask with pure motives. Seek answers that reflect God’s will rather than trying to convince him to follow your own plans.

  • To identify any faulty patterns in your prayer life, ask yourself: “Am I praying merely for my own comforts and desires?,” “Do I ever pray when things are going well, or only when I’m in dire need?” “Is my motive in prayer my own happiness, or God’s glory?,” and “Do I pray with an attitude of doubt, just going through the motions of prayer because it seems like the spiritual thing to do?”
  • Repent of any wrong attitudes and ask God to help you approach prayer with pure intentions.
  • Pray in alignment with God’s will and remember that he wants the best for you.

3. Rely on God’s Strength to Fight Spiritual Battles

To pray effectively, you must rely on God’s strength and allow it to empower you when you face challenging situations. Be aware that the discouragement or despair you feel may be caused by evil that is opposing your efforts to grow closer to God.

  • Rid yourself of sinful habits that may be opening doors for evil to come through.
  • Confess and repent of any sin that God brings to your attention, and ask him to cleanse you of it.
  • You’ll never lose a battle when you fight with God’s strength flowing through you. So don’t just rely on your own limited strength; pray for God to empower you to do battle in every situation.

4. Wrestle in Prayer

Prayer requires perseverance. You must learn to have faith in God's plan and trust that he will guide you, even when you are going through very difficult times.

  • When something bad happens, don’t just throw out a few brief prayers for God’s help. Instead, grab hold of God’s promises and fight to see them realized in this fallen world.
  • Be persistent, praying until God gives you answers. Don’t give up praying about a situation until God’s power comes into it.

5. Pray for What Only God Can Do

If you want to pray powerfully, you must pray for things that require great assistance, things that you could not just easily change on your own.

  • Don’t limit your prayers to simple situations that don’t require much divine intervention to change. Instead, make a habit of praying for big things that only God can do. For example, instead of praying to get through each workday, pray for a bigger vision of your vocation and the courage you need to fulfill it, even if that means finding an entirely new job.
  • Invite God to do something incredibly powerful in each situation that you bring before him.

God will respond to any prayer, no matter how small. Since you can approach God with confidence, why not pray the biggest, most powerful prayers that you can?

How to pray to god for a miracle

When we read of the countless miracles performed in the Bible, it is natural for us to desire miracles to occur in our own lives. We might have this desire because of something tragic that is happening, or for less weighty desires.

For example, you or someone you know may have been diagnosed with cancer; you might have lost your job; maybe your marriage is in shambles; or your children could be in a difficult situation. Whatever the problem, we want God to fix it.

It could appear to us that the only possible solution is a miracle, and so we want to pray to God for that miracle.

How do you pray for a miracle? Does God listen? Is there a certain formula that you need to pray for God to act?

First of all, as the angel Gabriel said to the Virgin Mary, “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37). As long as it is something true, good and beautiful, nothing is outside of God’s reach. Yet at the same time, God is not a “holy dispenser,” giving us everything we ask for.

He requires us to have a mustard-seed-size faith in him. When a sick man was brought before Jesus, they complained that his own disciples couldn’t cure him. Jesus explained why their prayers were unsuccessful.

For any miracle to occur, we need to have a deep faith in God, which is itself a gift received and not something that can be “willed” by any individual. This gift requires our cooperation. Our hearts need to be fully open to receive this gift of faith and to be clear of any obstacles.

Furthermore, God desires that we first ask forgiveness for our own faults, before asking for something from him. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains how every prayer of petition (such as asking for a miracle) needs to include a prayer asking forgiveness.

Repentance was a key element in the miracles of healing Jesus performed in the Gospels, as he often forgave the sins of the person along with a physical restoration of health. Above all, God wants to restore our relationship with him and a miracle can only occur if it helps to bring that restoration about.

However, we must remember that God will grant our request for a miracle only if it is part of his divine will.

Above all things, we need to trust in God and his plan for us. We may not understand if he doesn’t respond to our request for a miracle, but his reasons will be revealed to us in time.

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Lord Jesus Christ,
Here I am again,
asking You to do what only You can do
,
in my life and in my current situation...

Most Powerful Prayer for a Miracle

Anytime your back is up against the wall and you find yourself in need of a supernatural breakthrough, pray this Most Powerful Prayer for a Miracle. Offer it up to God with the humblest of heart and purest of intentions, and He will answer you in one of four ways: Yes, No, Not yet, or I’ve got something better. Whatever answer He gives you, accept it with unwavering faith believing wholeheartedly that it is the perfect answer … because it is. Your Heavenly Father knows the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning. He knows above all what is best for you and for your life. Trust Him.

Most Powerful Prayer for a Miracle

“Lord Jesus Christ,
Here I am again…
asking You to do what only You can do
,
in my life and in my current situation.

The Word of God tells me that You are the same
yesterday, today, and forever.
Nothing is too small for You, no prayer too big;
You are, after all, the Lord Who performs miracles!

Lord, I humbly come before you to ask
that You would do a miracle in me

(say your intention here)

I also ask, Lord, that You would

heal me through and through–
help me in my relationships;
help me with my finances;
assist me in my decisions.
Close the wrong doors;
and open all the right ones.

Protect me from all evil.

Deliver me, Lord, from my tendency
to worry and to be anxious as I wait on You.
Show me today how You will fight for me.
And if it is Your will, Lord, show me
Your miracle-working ways.

I humbly ask also for a vision, Lord.
A vision for what a healthy-healed me looks like.
Help me to go after the goal, Your will,
With tenacity and purpose.
Take my weakened efforts and multiply them, Jesus.
My soul eagerly awaits for You…
to do what only You can do.

Not my will, Lord, but Your will be done.
In Your Holy and mighty Name I pray,
Amen.”

How to pray to god for a miracle

When we are faced with a great need, either for ourselves or others, we should begin by humbly seeking to know what God’s will is in the matter (see 1 John 5:14-15, Romans 12:1-2, Romans 8:26-27). “Father, what do You want to do in this situation?” Jesus said, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (John 5:17). He listened to the voice of the Father, and He watched Him. Be careful not to start or end a prayer by saying blindly, “If it be Thy will.” Rather, you should seek to know God’s will in the situation and then to base your prayer upon it. Say, “Father, in advance, tell me what Your will is and what You are doing.” Then you can ask Him to perform the miracle that you know He wants to bring about.

Most people ask God for a miracle, but many omit a key requirement–the spoken word. God has given us authority over disease, demons, sickness, storms, and finances (see Matthew 10:1, Luke 10:19). We continue to ask God to act, when, in fact, He has given us the authority to act with divinely empowered speech. We are to declare that authority in Jesus’ name. We are to command the money to come to us, command the storm to be stilled, command the demon to come out, command the leg to grow, command the cancer to leave.

Jesus said, “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says'” (Mark 11:23). Believe in your heart that it has already happened! With the anointing of faith that God gives you, you speak it forth.

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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.

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.

How to pray to god for a miracle

There are times we need a miracle. Your loved one may have a life-threatening disease, you may soon need to move out to the streets, you may be wrongfully attacked by others – life has many ways to put you in need of a miracle. In these times we want and need to know how to pray to gain hope and confidence from God. How do you pray for a miracle?

The Early Church Needed a Miracle

The early church was in one such situation (Acts 12:1-19). James, the brother of John, one of the apostles, was captured by Herod and put to death by sword. Herod, realizing that the Jews were pleased with this turn of events, decided to capture Peter as well.

The church knew the plans for his execution were intended. They prayed fervently for a miracle.

What did that praying look like? Did they just pray the words ‘God release Peter’ over and over? Did they think of new ways to pray this main desired miracle? Did they attack the spiritual realm on Peter’s behalf? Did they pray in tongues?

This is what we really need to know. It is great to know that they prayed fervently, but if we don’t know what exactly that looked like, how are we to apply it?

You probably know the story. God sends an angel that helps with Peter’s release. It such a strange experience for Peter that he thinks he is dreaming. When Peter gets to the place his friends were praying, they rather believe it was his ghost than actually being Peter at the door. Not exactly the model of praying with faith.

This again brings up how they may be praying fervently. When they get the desired miracle, they are so surprised they don’t believe it.

A Clue to How to Pray for a Miracle

Several years ago my wife had a wonderful encounter with Jesus. As she was praying she felt Jesus come show her around heaven. It was a joyous and encouraging time spent with Him. After some time in this encounter, she realized she hadn’t prayed about anything on her prayer list.

Jesus knowing her thoughts told her when you spend time with Me you also bring every concern you carry on you heart.

While we are not told how the early church fervently prayed, I think this experience my wife had gives a clue to how we can effectively pray fervently for our miracle.

Praying are request over and over again turns prayer into begging. Praying once and trying to believe God will give you your desired miracle is presumptuous. Laying your request before His feet than continuing to spend time with Jesus is intercession that leads to life.

Since we have a living God to whom we pray, we always have hope. Jesus is life and He came to give us life. Spending time with Him allows us to find hope in all our circumstances. Doing this helps get our eyes off the problem and onto our hope. If you have lost all hope in you situation, you have gotten your focus off of Jesus.

It’s clear from the Bible that the early church’s response was prayer and that God provided the miracle. It is also implied that their prayers led to the solution God provided. No situation is beyond God’s ability to change it. Therefore use these five steps to pray for a miracle.

How Do You Pray for a Miracle?

1. Find your hope.
It is hard to pray when all looks lost. We have to know who we are in Christ and God’s immense love for us. Focus on His goodness because that never changes.

When God told David his son would die, David still fasted and prayed seven days for his life (2 Samuel 12:15-23). While God doesn’t lie, David knew He might have mercy. While our circumstances may not be good, God always is. When David’s son did die, David was able to get up and move on. He was right with God and knew God was good.

2. Praise God.
You can’t spend time focusing on God’s goodness without it leading to praise, but let’s add it to the list because you may need to do this first. If our circumstances are too heavy, the first step may be too difficult. Start here and let it lead you to finding your hope.

The difficulty with this step is to truly praise Him without trying to make God perform for you. You’re not praising God to get your miracle; you are praising Him because you are reminding yourself that He is always worthy of your praise.

3. Tell Him what you want.
Be specific. Of course you need to give room for God’s creativity, but let’s not miss the miracle because we failed to pray for it.

After the first couple steps, you may find yourself praying wild and crazy prayers. Go with it. If you have a good view of your hope, you start to realize no prayer is too big for God.

4. Give thanks.
Remember the goal of prayer is not to get your miracle, but to spend time with God. Your not thanking Him in faith for the answer; you are thanking Him for spending time with you. You are thanking Him for giving you hope and comfort in your situation.

Thanksgiving is fuel to your faith. It verbalizes God’s goodness to you and allows you to believe He will continue to be good to you. Thanksgiving opens you up to what God may want to do because you are not scared of Him not taking care of you. You are now prepared to receive God’s provision for your need.

5. Journal your time with God.
Keep a record of your time spent with God. If He gave you hope and comfort, write it down so you can always go back and find that same hope and comfort again.

Remember God compared us to sheep (John 10:14-15). Sheep are easily distracted and led off. We will again find ourselves in other situations when we need a new miracle or the same miracle. A journal will help you more quickly find your hope for those times.

God has a miracle in store for you. It is in His character to love you and to move on your behalf. You are never alone. You are never without hope. Use these five steps and learn to fervently pray for your miracle.

Not a day goes by without many prayer needs. People are praying for a miracle in their finances, their homes, their relationships. But for some reason praying for miracles of healing can feel especially urgent—scary, even. We have regular opportunities to pray for the sick, but how should we pray? Why do we sometimes shrink back from asking for miraculous healing, even if we believe God is still able to work miracles today?

Maybe we’re not sure how to pray for the sick.

  • We think, What if they die anyway?
  • Maybe you’ve prayed before, but it didn’t work.
  • Maybe you’re heartsick because you’ve lost someone you loved and needed.

First of all, I’m so sorry if your heart is hurting because the people you loved are no longer here with you. I’ve experienced this pain and it’s horrible.

In 2003, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I did not know if it was His will to heal my mom or if it was her time to go. I sought God and His will like never before. I read my Bible round the clock, at the stop sign, waiting in parking lots. Whenever I could, I read God’s Word.

It was during that time that the Lord opened my eyes to John 10:10 and changed the entire direction of my life. “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” You see, up to that point, I thought it might be a waste of time to pray for miracles. But, Jesus came that we could have life and life abundantly. I know that means eternal life —and that’s a miracle each and every one of us is offered through faith! But does John 10:10 apply somehow to this life? Are we supposed to ask for miracles of healing in this life, too?

I know these questions are complex. Maybe even controversial, but I can’t see anything in the Bible that asks us not to boldly come to God’s throne of grace with all our needs. In fact, I see the opposite ! So, I decided to ask Jesus for abundant life in my mom’s body. We prayed for miraculous healing based on the biblical evidence that God does miracles, and that He brings life!

But on February 6, 2006, I lost my mom. I was heartbroken. Did God not come through for my mom and me? What now? Do I quit praying for others?

What do I do when I’m praying for a miracle and it doesn’t happen?

Most of us try to understand why—what happened? We come up with our own understanding and then with the best intentions share it with those who have suffered a deep loss, like it’s somehow going to make it all better.

Sometimes we come up with unhelpful explanations.

  • It was just their time to go.
  • God needed them more than you do.
  • God just said, “no.”
  • God always takes the best. He gives and takes away.

None of this is helpful to a hurting soul. So what’s the right response when you’ve been praying for a miracle of healing and you don’t get it?

Here are three things to do when you’re praying for a miracle and you don’t get it.

  1. Do not exhaust yourself trying to make sense of it. We are not supposed to understand everything because we simply can’t understand everything . But we are supposed to pray about everything so we can have the peace that is better than understanding. We get a chance to exercise our faith. Faith can’t be based on what is seen. We get a chance to believe even when we don’t get our way. And remember this: Faith isn’t seeing—it’s continuing to believe even when we do not see.

Only God’s power works the miracles. Our responsibility is to pray, but the weight of the outcome was never meant to be on our shoulders.

  1. Do not stop asking God for His help. After we don’t see the miracle we asked for, many of us back off from praying because we feel inept or maybe we wonder if God even cares. When Mom wasn’t healed, my questions caused me to stop praying for miracles for almost four months. It rocked my foundation because I was carrying the weight of the outcome, but it was never mine to bear. The Bible does tell us to place our hands on sick people and pray for them ( Mark 16:15-18 ). It doesn’t say, “You make them well if your faith is strong enough.” It teaches us to reach out in faith. But only God’s power works the miracles. Our responsibility is to pray, but the weight of the outcome was never meant to be on our shoulders.
  2. Stay in the boat. Let’s say your father asks you to go fishing with him. Some of you are already cringing, but stay with me! When your dad asks you to join him for a lazy afternoon of fishing, it’s not about how many fish you catch—it’s about spending time with your dad. It’s like that with us. Father God has asked you to go on a mission through life with Him. It’s not about how many souls you save or miracles you witness—it’s about doing life together. Never allow your personal circumstances, disappointments, or lack of understanding to cause you to make up your own ideas about God.

The thief wants us to stop believing, to shrink back , to quit, to get angry at God. He wants to steal, kill, and destroy, after all. He loves to make us discouraged about the trials and suffering we endure. But all Jesus followers can say, No way! Not today, Satan! We’re supposed to take heart because Jesus has overcome this world! We may be experiencing a battle, but He already won the war. His Holy Spirit is in us , giving us the hope and boldness we need to continue to live a life that pleases God—including praying for the sick.

So, am I still praying for miracles?

And have I ever seen one? Yes, and yes! I prayed with someone who had a broken toe and it was healed. I got to see it happen. I prayed with someone who had one leg shorter than the other—and their leg is healed and whole now. I’ve seen the power of God bringing abundant life, bringing healing. But I have also not seen it at times.

Faith believes when there is no reason to hope. Faith isn’t seeing; faith is believing. It never stops hoping. It never gives up. Faith is obeying God even when there are no results and believing the results are happening somewhere (maybe even just inside me, reminding me to turn to God as the ultimate source of provision for everything I need).

So you prayed, but didn’t get the miracle right away; never stop believing in a God who sent His Son to give His life so you could have life, and life to the full.

How to pray to god for a miracle

The evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from Dunkirk in May/June 1940 was a gift from God that moved the whole of Great Britain. Hundreds of thousands of families were touched by the deliverance of their relatives from death or cruel, indefinite imprisonment. The prayer of the nation, lead by their king, seemed to have been answered, and the whole nation thanked God for it.

C. S. Lewis was one of those who had a personal involvement in the event. His brother, Warnie, was over in France with the BEF. Thankfully, he was brought safely home.

The rescue of the BEF has always been called a “miracle.” The confluence of the circumstances was indeed remarkable, and to the eye of faith, “God fought for us” (Henry V, Act IV). In Appendix B of Miracles (reprinted in the new How To Pray, chapter 5), Lewis asks if it is correct to say that the evacuation was a miracle, or whether it can be so definitely said that it was an answer to prayer. He also contests the idea that the evacuation was a “special providence” of God, in distinction from his normal providence in our lives.

The question is asked, why? Why did Lewis contest this popular idea – that God had done something special for England? As I think back over the essay and read accounts of the event, I think that Lewis is simply trying to shore up the position of the Church on the issue to prevent skeptics from finding fault with our views about such events. He recognizes that, to the skeptic, the coincidences of the elements which helped the BEF to get away were remarkable, but they were all, nevertheless, of the same cause-and-effect nature as any other event in history. There is no need to appeal to some supernatural miracle to explain it. England was just lucky.

An example of such skepticism is Major General Julian Thompson, in his book Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory. He writes, “The evacuation of the BEF at Dunkirk was spoken about as a miracle at the time, and still is depicted in those terms to this day. The only miraculous element in the operation was the weather…. The Dunkirk operation owed its success to the power and skill of the Royal Navy, not to any mystical intervention” (Kindle location 6026).

How to pray to god for a miracle
[British soldier during a service of intercession for France at London’s Westminster Catholic Cathedral. 1940.]

Lewis defines a miracle as an event initiated supernaturally by God which enters into the flow of cause-and-effect history. The event takes up its place as any other event, only it has not been “caused” by the interlocking sequence of preceding events. An example would be the immediate calming of the waves by Jesus on the sea of Galilee, of which we read in Mark 4:39. There was no other explanation for such immediate and unnatural calming of the weather and the waves except a real intervention in time and space from God. In the case of Dunkirk, however, it had happened before that the weather was good and the Channel was calm. And the weather during those days in 1940 could be traced to the weather that had preceded. There was nothing about the weather that could not be the result of normal cause and effect. If one only looked at the circumstances, there was no objective evidence that a miracle had occurred, and there was no logical necessity that the weather was due to a “miraculous element.”

Lewis explains that one’s interpretation of Dunkirk was a decision of the will, based upon a presupposition of either faith or unbelief. To the eye of faith, God had intervened, whether you call it a “miracle” or, if short of an actual “miracle,” at least an answer to prayer. But if one believed so, he must not point to such a remarkable event to “prove” that God answers prayer and intervenes in events. If one attempted to do so, he would be in an untenable position in debate with a skeptic. Lewis wants to keep us from being in that kind of position.

It is because Lewis is trying to be careful as an apologist that he writes about Dunkirk. He discourages the use of the word “miracle” with reference to Dunkirk because, according to his definition, the term does not fit. He would rather we call it a Providential answer to prayer, with the caveat: to the eye of faith. The skeptic would not be able to argue against that position (all opinions are logically valid). Rather, the conversation with a skeptic about Dunkirk would need to backtrack to matters of the nature of what we call History. But our honesty about our inability to “prove” an answer to prayer by the confluence of circumstances alone would enable the conversation to move on to such a subject.

It never helps to try to make something you wish could argue for Christianity to do so, when it really does not.

Reference: C. S. Lewis, How To Pray: Reflections and Essays, (New York, HarperOne, 2018), ISBN-13: 978-0062847133.

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How to pray to god for a miracleThe Rev. David Beckmann has for many years been involved in both the Church and education. He helped to start a Christian school in South Carolina, tutored homeschoolers, and has been adjunct faculty for both Covenant College and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He founded the C.S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga in 2005. He has spoken extensively on C.S Lewis, and was the Director of the C.S Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns from 2014-2015. He is currently a Regional Representative for the C.S. Lewis Foundation in Chattanooga.

How to pray to god for a miracle

I have prayed every single day for this moment. I’ve also wrestled with sharing our personal life on social media, but if our story can give someone out there hope, it will be worth it because I know we are not alone. If you read on, you will see the miracle is in the details.

Our journey to starting our family hasn’t been easy like for most people. It’s actually been one awful roller coaster ride we have been wanting to get off. After one year of trying on our own, we were referred to the best fertility doctor in Austin and learned from all our tests that we had “infertility” and a 1% chance of conceiving without treatments.

So, we did what anyone does with a poor diagnosis—we fought back.

I never dreamed that at my first visit to that office at just 32-years old, I would learn my eggs were like that of a 40-year old’s for no reason other than “bad luck”. I never would have thought I would spend month after month over the next three years to face seven fertility treatments, three surgeries, and three miscarriages. I never would have imagined I would go through IVF and fail at it—three times. IVF is mentally, emotionally, financially, and physically exhausting. It’s having the strength to walk back into the doctor’s office every other day, failed treatment after failed treatment (feeling like a failure as a woman) for more lab work and ultrasounds, giving yourself three shots a day, taking hormones, and undergoing a painful procedure for the chance of having a baby.

But as a woman, you do what you have to do to fight for your family.

IVF is an overly expensive game of dice that leaves a couple’s hearts broken and lost when it doesn’t give you the child you hoped for. How could the most expensive, evidence-based scientific treatment not work on me? I’m healthy. How can I not carry a baby? The doctor actually sat us down and told us, “I’m sorry, you can probably mourn the loss of having a big family, but I can probably get you one child”. That felt like a knife in my chest. But we kept fighting and believing one day it would work and God would one day give us a child.

Right after my third IVF and my third pregnancy loss this past April, my mom sat with me and told me, “Jess, I know you’re hurting sweetie, but trust that God has a plan for your life. I really believe God wants to show you He can do it—I think you’re gonna get twins.” Even Jake’s mom would tell us all the time to pray and have faith God is going to come through for us. I would disagree with them while talking about what the doctor said and reviewed all my failed treatments and explained how I needed to meet God halfway and keep trying.

Two weeks later, my mom passed away suddenly in May, and at that point, I had lost all strength. I was devastated and lost. My mom was my biggest supporter in life and through my fertility struggles. The thought of going through it without my mom seemed impossible and I was too exhausted to fight anymore.

So, I decided to let go and let God. So, I prayed. BIG. And I cried a lot and prayed and got down on my knees begging God for a baby. Begging Him to heal me, asking for a miracle. This was certainly not my first big prayer, but it was by far my most desperate. I asked Him if He forgot about me—it certainly felt like it.

Well, believe me when I say God will speak to you in many ways if you pay attention, and finally, He sent me a long-awaited messenger just two days later.

Jake’s aunt approached me on the 4th of July and told me she knows this is “strange” but she had a Word from God for me. It took me by surprise because we don’t know one another well, and we have been very private about our fertility struggle. She told me, “God told me to tell you He didn’t forget about you. He is going to open your womb this year and you will have a daughter. She even gave me her name, Hannah, which in Hebrew means “you have been favored by the Lord with a child”. She gave me the Bible verse, Luke 1:45, which says, ”Blessed is she who believes that the Lord’s word to her will be fulfilled”. She anointed my uterus with oil and prayed over me and I cried like a baby. You see, I needed to hear back from God. I was at the lowest point in my life.

So, Jake and I just decided to believe it and we were going to show God our faith that we believed He could do it. We prayed every night over my belly, “God is faithful, our baby is coming. You will do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or imagine. Thank you, Lord for our baby.” Our family even started putting baby onesies and pink décor in the room we always imagined would be for our baby. Showing God our faith.

I tell you the truth, the very next month, I had my FIRST ever natural positive pregnancy test! I immediately cried and was shaking because how could this be? I only got pregnant with fertility treatments and only had a 1% chance of ever conceiving naturally. I’ve done the most expensive, evidence-based, scientific medical procedures available and they didn’t work.

But God.

We went in for our sonogram to not only find one heartbeat, but TWO strong healthy heartbeats and TWO babies, conceived naturally! Twins. What. Everything so far about this pregnancy has been “perfect” and “measuring beautifully” and well that’s NEVER happened to us before. How is this possible?

You see, I don’t know what you know about God, but let me tell you He can come down with all His grace with one point of his finger at an impossible situation in your life and handle it. He can make a way where there is no way. He has the final say and authority over our lives, not the doctors and not anyone for that matter. He took that 1% chance and did the impossible—TWICE—and I am committed to thanking and praising God for our answered prayer just as long as I begged Him for it—over and over and over again. Because these babies are living proof that God does the impossible. That He still performs miracles. That He redeems grief and heartache. And just when you think He’s finished, He throws in one more extra, surprise miracle for good measure!

To top off the miracle, our doctor told us our 40-week due date is exactly the day of my mother’s birthday. I know the first thing my mom asked God for when she got to heaven a few short months ago was if we could please give my daughter and son-in-law a baby. (How about two?) I know it’s her way of letting me know everything is going to be alright. I believe with all my heart my mom and God are sending these babies to us and we are forever grateful for these blessings.

I can’t believe I am saying this, but we are going to be parents! The Smola twins are arriving March-April 2020!

Please feel free to share our story. 1 in 8 couples struggle to have a baby and 1 in 4 have a miscarriage. But it feels like 1 in a million when it is you. It’s awfully lonely and no one talks about it. If this story can give one couple hope, then we feel it is worth it.

How to pray to god for a miracle

A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or scientific law, which must only be attributed to God. One of such events was recorded in the Bible when Jesus Christ turned water into wine after all hope was lost during a wedding at the Canaan of Galilee. A miracle prayer brings about a miracle success!

The Bible reference

“Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.”

So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him,”

Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”

(John 2:1-11 ESV)

Pray the Prayer of Miracle

How to pray to god for a miracle

MIRACLE PRAYER – No. 1

Heavenly Lord, I believe you are God of miracle, and you will surely perform your miracles to my advantage! Therefore, I am asking that you stand on my behalf to show yourself strong and glorify your name. Please silence my enemies and override their evil desires against my life. Fight my battles and give me victory! Let me have rest in every aspect of my life so that I can have a testimony and glorify your holy name. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

How to pray to god for a miracle

MIRACLE PRAYER – No. 2

Almighty God, I know you have enough power to handle difficult situations. I know you can help me; therefore, I am asking that you give me the grace to call on you during crisis. Teach me how to pray and help me to demonstrate faith! Let every meditation of my heart receive your favorable answer, and let me live long to enjoy your benefits in the land of the living. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

How to pray to god for a miracle

MIRACLE PRAYER – No. 3

Everlasting Father, please empower me to pray always. Help me to use prayers to conquer my life battles. Let me use prayers to address and overcome all circumstances that challenge my faith, peace, and progress. Please grant all my heart desires when I call and let it be well with me throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.