by Tony Alamo
“And [JESUS] took the seven loaves and the fishes, and GAVE THANKS, and brake them, and gave to HIS disciples, and the disciples to the multitude….And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children” (Matthew 15:36, 38).
JESUS was very careful to give thanks to HIS FATHER GOD for all miracles before they happened, such as at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:41-44). It was because HE believed without a doubt that these miracles would take place. If you really want what you are praying for, then you, like JESUS, must thank GOD and believe that you already have it (Mark 11:24). JESUS is our example.
JESUS said, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain [this mountain here symbolizes an obstacle or problem], Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23).
GOD wants to be thanked.1 A woman in my church had migraine headaches so bad that she could not get rid of them, and these migraine headaches were so bad that she vomited all the time. She would stand with her feet in hot water for the purpose of drawing blood from her head to her feet in the hope that the migraine headache would go away. I would pray for her, but she still had these painful migraine headaches. When I pray for people, they get healed. I asked the LORD why she wasn’t being healed. The LORD immediately answered me, saying, “I’m not healing her because she is not thankful for the blessings she has, for what I have already given her.” GOD didn’t believe that she would be thankful for the relief from her headache! I told her what the LORD said and I told her to start thanking GOD for what HE has already given her. She did start thanking the LORD for all that HE has already given her. She had a new baby son, a nice house to live in from GOD, and plenty of food—all these were given to her from GOD. Also, she was born again of the Spirit, and if she would die, she would be in Heaven forevermore, where she would always be young, never die, be with the LORD forever, and have billions of blessings forever. Also, she has a pastor that teaches the Bible as it really is to keep her uplifted till she leaves this world.
With tears in her eyes from the pain, she began thanking the LORD and she was healed immediately. This was twenty years ago. Again, I told her what the LORD told me, so now she always thanks the LORD, and since then she’s never had another migraine headache, or any headache again. GOD wants to be thanked for what HE does for us, and if you don’t appreciate GOD, HE won’t appreciate you.2
GOD also wants to be thanked for what HE reveals to us. HE reveals HIS purposes to us through HIS WORD. I recently wrote a piece of literature regarding a dream vision that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon received from GOD. He could not remember the dream or know the interpretation, so he called together all of his wise men, soothsayers, magicians, and Chaldeans of Babylon, telling them that they should tell him the dream vision and give him the interpretation (Daniel chapter 2). They could not do it because the dream vision came from GOD, and only a person from GOD, a thankful person of GOD that appreciated everything GOD does could do it, one which would give GOD all the credit for revealing the secret of it and the interpretation, one who would be very thankful for GOD’s revealing it unto him.
This dream vision was, and is, one of the most incredible miracles and revelations of the Bible because it predicts, from God to King Nebuchadnezzar and the world, the four major worldly kingdoms before the end of the world, the four major worldly kingdoms and the last kingdom, the fifth kingdom, which is the Kingdom of Heaven.3 Daniel, through GOD’S revelation to Daniel, saves the lives of not only himself, but of Nebuchadnezzar’s wise men, magicians, soothsayers, and Chaldeans by his being one of the most prayerful and thankful prophets of all time.4 His life and our lives depend on our thankfulness. If we’re not thankful, GOD will not reveal anything to us.
GOD revealed to Daniel Nebuchadnezzar’s dream vision in a terrible four metal image—gold, silver, bronze, and iron (Daniel 2:31-45). History confirms that these four kingdoms existed in the very same order that GOD showed Daniel and the king. These were Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome (as it is today). This is incredible! The feet of this image is made of iron and miry clay (Daniel 2:41-43). Part of it is Satan, and part is sinful mankind. There’s a song that says HE brought me out of the miry clay (in other words, out of the world). HE set my feet on the rock to stay. That rock is CHRIST JESUS, the WORD of GOD5 (1Corinthians 10:4).
Daniel was extremely grateful to GOD for revealing the revelation of the king’s dream vision to him, so he began praising and thanking the LORD (Daniel 2:19-23). Without GOD’s revelation to Daniel of the king’s matter, Daniel and all the king’s men would have been murdered, and those of us today would not have the revelation of these kingdoms and end times.
This is why we, along with Daniel, must give praise and thanks to GOD for everything HE does for us and for GOD revealing unto Daniel the king’s dream vision in the night. “Then Daniel blessed the GOD of Heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of GOD for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are HIS: And HE changeth the times and the seasons: HE removeth kings, and setteth up kings: HE giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: HE revealeth the deep and secret things: HE knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him. I thank Thee, and praise Thee, O Thou GOD of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of Thee: for Thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter” (Daniel 2:19-23).
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and HE shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7). Like the lady in our church, like JESUS and Daniel, give thanks if you want a miracle to happen. To be saved, say this prayer:
My LORD and my GOD, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that JESUS CHRIST is the SON of the living GOD. 2 I believe that HE died on the cross and shed HIS precious blood for the forgiveness of all my former sins. 3 I believe that GOD raised JESUS from the dead by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT 4 and that HE sits on the right hand of GOD at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart, and I invite YOU into my heart, LORD JESUS. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that YOU shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 YOU will not turn me away, LORD JESUS; YOU will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because YOUR WORD, the Bible, says so. 8 YOUR WORD says that YOU will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that YOU have heard me, and I know that YOU have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank YOU, LORD JESUS, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as YOU command and sin no more.11
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Miracles Come From Prayer and Sincere Thankfulness footnotes:
1. Col. 3:17 return
2. Psa. 100:4, 140:13, Rom. 1:21-25, Col. 3:15, 2 Tim. 3:1-5, Heb. 13:15 return
3. Daniel 2:31-44 return
4. Daniel 2:5-25 return
5. John 1:1, 14, 1 John 1:1-3, Rev. 19:13
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return