We are in a season of miracles.
The problem is I almost missed it. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.
In Acts 12, Peter is in jail. He’s guarded heavily. There’s no way out. His friends have gathered to pray in a house not far away.
Suddenly Peter’s chains fall away. The guards have obviously gone blind because he walks right past them. A battered but excited Peter walks to his friends’ house and knocks on the door. A girl answers and she’s so shocked to see him that she shuts the door in his face. She runs to the rest of the group and says, “Peter’s at the front door!”
They keep praying.
“You’ve probably seen a ghost,” they said.
As I read that I laughed out loud. It seems crazy. Number one, they are praying for this very thing. Two, they are willing to believe a ghost is at the door rather than the fact that God has answered their prayers.”
My laugh subsided as I saw my own response — just this past week.
Someone we loved was in need of a miracle. There were obstacles greater than we could imagine. Honestly, when we first learned of the battle I was just sad. Overwhelmed. Not sure of what to do.
It appeared that this miracle, if it came, would take years. So Richard and I closed ourselves in with God and we laid it all out in front of him.
Lord, we need you.
Then the miracles began. Chain-breaking, joy-filling, surprising miracles.
And this is where I realized I was no different than those prayer warriors who loved Peter, who were praying for his freedom, but who failed to recognize when their prayers were answer.
Because this was my response.
I wondered if it would last. I wondered if it was too soon. I wondered if this miracle would hold up under all that comes with healing and restoration. I was almost afraid to celebrate because it felt fragile.
Probably a lot like Peter’s friends. You see, they were so battered by persecution and interrogation and knowing who to trust that the opportunity to celebrate an answered prayer almost slipped right past them.
I felt convicted.
If God is responsible for the miracle in front of you, he can complete the miracle ahead of you.
At that moment, rather than doubting what I couldn’t see, it was an opportunity to praise God for what I could see.
I wasn’t responsible for making this miracle happen. He was just asking me to trust. To do my part.
He was also asking me to celebrate every part of the miracle. Each one. Regardless of what lay ahead.
When we are praying for a miracle — in a marriage, with a job, with a dream, in that child, in ourselves — there will always be more challenges and prayer meetings to come. But let’s not miss the opportunity to praise God for the miracle standing at the door, right there for us to see.
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What miracle are you experiencing right now?
Let’s celebrate together!
If you want to read the story of Peter and the prayer meeting, it’s found in Acts 12:1-17.
If you are waiting for a miracle, I pray this audio will encourage you. “Live as if it is true.”
We don’t always have the words to pray, but this resource gives you 31 prayers to began those conversations with God.
I cannot think of a time when I have needed a miracle that God has not come through in ways that we’re exceedingly abundantly beyond all I could ask or imagine. He has developed in me a heart so filled with gratitude every day. I received a call last night that is going to require a serious miracle. I know He can and I know He knows what is best. I trust Him to see us through every moment even when I don’t know what that is going to look like. He is faithful.
Father, I lift up our friend, Kristen, into your hands. Ease her heart, pour in your thoughts, and remind her you are in the miracle making business. Thank you, Lord, that Kristen is not walking alone in this battle of life. Amen
Oh my heart needed this today. I’m surrounded by well intentioned doubt in a situation in my life. And I don’t want to doubt, because I believe God for the impossible. He’s the only one who can do anything with this situation. ❤️
“If God is responsible for the miracle in front of you, he can complete the miracle ahead of you.” Powerful, Suzie. Tears.
Lay tree night I needed a miracle and I got it answered. There was a terrible tornado in Marshalltown, IA yesterday afternoon. Two of my kids were there. One right in the path the other safely tucked away in a concrete animal shelter. My son who was in the path called me screaming that he loved me and said he was outside walking when he seen it and was now running trying to get back to the place he was staying. I could hear the wind and my baby beating on doors screaming help me please help me! Then I’d hear him run some more then the line went dead. I dropped to my knees bawling pleading the blood of Jesus over my children and for God to please keep them safe. I’ve never been so afraid in my life! God came through! My son was hit by a tree branch but was safe. My daughter was safe. The town is a disaster. But God, I thank you so much for saving and protecting my son.
Savior, we thank you for scooping up Angie’s son and protecting him during the tornado. We
praise you for protecting Angie’s daughter too. We ask you help them as they digest the heartbreaking experience.
We lift up this town in IA who has been torn up by the tornado. So sad, Lord. Walk with them in their restoration. May they feel your presence around them. Amen.
Thank you, Lord, for hearing the cries of this mama’s heart and protecting her children.
Oh wow Angie, what an amazing testimony! I can’t even imagine just how terrifying that was for all of you. Thank You, Lord, for watching over Angie’s family, for Your protection, and grace. Please continue to be with them in the aftermath of the tornadoes, Father. Be with all as clean up starts and comfort any who are grieving or are experiencing posttraumatic stress from these storms. Please cover them with Your comfort and peace. Amen
So, last week this wonderful group prayed as my husband went for a skin biopsy that the doctor suspected was melanoma. We received the conclusive report yesterday that it was benign and non-cancerous! PRAISE GOD and thank you for your prayers. There are two more less suspicious looking moles that he is scheduled to have removed and an appointment for a full body scan. But I believe that “God is responsible for the miracle in front of us and He will complete the miracle ahead of us”.
Thank you again for your prayers. I appreciate this group SO much!
Angelia, Praise God for this miraculous answer to our prayers, joining you in trusting that this miracle will continue with his future biopsy and scan!!
Thank you all I needed this powerful reminder. David reminds us in Psalm 42 to remember all the things the LORD has done for us. How great is our GOD!!!!
I needed this, too. So timely for me.
In late May I went for routine follow-up tests for the cancer I had in 2010-I usually hear “all is good, Nancy” from my amazing Oncologist but this time I heard “Nancy, we have something here.”One of my tests, a 24 hr urine test, showed the presence of cancer cells before a tumor was formed, I needed to go for a special nuclear scan to determine exactly where the cancer was. I called on my prayer warriors, I was annointed with oil, I believe in miracles but I need to be honest with you-when I would listen to others praying over me I heard a little pesky voice in my ear saying “They are praying for a completely clean scan-this is not if, it is where the cancer is!” It took real God given strength to not allow that seed of doubt to take root. Guess what? Went in for the results and there was NO cancer in my body!! I repeat the 24 Hr urine test and have blood work Monday to “double check” the results but I am certain the tests will come back normal-God cleaned my body of cancer-I have no doubt about it!
Praise the Lord!!!
Nancy, praise God for the clear scan! Praying for a clear scan the second time as well. Those lies that want us to doubt God’s goodness and provision abound but you are faithful (and inspiring) to show us that’s not how we are going to stand.
Praise you Father for every miracle I have read here today! Help each one of us to continue to believe that you are bigger than any problem we have here on earth! You are the true healer, the restorer of our hearts! Let us not forget this awesome truth!
Loved this Suzie. Such a great reminder to REMEMBER! Today I’m focusing on the many miracles He’s done in my family’s lives as I pray for ones not yet received. Thank you for this! ♥️
I can’t tell you how much I love this! This word has been in my daily prayers and conversations this week.
Thanks for this good word, Suzie. I was disheartened when a friend needing a miracle JUST LIKE Peter’s was not released from jail in Turkey this week. Yet the miracle? At his hearing he testified that he knew he was in jail for the gospel, he shared the gospel, and read the names of his accusers and publicly forgave them. (Our friend in jail is freer than most people walking around outside!) I will continue praying for his mental and emotional health, as well as for his release.
So sorry to read this, Betsy. Praying for your friend!
I have been praying for the last two years that God would heal my daughter of so many things that have attacked her body plus debilating migraines. She was working from home and had a good job and it paid her enough to support herself and two sons. It was perfect because she could work around her pain. The company was in Virginia and we live in N.C. And the company decided to lay off everyone working in a different state than Va. she was devastated. There was no warning, they just called that morning and laid her off. Her bonus for the year would have been in two weeks so she did not get the bonus. No money saved, it took everything to live. Her headaches are much worse plus she has other medical problems. I have prayed that she will find another job at home or that God would heal her body so she could get a job outside the home.
She is a Christian and so am I. I know that God hears our prayers and that He loves us, but it has been two years and still no job. I am doing all I can to help her and she is trying to drive for Uber on the days the pain is not severe. I don’t understand why our prayers haven been answered or what God has planned for her. She hasn’t lost faith, but she is very depressed and just doesn’t know what to do. Please pray for her, her name is Jennifer.
So sorry this has happened to your daughter, Gail! 🙏
Lord, today we wrap around Gail and her daughter. Lord, I pray for healing for those headaches, but also come to you for direction and provision for Gail’s daughter. Be with her daily. Show her the next step. Replace what has been stolen from her in ways that surprise her. In Jesus’ name, we trust you and thank you for being with this sweet daughter of yours.
I have stage four kidney disease and am truly believing God for a miracle for me and my family. Thank you for the reminder that we have to continue believing and holding fast to God even if we are scared.
Joining you in prayer for a miracle healing, daily strength, faith that your Heavenly Father is near at all times, hears your prayers, and hasn’t forgotten you!