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A Miracle Prayer: How To Ask God For Help

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June 21, 2021

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Summary

If you’re in dire straits or have your back against the wall, then you’re probably searching for a miracle prayer.

A miracle prayer works against all odds. In Mark 10:27, Jesus says:

“For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

God is the answer to all of our troubles, and He can do anything.

Let’s delve into how to ask God for a miracle in our lives. We’ll show you how to pray for a miracle, as well as the elements of a miracle prayer.

What does the Bible say about prayer?

Seeking God through prayer forms the crux of the relationship of many great Biblical stalwarts. Time and again, God revealed his miraculous power simply in response to heartfelt repentance and prayer.

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Jesus Himself frequently woke up to pray.

“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35).

Before the Lord Jesus Christ began His ministry, He prayed and fasted for forty days.

The Lord God knows all our needs, but He wants intimacy with us. And prayer is nothing but a loving conversation with God, our Father.

Additionally, prayers for miracles must be with scripture. What verse are you standing on as you pray? 

Examples of miracle prayers in the Bible 

Two examples of how to ask God for help are from the books of Jonah and Esther.

Jonah half-heartedly makes his pronouncement on the city of Nineveh, asking them to repent for their sins as per God’s command. The entire city begs God for forgiveness. 

They fast for three days, wear sackcloth and ashes, and pray. They don’t allow the animals of their herds and flocks to eat and drink.

While this may be extreme, Jesus says that through prayer and fasting, Satan, evil spirits, and even the biggest obstacles to blessings may be overcome (Matthew 17:19-20).

Esther's powerful prayer before she faces the king to plead the cause of Israel is remarkable as it includes all the elements of prayer. She takes off her royal garments, humbles herself in ashes and dung, and prays for three days. 

She praises, worships, asks pardon, repents, petitions, and believes that God will grant her prayer request. 

If you’re wondering how to ask God for help, the stories of Esther and Jonah can provide guidance. And for every answered prayer, you should testify to all.

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How to pray for a miracle

If we look at examples in the Bible, there are many forms of prayer. Here are the nine most common elements of a miracle prayer prayed in the name of Jesus.

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Elements of a miracle prayer

  1. Blessing: Bless the Lord, as the psalmist says, with all your soul.
  1. Adoration: Adore the Almighty God. Worship Him. Magnify Him. David’s psalms frequently begin with adoration.
  1. Petition: Ask God for what you need in Jesus’ name
  1. Intercession: Prayer isn’t always about us. Pray for other people, too.
  1. Thanksgiving prayer: Even if you haven’t received what you asked Him for, thank God. Thank Him for what you’re about to receive in faith. Believe that He never fails.
  1. Praise: Cast aside any fear and praise God boldly. When Paul and Silas were in prison, they were praising and singing hymns to God when there was an earthquake, and the prison gates were thrown open.
  1. Vocal prayers: These are formulaic prayers and can be as simple as ‘Thank you God for this morning’ or the Our Father.
  1. Meditation: Meditate on God’s word, the love of God, and His promises. Don't just pray for a miracle today. Pray for His Holy Spirit, His precious blood, His holy name, and His divine mercy.


Contemplation: Finally, listen to what God has to say. This prayer is a conversation. God will reveal what He wants you to do. As you contemplate, you’ll hear His voice or receive a scripture or a message. The Holy Spirit will reveal these to you and speak on your behalf (Romans 8:22-27).

How to pray

Jesus Christ says in Matthew 6:6:

 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.”

Find a quiet space, preferably one with your Bible and devotionals. Everyone should have a dedicated space and time to pray.

Then use the elements of prayer to our Father.

Jesus’s template for prayer

Jesus taught His disciples The Lord’s Prayer. He says, “Thy will be done,” not “My will be done.”

 Our Father in the Bible

‘Our Father’ contains all the elements of prayer listed above. It is a prayer of praise, thanks, petition, repentance, forgiveness, and submission to God’s will. 

This is the template Christ taught us. We should follow it in our daily prayer, trusting in God like a little child trusts their father.

Prayer for a financial miracle

You may have been through this situation — Bills piled up, checks come in late, or something happens, and your emergency fund runs out. You turn to God and ask Him for a miracle

God then sends you a friend with a long-overdue payment, or there’s a miraculous deposit in your account. If you haven’t experienced this, you’ve likely heard testimonies like these.

Our savior Jesus says in Matthew 6:33:

“But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

God wants to give good gifts to His children, and all He asks is for you to strive for His kingdom and to seek Him first.

As you pray for your finances specifically, use the Bible verse Philippians 4:19:

“And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

The power of God’s word

When asking God for a miracle, you need God’s word through scripture.

This word is so powerful that God says in Isaiah 55:11

“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

If God promises us an abundant life, believe He’ll provide it. If He says He’ll supply all your needs, have faith that He will. All you need is hope and faith the size of a mustard seed, as Jesus told his disciples.

Daily Bible study can help us learn how to hear God so that he can enact miracles in our lives.

God wants what’s best for us

God’s power and love are evident for His children. He wants what’s best for us. When we are in need of a miracle, we should turn to God. In all His power, God can even turn our mistakes into miracles.

No matter what you face, God is waiting for you, not just in trying times but in good times as well. God is still in the business of miracles for His children. 

Don’t despair — you have a Heavenly Father who loves you beyond all reason.

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