I found this blog by Mark Virkler informative and helpful, and thought you might want to ponder it, too.
The 7 Step “Word of Faith” Miracle Model
Question: I want to do great things for God. I want to see miracles happen through my life. How does this happen?
Answer: As I pondered that question, while praying at the altar of my church over 35 years ago, in a flash God showed the following to me. I have lived out of this revelation ever since. By following a few simple steps, God has birthed miracles as well as an international ministry out through me, which is far beyond my wildest imagination. I pray He does the same for you as you let God fill all five senses of your spirit with Himself.
Abraham is called the Father of Faith (Rom. 4:11-16). I believe that means he models all the key steps which we would need to take if we desire to be children of faith. The Bible says we can cast mountains into the sea if we don’t doubt in our hearts (Mk. 11:22-24). We really want to understand how to have heart faith so we can see miracles released out through our hands. We want to speak to mountains in our lives (i.e. sickness, poverty, demons, etc.) and see them removed! So let’s see what we can learn from the Father of Faith. How did Abraham grow so strong in faith?
Step 1 – Faith begins with a SPOKEN WORD from the Lord.
God spoke a promise into Abraham’s heart.
Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." (Gen. 12:1-3)
So when we need a miracle, we go to God in prayer and ask, “Lord, what do You want to say to me about this situation?” We listen for His voice, tuning to flowing thoughts, and we write down what He speaks back to us. (As taught in 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice.)
Step 2 – God adds a VISION, a picture of the promise fulfilled.
God showed Abraham a vision (Gen. 15:1). And He took him outside and said,
"Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Gen. 15:5-6)
We say a picture is worth 1,000 words. According to the above verses, I would say the Bible agrees. You will note that as soon as God gives Abraham a picture of the promise fulfilled, the next verse tells us “then he believed.” So I understand that in order to have miracle-working faith, I need two things from God: I need God to speak a rhemaword to me, and I need God to show me a picture of this rhema word fulfilled.
“So Lord, what does my healed body look like? What will I be able to do when You have restored me to full health? What does Your blessing of prosperity look like in my life? What does total freedom and release look like? Can You show me pictures of these things? Thank You, Lord!”
I would say that once we have received a rhema word and a vision from the Lord concerning His promises and provision for any area our lives, then conception has taken place. We are now pregnant with the purposes of God for that area of our lives.