A funny example of the strange prayers we pray as Christians. We were on a long journey the other day and my husband needed a comfort break. He prayed for a lay-by to become available. We drove past lots of them but they were hidden until we went past. On the particular road we are on is a famous shopping place, which has an abundance of facilities. My husband drove past. And then prayed again for a lay-by. I was not sympathetic as I felt God had already given him a good answer to that rather flippant prayer.
This is just a silly example of how Christians sometimes pray. I believe that we must pray (although my prayer life is ropey to say the least) BUT sometimes, we pray and the answer is already staring us in the face. Occasionally, it seems like we use prayer as a magic talisman.
When people are ill I pray for healing and I believe in miracles. I really do. However, I have not seen any like the ones Jesus performed in the Bible. All the miracles I have seen involved modern medicine. I really believe that God uses it an awful lot to make people better. I often hear Christians pray, "Lord, bring a miracle. Heal this person." or "We believe that God can heal this person." Yes, and so do I so please visit the Doctor, take the medication and go for the tests that are called for. (I know of Christians who have talked about giving up medicines because they feel like they are lacking trust in God.) By doing this you are not being a faithless Christian or distrusting the divine healing that can come. You are using the amazing brain that God gave you. He may heal you dramatically but then again the answer to your prayers may be more long term.
I thank God for the miracle of modern medicine because many of my family would not be here without it. I thank God for the answers to prayers which look like Doctors, Nurses, Scientists and other workers in the Medical Field. I will continue to pray for miracles but I will also use the ones that God has already provided; the ones that reside in the GP surgeries or hospital etc etc.