You feel like God is moving in your life to pray for people. You want to pray just like Jesus did in the Bible and see real miracles, but you ask yourself, how can I do those miracles?
I’d love to share some helpful points I learned from the gospels and Jesus’ example. I came up with 9 points that God taught me throughout the years, that helped me fight with Jesus against cancer in my body, and even help me pray for the miraculous today.
Let’s dive right in.
1. Confront the problem straight on in faith
Jesus confronted every problem head-on in faith. He never backed down from a spiritual challenge. He was never insecure.
No matter if it was an incurable disease like leprosy or a demonized person cutting himself, Jesus literally walked into these tough situations with faith in His heavenly Father. (Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39)
He stood firm even in the face of a bad storm that threatened to overthrow the boat. He didn’t run away from the storm – He faced it. In authority, He commanded it to be still. (Mark 4:35-41)
Whenever you encounter a situation that requires a miracle, stand firm and don’t back down. Your heavenly Father prepared everything for you to overcome this circumstance with Him.
You can face any spiritual giant with Jesus. Sometimes all it needs is an attitude of unwavering faith.
This faith might get challenged. But rest assured, God is with you and wants to help you perform powerful miracles in His name.
2. Pray for the sick in faith and lay hands on them
In most of Jesus’ healings, we don’t read of long-winded prayers. He performed miracles by pronouncing healing, forgiveness, or by touching the sick. (Mark 1:29-31, Matthew 8:5-13, 9:1-8)
In one instance, He even smeared dirt and saliva in a blind man’s eyes. (Mark 8:22-26, John 9:1-41)
Now, I am not encouraging you to spit on people to heal them!
My point is, we have to stop our long-winded thank-you-Jesus-amen-prayers and step out in faith and authority.
If there is sickness, disease, pain, or anything else, pray for the situation or the person by declaring healing in the name of Jesus. As a step of faith, lay hands on the sick while you pray to heal them. (Mark 16:17-18)
“And these signs will follow those who believe:
In My name they will cast out demons; (…)
they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:17-18 NKJV
I have witnessed this several times how God moves through a powerful yet short prayer of faith, commanding the pain or sickness to leave in the name of Jesus and releasing healing.
Countless people are being healed this way.
Jesus commanded us to lay hands on the sick. He promised they would recover.
It worked back then- it still works today.
To help you in your Bible studies and as an encouragement, I put together all miracles of Jesus in chronological order in a helpful overview with the corresponding passages. I believe this is going to be a great resource for you.
3. Cast out demons by the Holy Spirit
The casting out of demons might or might not be a new concept to you. In any case, it is very relevant today. Maybe more than it was in the times of Jesus.
Jesus said, “(…) if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”
In the parallel scripture in Luke 11:20, He says, “(…) if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”
If we know something demonic goes on, you have the authority as a born-again Christian to cast it out in the name of Jesus. (John 20:21, Mark 16:17-20, Luke 9:1, 10:19, Ephesians 2:6, 1 John 4:4)
Jesus promised that the kingdom of God would manifest whenever we cast out demons in the name of Jesus. Some Christians call this spiritual warfare.
Other Christians still believe casting out demons is either reserved for specially anointed deliverance ministers or only needed for unsaved people.
Let’s stick with the example of Jesus.
Jesus commanded all His disciples to cast out demons, not just a few. (Luke 9:1, Matthew 10:1,7-8, Mark 16:15-20, John 20:21) He commanded them to teach and pass on everything He taught them. (Matthew 28:19-20)
We know, as they stepped out in faith and did these things, God confirmed their word with signs, wonders, and miracles. (Mark 16:20)
That means we ought to do the same.
I encourage you to be bold and trust in the Lord as you cast demons out.
Should this concept be new to you, you’re in the right place. I put together tons of resources on healing, deliverance, and spiritual warfare on this website. Maybe the following article would be good to dig deeper: What Is Self-Deliverance? A helpful guide to freedom
4. Pray boldly in your authority in Jesus
When we look at the way Jesus prayed for miracles, we never see Him being timid or insecure.
Maybe you say, “Well, yeah, duh. That’s Jesus.”
While we might be on different levels of freedom in the boldness scale, the same principle applies to us:
Pray bold in your authority in Jesus.
I know we all have been there. We are about to pray for someone, we believe for a miracle, and then all the doubting thoughts of insecurity flush through our minds.
Whatever thoughts you might have, remind yourself of the authority God has given you in Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6, Romans 8:17)
He has given you authority to heal the sick, cast out demons, and even raise the dead. (Mark 16:15-20)
Didn’t Jesus say, He who believes in Him will do greater things than He did? (John 14:12)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me,
the works that I do he will do also;
and greater works than these he will do,
because I go to My Father.”
John 14:12 NKJV
Take comfort in this.
God is about to move through you and miraculously change someone’s life.
5. Base your prayers on the promises of God
Something I learned early in my Christian walk: How do you know your prayer is (in) the will of God?
The answer is: When you pray the Word of God.
It is the 100% will of God. Therefore use biblical promises fitting to the situation to bring before God and declare them into the spiritual realm.
When you pray for a healing miracle, you could declare e.g., Isaiah 53:5:
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
It might also help to read/quote the promise out loud. In any case, you could pray something like this:
In Jesus’ name, I bind and break the fever and release complete healing into the body right now. I declare that John is healed in Jesus’ wounds. Therefore, all sickness has to leave him right now in the name of Jesus!
6. Fast and pray to ready yourself spiritually
Maybe you have heard of the power that lies in the combination of fasting and prayer.
Often, before Jesus had a pivotal event coming the next day, He would seek solitude in prayer.
We can see this e.g. before He chose His disciples by name or even before He was arrested and crucified. (Luke 6:12-16, Matthew 26:36-56)
Granted, He didn’t fast in that time – at least it is not recorded. However, we can learn from Jesus how serious prayer can elevate us into another level of intimacy with God and increase our anointing. Fasting is only going to accelerate this process.
I would even make the point, that Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and prayer prepared Him in a way for His ministry.
Fasting makes us weak and reminds us how we depend on God. We reach out for His help in our weakness. We cut out all noise to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit better.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners;
and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
James 4:8 NKJV
It becomes a focused time of intimacy and preparation, where God gives you key insight into seasons or situations you face.
This will prepare you and give you a completely different outlook on things you can only tackle with God’s help.
I encourage you to take some extra time in prayer and fasting. Seek God. Cut out all the noise for some time, and see what kind of results you’ll get.
7. Don’t quit praying for miracles
Did you know Jesus prayed twice when He prayed for the blind man? (Mark 8:22-26)
“Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up.
And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.”
Mark 8:25 NKJV
Whatever happens when you pray – never give up praying for miracles.
Don’t put yourself under too much pressure too. You cannot make miracles happen. In fact, that’s not even your job. That’s the job of the Holy Spirit.
Your job is making yourself available to Him – every – single – day. It doesn’t matter if you have people jump out of wheelchairs or nothing at all happens when you pray.
Press on. Don’t quit. And keep on praying for miracles.
I once heard a wise man say:
“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
The worst thing you could do is give up. Maybe Holy Spirit and/or the person you’re praying for are just checking to see if you really mean it.
Sometimes miracles don’t happen instantly. Sometimes they’re a process. And other times, you just need to push a little further in the spirit.
Keep on praying and keep on believing in miracles.
8. Be lead by the Holy Spirit in your prayers
Then Jesus answered and said to them,
“Most assuredly, I say to you,
the Son can do nothing of Himself,
but what He sees the Father do;
for whatever He does,
the Son also does in like manner.”
John 5:19 NKJV
There is an important lesson we can learn from Jesus in this verse.
He only did what I saw His Father do. He was absolutely obedient to His Father, even until death, the Bible says. (Philippians 2:8)
It is so vital to follow and learn the leadership of the Holy Spirit in your prayers.
It is not about praying awesome prayers or showing off how much Jesus and Bible knowledge you have in you.
It is about doing what God wants you to do.
You can only do so if you know what He wants to do.
So, follow His lead! Listen to the still small voice within (1 Kings 19:11-13). In these situations, you might be reminded of helpful and fitting Bible verses. Or maybe God gives you a word of knowledge. (1 Corinthians 12:8)
Just be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and obey Him when you pray for miracles.
“And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death,
even the death of the cross.”
Philippians 2:8 NKJV
9. Don’t listen to the haters and doubters
With all the fame Jesus got, He also had a lot of haters. Quite a few powerful ones too. So much so they even killed Him.
However, He never gave in to their criticism. Oh, where would we be if He’d done that?
when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves,
He said to them,
“Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?”
Mark 2:8 NKJV
Sometimes He’d listen and even answer their gotcha-questions. Other times He’d reveal the “thoughts” the religious spirits put in their hearts. (Matthew 22:15-22, 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26)
We can learn here how He never gave in to the demonized haters and doubters. He kept on doing what Father God would show Him to do. (John 5:19)
He knew the word and the will of God for Him and the people around Him: Preach salvation, heal the emotional and physically sick, deliver the demonized (bound), and preach about deliverance. (Luke 4:18)
Just like God has sent Jesus to do these miraculous works, Jesus sends us today to do the same. (John 20:21, Mark 16:15-20, Matthew 28:18-20)
Step out. Be bold. And shut out the haters and doubters.
Walk in a godly tunnel vision and keep on doing miracles for Jesus.
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