[A woman] attended Presence 2006. At this conference there was two sessions where people were given the opportunity to give into the miracle offering. During the second miracle offering, PsS Phil stopped praying/preaching when [the woman] came forward to place her miracle offering in the basket and asked her what she believing in God for. She told him a baby. Ps Phil, Ps Sunday & other pastors at the front then prayed over her. God is amazing – One year later during Presence 2007, she found out she was pregnant. She has since given birth to a beautiful baby girl.
From Phil Pringle’s Revival message 6 April 2008.
It is wonderful that God heard this woman’s prayers and she is now mother to a beautiful baby girl. And it is great that she had the opportunity to receive prayer.
I do find the practice of ‘miracle offerings’ curious though. Is this practice peddling the gospel? Is it implying that you can buy a miracle from God? Why else it would be called a ‘miracle offering’?
The miracle offering is stressed here as much as the answer to prayer. Does God need – or want – us to give him money before He will answer our prayers?
18However, when Simon saw that the [Holy] Spirit was imparted through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he brought money and offered it to them,
19Saying, Grant me also this power and authority, in order that anyone on whom I place my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.
20But Peter said to him, Destruction overtake your money and you, because you imagined you could obtain the [free] gift of God with money!
Is this a case where this scripture applies? I don’t seem to recall Jesus asking for an offering before he prayed for someone or healed a person. Is the Holy Spirit the only free gift from God, or is every gift free? Is this a good way for the church to raise money?