Miracles Happen When We Pray The Lord’s Prayer
Miracles happen when they are performed to glorify God, not for entertainment or showing off your own abilities. As long as we keep this in mind, we can ask anything in Jesus' name, and He will do it. John 14:13-14 And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me for anything in My name, I will do it.
If we've been genuinely seeking God through the scriptures, and praying the Lord's Prayer daily with the "bread" meaning the body of Jesus, the moment we say this prayer we are renewed for the day (2 Corinthians 4:16), and become "Righteous" in the eyes of God, and therefore become filled with the Holy Spirit, and become standing in the presence of God (Luke 1:19, 1Kings 18:15). A genuine believer can perform miracles at this moment.
Jesus said: "17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.”
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me for anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
Jesus said: So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.
To all the aggressively vocal Christians out there, show us your miracles! Jesus said if you are a true believer, you can. So if your church teaching is the right one, show us your miracles!! But you can't, why?
These signs became more and more rare around the 2nd century, after the disciples of Jesus, the apostle Paul, and a few others from that generation died. Today it is almost unheard of, except for a few poor attempts at sensational shows on tv or internet. What happened? The only explanation is, no one is truly filled with the Holy Spirit anymore. The churches misleading teachings resulting in the do-nothing believers and the praying to other humans, produced generations of people with barely a trace of the Holy Spirit in them. How else can we explain it?
If you pray the Lord's Prayer daily, with the meaning of the "Bread" as the body of Jesus, you will get on the right path to become a true believer in Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, and will be capable of these things Jesus talked about.
What Would a Protestant Pastor Say to This?
The standard answer is: "these signs were for that generation - for the disciples and apostles at that time to help them evangelize the region." A typical answer from a church leader who is supposed to be a role-model and be able to perform miracles, but can't. So they coined this standard answer to justify why they can't. Look again at Mark 16:17 above. Jesus was clearly explaining to His Disciples how to recognize a believer from the crowd.
This is how Jesus performed miracles:
Step 1: Faith ("when Jesus saw their faith...")
Step 2: Forgive sins
Step 3: Miracle
Mark gave us a glimpse of this in Mark 2:5-7 & 10-12. Without Steps 1 & 2, can’t do Step 3.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Jesus: 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Notes: Am I the only one seeing this side of the story? Look again at the verses here. Jesus clearly stated that the forgiveness of sins was a pre-requisite to the miracle. Of course it goes without saying, the first pre-requisite was "faith" as in verse 5. We can perform these steps ourselves according to Jesus. Our Step2 is the Lord's Prayer. Then the miracle happens when we call on His name. He told us that in John 14:12-14, Mark 16:17-18, Mark 9:39, Matthew 17:20, and Acts 2:17.
You may ask, "why do we not see these steps in other miracles in the Bible?" True, this detail was not always reported. In many other miracles, however, the Bible did mention Jesus praying first. We can deduct from the Mark story here that part of His prayer was about forgiving that person's sins.
So, for us it is:
Step 1: Faith
Step 2: The Lord’s Prayer for forgiveness of sins
Step 3: In the name of Jesus Christ… miracle.
Let's pause for a moment. If you chuckled after reading these 3 steps, then you're not cut-out for the kingdom of God. You need not continue reading; you're wasting your time. The sad fact is, even the best "believers" out there today will likely chuckle when they see these 3 steps. This confirms the "wide gate"! Without faith nothing can be done. Even Jesus Himself could not perform miracles where there was no faith among people of that town.
4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Here's another example of human nature incapable of performing miracles even after Jesus showed them how, several times:
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Notes: And this was Philip! one of His disciples who accompanied Him for some time, and saw His miracles! People today are no better than Philip.
Most Christians today are Philips, not thinking spiritually!! The feeding of the 5,000 was not only because Jesus was there in person. We can do greater things anytime today, because Jesus is alive in the flesh, and is with us in Spirit. But no one even considers miracles as an option - sadly just like Philip.
Go ahead, start praying the Lord's Prayer daily, with the "Bread" meaning the body of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. And pray it again in the presence of someone in need of a miracle. And don't freak-out when the miracle happens, it would show lack of faith. Jesus said we can move mountains (Matthew 17:20), and that we will do greater miracles than the ones He did! That's right, that's what Jesus said in John 14:12-14.
You may ask yourself, who am I to do miracles? This thinking is because no one is filled with the Holy Spirit anymore ever since the days of Paul. But now with this clarification of the Lord's Prayer - the "bread" is the body of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, and starting to pray it daily, we will become truly filled with the Holy Spirit, and will be able to perform miracles in Jesus' name. But be careful! God is not into sensational showing-off; Jesus never performed miracles in the presence of important people like King Herod or in the temple. If you're thinking to yourself "I can't wait to show my friends what I can do..." as in miracles for entertainment, then you're way off track.
You may be thinking to ask me, "have you performed miracles?" Yes I have, but not in public, yet. I'm telling the truth, but choose not to provide more details at this time. In fact, it is obvious I have, from my strong drive as evident in my writing. And as evident from not trying to take credit or profit from this website in any way. I'm not trying to sell you anything. It's all out of genuine love for God and for people.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
"In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams."
We are there now; much closer to the "last days" now, than they were back when Acts was written.