Daily Devotion

December 23, 2013

Pray for a Miracle

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
—Mark 11:24

God didn’t just have a plan for His Old Testament servants like Joshua and Sampson; exciting stories of miraculous plans are also found in the New Testament. In the first chapter of Luke, for example, Elizabeth and Zacharias were told by the angel of God that they would have a son. Very little was left to chance.

Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, “to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,” and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. (Luke 1:13–17)

Once again, the plan of God came with a name and an assignment, before Elizabeth was even pregnant with John the Baptist, their miracle child.

At the wedding in Cana, when Mary asked her Son for a miracle of provision, Jesus gave a plan. Mary had enough experience with the plans of God that she knew what to do.

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. (John 2:5–8)

The water blushed in the presence of its Creator, turning into wine of the highest caliber. (See John 2:8–10.) When you ask God for a miracle, He connects your miracle result to a miracle plan.

Lord God, throughout history You have answered the prayers of those who have boldly prayed for miracles. Please strengthen my faith and lead me into the knowledge of Your plan so that I too will be able to do great things for Your kingdom. Amen.