Do you want to release the life-giving, bondage-releasing, miracle power of God into the lives of others? God performs miracles through a variety of ways, but there are two bottom-line questions which are very helpful in positioning our hearts to release His power, and two which are often necessary to help others position themselves to receive His power.
Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” 2 And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. 4 Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. 6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. 2 Kin. 4:1-6 ESV
What are their circumstances?
It’s generally true that “unspoken” requests remain unanswered requests. While it is possible for God to do many things, He only promises to answer whatever we ask believing He will do (Mark 11:24). Therefore, you will usually be more effective praying for others with some understanding of their circumstances.
Jesus would often ask people about their circumstances before He released the miracle they needed. I have found that asking stirs up my heart to connect with the compassion of God. It helps me to look to Him with an engaged, focused heart.
What, specifically, do they want from God?
Don’t presume to know what the person wants from God. I am frequently surprised when I ask because it often isn’t their most obvious need. Evaluate whether something needs to be increased or diminished, loosed or bound.
It is best to meet people at their point of current supply and faith because that is where their heart will be engaged and focused. If you meet them where they are, God will meet them where they are, and they will be inspired to dig deeper into Him.
What steps of faith need to be taken to position their heart for obedience?
God always requires someone to position their heart in faith. Of course, you should have faith as you pray, but Jesus often told people that they received from God because of their faith.
The person you are praying for often needs to have a private moment with God where they shut out the circumstances of their life and abandon everything to Him. Sometimes a bit of counseling or prophetic insight is very effective in helping them take that last step to trust that God will deliver.
What steps of obedience are necessary to position them for their miracle?
Sometimes there are steps of obedience that you need to take as the minister, and sometimes God requires them to act. Either way, they are the ones who will need to walk in obedience to continue in the freedom that God gives.
In this case, the widow with the oil would not have gotten her miracle if she had not acted in obedience. Elisha didn’t even pray for her; it was her faith and obedience that released the miracle.
The degree of obedience determines how much of God’s provision is received. It also decides how much they will be able to retain of what He is already prepared to give.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.