Are you thanking God for a miracle?

Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. John 6:11

After John the Baptist’s beheading, Jesus took the disciples away to a desolate place, but the multitude followed Him.

Jesus looked on the crowd and had compassion on them because they looked like sheep with no Shepherd.

After a day of teaching and healing, Jesus asked the disciples to feed the multitude. Not even a full year’s wages would have fed them, but Andrew brought a boy’s lunch, five small loaves of bread and two small fish, to Jesus.

Jesus looked up to heaven and thanked God, broke the bread, and kept giving the disciples the bread to distribute. He also broke up the fish and gave it to the disciples to distribute to the crowd of about 5,000 men, not including women and children.

After everyone was satiated, the disciples gathered 12 baskets of leftovers.

John tells us that all the books in the world could not contain the works of Jesus. Yet, this story is the only one recorded in all four Gospels.

Again, in all four Gospels, Jesus blesses or gives thanks before He breaks the bread and fish and gives it to the disciples to distribute.

If it is important to Jesus to thank God before He does the will of God, how much more important it is for me to thank God for the works and miracles He is performing in my life.

After God told Keith and me that He was going to heal me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, we began thanking God for my healing, although I was still in pain, still exhausted, still taking powerful medications. These prayers were not “name it and claim it” prayers; these prayers were genuine prayers of thanksgiving. Two years later, God miraculously healed me.

It’s a principle in the Bible, and it’s a principle that I’ve seen in my life. When I am convinced that God has given me a promise or a work to do, I begin thanking Him. I haven’t been disappointed.

Do I think that Jesus could have fed the 5,000 without thanking God? Absolutely! Do I think He would have fed the 5,000 without first praying and thanking God? Absolutely not!

I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John 5:30

What are you thanking God for that you cannot accomplish without Him working through you … really thanking Him?

My prayer for you:

Gracious Father, we know that You hold the universe in Your fingertips, and apart from You, we can do nothing of importance. We thank You that You have proven throughout our lives that You care, We thank You for all that You have given us, all that You are doing in our lives, and all that You will accomplish in our lives. We submit our hearts, bodies, minds and strength to You, and we thank you for this wonder-filled life.

8 thoughts on “Are you thanking God for a miracle?

  1. I know we have a God of miracles. Anxious waiting for a miracle regarding my beloved son Marcus Pete taking to Paradise a month ago. I pledge and beg for a sign where he can revealed to me his presence, smell, touch or anything coming from the Lord letting me know he (my son) is at peace because he was a Christian, a believer and good Apostle of our Jesus Son of God

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    • Yolanda, Your grief is great. When David’s son by Bathsheba was sick, he fasted and wept, but when his son died, he responded to questions about why he was no longer fasting, and his reply was, “But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me” 2 Samuel 12:23. Paul also said, “therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. ” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
      I am glad that your son was a Christ follower and look forward to meeting him in heaven.

      Father in heaven, thank You that You are a God of miracles. Give Yolanda peace as she grieves for Marcus Pete. Comfort her and show her Your loving kindness and that You take Your followers home, for Jesus has prepared dwelling places for us. What a miracle that is! Bless Yolanda and reveal to her Your lovingkindness and assurances for Marcus Pete. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen

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  2. I think and I now that we have a Lord of miracles. Anxious waiting for a miracle since my beloved son Marcus Pete was taking to Paradise a month ago.

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  3. I agree completely. A little over a year ago I was in the midst of a separation and my spouse was moving towards divorce. First I begged, cried, and pleaded with God to perform a miracle of resurrecting my dead marriage. Then my mom told me a story about a woman who was given months to live. She first asked God for a healing, then she thanked him that he would heal her, then she began praising him for the healing she would received. She was healed and lived a long life. So I decided to try this. I asked, thanked, then praised God for the resurrection he would do in my dead hopeless marriage. When I surrendered it all to him. My husband returned home suddenly. We still were full of division and he still had a heart of stone. But I praised God that he was home. I wrote down a marriage restoration testimony and gave it to God before I saw any changes. I started thanking God for my husband and marriage and the healing. Slowly in God’s perfect timing, I noticed communication building, laughter returning, and a big miracle I never expected. I am expecting our next baby. This is a miracle because he had fully paid for surgery to stop having children but strangely at each appointment for some reason or another it was canceled. Then the enemy tried to divide us with the separation the the enemy said would end in divorce.
    But now a little over a year of his return we are expecting. We can make plans but God directs our steps. We are still in the midst of healing but I continue to praise him for every little improvement and breakthrough. Thank you for sharing your testimony of God healing you.

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    • Rachel, Praise the Lord! YOU have a wonderful miracle to tell the world about. Does your husband acknowledge that this is the work of the Lord? The secret was that you laid the entire matter in the hands of the Lord and thanked Him for His good work. I am so very happy that you recognize how in control God was in both you and your husband. The cancelled appointments/procedure multiple times and now your baby tell me that this is a special child that God will use mightily. I would love to receive an update when your baby is born and/or a photo. Please email me at karen@firerose.us. Keith and I have been married for 46 years. Through trials and tribulations, God was good to us. It was work and is work, but isn’t life? You saw the vision God had for your marriage and persevered through prayer and praise and now with your husband.

      Father, thank You for Rachel and her husband. Bless them with continued deeper love and commitment. Bless their baby and Your child. Empower them with Your wisdom as they walk this wonderful adventure that You have set before them. Praise You, Father, for Your work in their lives. We love You, Lord and praise Your mighty Name!

      Blessings, Karen

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    • Richaard, Praise the Lord! God is our Healer, our Jehovah Rapha. Has your wife’s healing changed the way you approach life? We’re bolder about speaking about God’s works. Psalm 40:1-3 says: I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.. May you lay hold of that Scripture and watch the Lord work in your lives. Thank you for sharing. Many blessings, Karen

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