How To Get A Miracle

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Union Hospital in New Ulm, Minnesota (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

I know a woman who has been in and out of the hospital for about a month now.  She has been unable to eat or drink, walk or take care of her basic physical needs.  A week ago, they put her in ICU.  Doctors kept changing their diagnoses and treatments without improvement.  Earlier this week, doctors told her that she was in serious trouble and if she didn’t get better quickly there was nothing else they could do.

It looked like the end, as a matter of fact, I thought it was the end.

She asked people to pray to God for a noticeable improvement in the morning.  Many people did so and the very next day she began feeling better.  She could eat regular food again, quickly regained her strength and was walking on her own.  Doctors moved her out of ICU to a regular care room and today she is going home!

She asked God for something crazy and rather selfish like, improved health the next day and God answered her prayers with a major, “YES”.  This woman’s no Girl Scout either but she believes that God exists and wants her to be healed.  That’s how you get a miracle.

Hebrews 11:6 It’s impossible to please God apart from faith.  And why?  Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists [and] that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

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Answered Prayers

For the first part of my life, I did not believe that God answered prayers. Funny thing is, I never bothered to pray and ask for anything!

James 4:2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Then when I asked God for things I didn’t get what I wanted.

James 4:3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

Then I asked God for necessities only like food, money for bills, a vehicle that didn’t drop dead on the highway. Immediately, after asking I thought, “You’re not going to get it.” so I didn’t.

James 1:6 Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves (MSG).

I constantly worried about everything all the time.

James 1:7 Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way (MSG)

God did not give me what I asked for even though, I needed them.

James 1:8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do (BBE).

I look back now and can see how insecure I was with all aspects of my life. It did not change until I nearly became homeless and terrified to the point of major anxiety. Then I asked God to help me (no things attached) and He gave me what I needed.

James 1:17 Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle (MSG).

He answered my prayer. I did not end up living in a cardboard box!

As my attitude gradually improved, I gradually received more answers to many more prayers. Here are a few:

2008  I bought a house at a good price and in a safe neighborhood with good neighbors.

I can now meet people without the anxiety that I used to feel.

On a job interview, I asked for more money than I’ve made before and got it!

I earned more than enough money at the end of December to pay the mortgage, all the bills and buy gifts.

2009   God gave me a temp job right when I needed it most. It was easy and local.

2010  God healed skin problems that the doctors said would, “Never go away” and I should “Learn to live with it”!

         God gave me confidence and high self-esteem.

2011  God gave me all the money that I needed to pay my March bills when I          wasn’t making much money.

         God gave me many free things that I could sell and keep all the profits.

         God gave me sales on Ebay and Amazon.

         God gave me a tax refund about a week before I really needed it to pay     bills.

         God gave me help from neighbors to cut down overgrown shrubs. 

         God gave me the money and the right people to remove a tree that was about to fall and damage the neighbor’s property.

         God gave me free furniture in good condition with free delivery.  I did not   have much furniture.

2012   God gave me my daily bread literally.

         God gave me money to pay bills through internet and garage sales.

Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith

I Screwed Up! Update #2

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  • Yesterday, I got an unexpected opportunity to make money.
  • I was able to help someone who was in desperate need, this in turn helped others who relied on him.
  • I made exactly twice as much as the day before.
  • I had fun doing it – it didn’t feel like work.
  • I got a free meal out of it.
  • Made some new contacts.