Making Miracles Happen in Your Life

by Dr. Lester Sumrall

Tissot-paralytic-thru-roof-325-webBut Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. Mark 9:39

Most of this volume has been a testimony of some of the miracles from God which I have experienced in my life. A strong conviction of the leading of the Holy Spirit has prompted me to share these supernatural blessings.

Our generation has a desperate need to witness genuine divine miracles. The devil is deceiving many today with counterfeit miracles through spiritism, occultism, etc. It is time for the world to know the present reality of a supernatural God. He is the same today as He has always been. The God of miracles is NOW!

However, one cannot necessarily pattern miracles in his own life after those he has seen in the life of someone else. God deals with each of us individually. We do not know the omnipotent mind as to why and how He chooses to perform certain miracles in the lives of individuals. A doctrine of miracles cannot be based upon testimony. It must be based upon the Word of God.

Let us look at some of the biblical principles whereby God’s people have found their personal miracles.

Hearing a Testimony

Jesus’ disciples understood the value and power of a testimony for preparing the hearts of the people to experience the miracle-working power of God. When Peter and John witnessed the supernatural they said, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

One of the most effective ways of bolstering our faith for the miraculous is by hearing the testimony of what God has done for others. It is right to expect that the God who is no respecter of persons will certainly do the same for you that He has done for someone else.

Reading and Preaching the Bible

The Bible is divine revelation to man. As we read God’s Word we are inspired and challenged by the record of many centuries of divine miracles. All that God has done, He will do again. The divinely inspired Word of God can create an attitude for miracles in every heart, making it fertile soil in which God can perform the supernatural. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17).

When the Word of God is declared without compromise God confirms that word with signs and wonders. (Mark 16:20).

Prayer

It has been said that God does nothing except in answer to prayer. As one reads the Word of God he sees that miracles come through men who pray. I am convinced that God actually desires to do far more miracles for us then we ever realize simply because we do not pray. When the early church stood in need of a miracle, Acts 4:24 says, “They lifted up their voice to God with one accord.” Acts 4:31 gives the result: “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Fasting

When Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, He was led immediately by the Spirit into the wilderness where for forty days and nights He fasted in preparation for the miracle ministry which was to follow. The same Spirit which led Jesus to fast will also lead the followers of Jesus to fast on occasion.

When Jesus’ disciples were unsuccessful in exorcising the evil spirits which possessed a young man, Jesus told them, “This kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matt. 17:21). The fasting prayer is the only way in which some miracles can be obtained, especially over evil spirits.

Obedience

Preceding Jesus’ first public miracle of turning the water to wine, His mother told the servants, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5). It was through their unquestioning obedience that the miracle was accomplished.

Many have not experienced the fullness of the Spirit in their lives because of disobedience. In Acts 5:32 the Apostle Peter spoke of “the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.”

Believe

When Abraham was an old man and his wife, Sara, was well beyond the age of childbearing, they had a miracle son. The baby did not come naturally and it was not by accident. It happened for one reason—they believed God. Hebrews 11:11 says, “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.”

Jesus said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believes” (Mark 9:23).

Make a Date for a Miracle

The woman with an issue of blood who sought Jesus said in herself, “If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole” (Matt. 9:21).

Her determination was, “I will search for Him. I will find Him. I will touch Him. And upon touching Him I will be made whole.” She made a date for a miracle, and she was not disappointed.

If you will make a date for a miracle with the same expectant determination, neither will you be disappointed. In Jesus Christ miracles are NOW!

From Chapter 10 of Miracles Don’t Just Happen by Dr. Lester Sumrall

Comments

  1. Does God performs the same Miracles in someone’s life if that person mess up the first time?
    Because I screw up by making poor choices. After God open the door for me. I let my emotions to get the best of me.

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      Jena – There is no difference in receiving from God based on how it happened or who (if anybody) is at fault. It is completely irrelevant to God. Repent if you haven’t yet and forget about it. If you bring it up again, God will be hearing about it for the first time (again). Be sure to forgive others so you can be forgiven.

      Walk on and believe God. So simple yet the world tries to make it so hard. God bless you. We love you. Rex

  2. I have commented on a few topics today and decided to read about miracles. I stand in prayer for miracles and blessings from Jesus. I have the hardest times with obedience. Pray for me and I you. May God bless everyone.

  3. Hi
    Please pray for me and my family. I am going through a critical situation. I ended up a bad relationship which is not letting me to move on with my life. Also I need to move to newzeland as soon as possible to have a change from my life and move on. I am still staying with the guy I loved. But he is treating me really badly and I am in depression level at the moment. To go to my brothers place in nz, money is one major element which I can’t afford at the moment. I believe that god will find one way for me. Please pray for me .

  4. Please pray for me I m in a complicated relationship. I love him and want to marry him… help me pray for a miracle change his bad habits n all shortcomings. Help me pray to be strong.

  5. I am asking God for financial freedom,all my salary goes into debt.I am highly depressed and frustrated.I need God’s intervention.He will not allow me to put to shame.

  6. I am asking for a prayer my husband is sugar diabetic now he has a mild stroke . I want to see him back in his normal life again. Secondly i am in financially difficulties I can enjoy my pay ,I can’t afford to do my needs of my house, My salary have to pay people I am owing , Am patiently waiting for God to relieve me and answer my prayer, I believe in His name a the blood of the lamb. Thanking God in advance ,Amen

  7. Please pray for my daughter who has serious health issues and I have been praying for a miracle cure, healing and strength with Jesus Christ. Please pray for her complete healing in Christ as he the only one has the command over every sickness and can heal any severe disease. God bless! Andri

  8. Please pray with me for my grandson who is now four years old, and my daughter. My daughter’s husband wanted a divorce, which the courts awarded, only he keeps telling her she must obey him, that she is still his wife. He keeps her son from her and is abusive and neglectful. The court is aware of all this but do nothing even though professionals verify this. I have been fasting and praying for God to end their captivity to the exhusband’s, for their protection and for mother and child to be reunited. It seems to be getting worse. What more can I do? The way my grandson looks out of his once happy eyes is horrible – he is so full of fear all the time. I desperately need a miracle.

    1. Nancy How is your grandson now? I am fasting today and prayed for him and your daughter, that she grows in wisdom and is a good mother to your grandson in Christ. I pray that the power of the Lord is strong toward your grandson and that he grows up in love, happiness and security.

      1. Thank you so very much! God bless you.
        Nothing has changed as yet with my grandson. I have not stopped praying and I do await a miracle from God. Thank you and may God bless you and grant you the answers to all your prayers.

  9. I am having an endoscopy procedure this afternoon due to a liver disease and have been praying for a miracle that I can manage this disease with Jesus Christ’s strength. I ask for prayers for myself and a miracle, healing and strength. Thank you and God Bless. Josi

    1. Author

      Josi – I speak faith, strength, and healing to you in Jesus Name! I also speak peace and favor to you, and wisdom to all the medical people. You will be whole in Jesus Name. Rex

  10. I am writing to you for a prayer. I have been trying to apply for a visa to the U.K to join my husband . The first time I applied for the visa, it got rejected. I am planning to apply for the second time,but there a lot af obstacles coming in my way. I am hoping for things to get resolved soon. Please pray for me that my obstacles disappear and I am able to get my visa to the UK to spend time with my husband. I am also praying daily and awaiting a miracle in the form of a good news.

  11. I am praying for the miracle of conceiving a healthy child with my husband of 11 years. There are many obstacles in the way, preventing us from making this possible in the earthly rim however, with God all things are possible. I am placing my faith in Him and praying that He will make a way.

  12. Please pray for my husband to get a job miracleously this month as till date he did not got any offer. and I am desperately praying for him to get one.

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      SLR – I agree with you in Jesus Name. Are you doing the things listed above in the article? That is what will do it – getting yourself (and him) closer to God, and getting God involved totally with you through faith in Him. Rex

  13. Please pray for God to restore and rekindle the love in my marriage. My husband says he doesn’t love me anymore and is moving out. Please pray God will preform a miracle and save our marriage. L

  14. I am needing Miracles in life,.. Something has to change in my life. Please pray with me, that miracles will happen in my LIFE!

    Thank you & God bless!

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      Samantha – We agree with you but YOU must do the things mentioned in this article. Take the bull by the horns and work to believe God yourself. It is not too big, nor is it too hard. God will work with you and help you every step of the way.

      Do everything you can and God will do everything else and more so! He is a good and faithful God, but He requires seeking and faith. We love you. You can do it. Rex

      1. Thank you, Rex for such encouraging words. I love you too. I really needed some advise as well, thank you so much!

  15. Dear Beloved in jesus,

    My sister ALISHA is in serious sickness and in hospital
    we family members are in strong pain to see her bearing all the pain in her intestine
    Please pray for her complete Healing in christ as our lord is the only one who has the command over every sickness and can heal any severe disease.
    In Christ simmy

  16. I have started on a fast Jan 1st 2015 this is day 19 i am still waiting for GOD to move his hand of Favor over me and my family. The 21st is the last day of my fast and I am still believing that my FATHER will move his hand of Favor over my petitions.I am thanking Him in advance for my Provider and my deliverer….

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      Trudy – Excellent. Thank Him, and praise Him, and expect it with your whole heart.

      And, confess the scripture verses that you are standing on – all day long. Push it as had as you can. It pleases Him. Because I know that you know that, He is ‘rewarder of those that diligently seek Him’ ‘with their whole heart.’ Don’t stop. Rex

  17. Thank you, I am ready to apply all of your advices ,,,pray for me .Bless you !

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      Meskerem – Bless you too. Go to our Confessions section and find one that jumps out at you and speak it over and over and over and over and over again. Speak it till it becomes real to you. It won’t be at first but it will over time. Faith will grow in your heart. God will use that faith to overcome your world. We love you. rex

  18. I am writing you for prayer. I lost my mom and I am an only child and I feel alone now in my house. I have only cousins left, and they live very far away. I am especially lonely with the holidays coming up. I am going to start some therapy sessions soon, and hope that they help. Thanks for the prayers

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      Sheila – I will pray for you. Why don’t you read the free online book Intra Muros. It is a classic book on Heaven. It will encourage you about those that have gone on before. Churches have been giving it out for over a hundred years. It is great!

      I also lost my mom not too long ago but I know she is doing well, and waiting for the rest of us to make it home – to Heaven. Let God bless you so you can do well during the Holidays. They are a tough time for many, but God can change that for you. Talk to Him like a close friend. He will comfort you. We love you. Rex

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