Is there a difference in God's miracles in comparison to God answers prayers?
This question was sent in by one of our readers with the example, when someone prays for healing a friend from a serious illness. The simple answer to this question is no, there is no difference. However, there are two areas for consideration here, the first is that of prayer and the second is that of miracles. Prayer is simply talking to God and once we believe on the Son of God we have the right to talk with Him and to ask Him for things that we need. We do not pray because God needs information, but we pray as a child who talks with his Father and because He has told us to ask and to pray. As our Lord taught, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8). Miracles can be, and often are, answers to prayer, such as the healing of a friend. It is important to remember that miracles have a purpose and are done within the framework of the sovereign will of God. Therefore, when we ask, we do so with the will of God as our top priority. We pray first that the Lord’s will be done and then we pray by faith believing that nothing is impossible with God, “You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” (James 4:2). So ask because all things are possible to those who ask, including miracles.
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