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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

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.

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

  1. I’m a senior in high school, and due to covid-19, I haven’t been able to take the SAT test. Most high school students take the test 2 or 3 times before they achieve a desirable result, and colleges will take the highest score. My SAT scores kept getting cancelled, from the March test to the October test, for a total of 6 times! So I finally got the chance to take it in November, and I was really anxious (I only get this one chance before college applications are reviewed). But I had spent that last 2 months studying for it non-stop (I certainly don’t have that kind of stamina (averaging 5 hours of studying per day), so God must have helped me there), and I deeply trusted that if God was going to let me take the test in November, then I was going to do well on it. By some miracle, the test didn’t get cancelled, and by another miracle, I scored really high.
    Here’s a brief recount:
    -the day before the test, I was still studying up on some grammar and math concepts and was extremely nervous (my body couldn’t stop shaking).
    -I had scored a 1450 on the practice test that I did (this was below the average for the college I’m applying to). Plus I ran out of time on the test and had to give myself extra minutes.
    -I have never taken the SAT before and was not very confident in my abilities
    -I was still running out of time on all my sections.

    On test day though, as soon as I stepped into the room, my body stopped shaking and my mind became completely clear.
    But the first reading passage was very hard; I was having an anxiety attack, but my mind became clear again.
    From there, I don’t remember much except that I raced through the reading section and timed myself perfectly.
    For the writing and math section, I even had the time to double check my answers (when I was practicing, I barely even had the time to finish).
    It’s as if some miracle force was driving me through the test, since I got a headache after I finished it.

    The test results take 2 weeks to be released, and although I was anxious, I had the gut feeling that if God were to: not cancel the test, give me strength while studying for it, and push me through the test, then there’s no reason why my score would be bad.
    Turns out I got a 1530 out of 1600, which is exactly what I aimed for.
    For comparison, I took the PSAT (easier version of SAT) in 10th grade and got a 1160 out of 1520 (an extremely low score for the colleges I’m applying to).

    I don’t know how else to thank God but to write this and hope other people can see it.

    1. Andy,
      I am so thankful that you shared your miracle with us. The Holy Spirit was with you and gave you God’s perfect peace right when you needed it. I applaud you for working so hard to study for the SAT, and I’m praising God that you are giving Him glory for this miracle.
      God has great plans for you, and they are good. Your future is bright.
      I see several lessons in your miracle.
      * God’s timing is perfect. He knew the right timing for the test. “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They will mount up as on wings of eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (my life verse)
      * Even though we are God’s children and have been given great promises, we must work hard to take possession of those promises. You studied hard. Good job!
      * The peace of God passes all understanding. That peace quieted you when you needed it. It’s also building your trust in the Lord.
      * The Holy Spirit Comforts us and brings to remembrance what we must say/write and do.
      I pray that God will give you boldness to proclaim His work in and through you.
      Father, thank You for Andy and Your work in him. Bless him with every spiritual blessing. Fill him with a double portion of the Holy Spirit and lead him in the path that You have for Him. Make him more aware of Your presence in his life and give him peace. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
      Andy, tomorrow, please read my new blog post. Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of God’s healing in my life.
      Please keep in touch. I would cherish knowing how God is going to work in your life.
      Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Karen

  2. With FAITH, I believe that The Lord is going to do a great Miracle for I and My boyfriend. We both are AS genotype. But we have been praying and fasting for Change, We know God is a Specialist in treating Impossibilities and we shall have testimonies to share. Our next Test result will be that of God. AMEN. I am sharing this Testimony because I believe!!!

    1. Susan, yes, God is The Great Miracle Worker. Father, have Your perfect way with Susan and her boyfriend. Bless them beyond their imagination and bring about the plans that You have for them. Equip them for the works that You have prepared for them, and empower them to be a great testimony of Your good works and love, In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  3. Last March my 39 year old son was told he had stage 4 Correctol cancer, and was very sick.. I prayed all the time, others prayed for him and today we were told his cancer is gone.. and all his dovotrs have said they have never seen any one that sick become heal that fast. I am more than happy but I keep saying Thank You God over and over but I feel that is not enough..How can I really thank him?

    1. Marianne, Praise the LORD! He is truly our Jehovah-Rapha! Thank you so much for telling me about your son’s healing. God knows your heart and your desire to show Him how much you appreciate His precious gift of healing. How can you thank Him? Thank Him by telling others what He has done, by telling others He loves them, by presenting your body, your life, fully and completely to Him in adoration and service. Marianne, God is smiling upon you and your son, right now. Take in all that He has bestowed upon you and live for Him. Your steps are ordained by Him. He loves you. Karen

  4. A miracle occured in our life 3 days ago. My 72 year old wife was undergoing very routine cataract surgery in an eye that had been sightless since 1998 after a stroke. We expected nothing from the surgery other than to protect her other eye. A “miracle” never crossed our mind…… but it happened anyway. Her sight completely returned in the blind eye. The very respected surgeon and his staff had never witnessed anything like this before. In speaking to us in the Recovery Room the surgeon labeled it, without hesitation, a “miracle”. He could offer no medical explanation for the miraculous phenomenon.

    I Googled “How to thank God for a miracle ?” It would have to be more than a mumbled prayer. I think the answer lust occured to me. It will be difficultfor me to do but, with God’s help, I will do it. .

    1. Praise the Lord for what He is doing in your life and your wife’s body! Our Great Creator has something special planned for you and your wife. I thank God that you shared the miracle with me and the readers. God has everything orchestrated, from each molecule in your wife’s body to the timing of His miracles to the timing of you finding this post. I have an appointment with a physician today about an issue with my eyes.

      I pray that the Lord will open your eyes to the works that He is doing in and through you and your wife, and that You will practice thanking Him each and every day.

      May this be your praise and your meditation.

      “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5

      Please keep me updated about your practice of thanksgiving.
      Karen

    2. I just got a job that I have prayed for. Even though it’s temporary, I thank you God for listening to my cry and always being my strong foundation. My sister managed to travel to get dream country and I pray she finds joy, love, peace and good friends who will guide her. I pray that my mother pays all her loans and that I help her pay them too. I pray that my foster brother Owen also travels and finds a great job that pays him well. Lord we Do not have much but I know you have a way for us. I pray for my boyfriend Ben that he finds you Lord coz his an atheist and that he gets a grand promotion at his work place.
      Lord I would like to thank you for these miracles that have happened and those yet to happen. I pray for everyone here struggling with anything to make them feel better. Amen and amen

      1. Father, thank You for this dear believer of Yours. Bless Your child with a full-time job and with all the provisions that the family needs. Empower her boyfriend to see Your love for him and to come to know You as his Lord and Savior.Father, increase her awareness of You at work in her life and bless her with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places. Thank You for this dear sister and bless all her days. In Jesus’ name. Amen

  5. 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

    1. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. 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

    1. 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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