In response, Bruce receives a message directing him to an empty warehouse where God Himself (Morgan Freeman) appears. He first doesn't believe that He is God, until He pulls a trick to have 7 fingers on his hand and showing his personal file from a cabinet that goes for a mile. God offers Bruce His role to be God to see how God's job is tough, and tells him that he cannot tell anyone that he is God nor use the powers to alter free will, while God Himself will take a "vacation" from His work.
Bruce is initially jubilant and uses his newfound abilities for personal gain, such as impressing his girlfriend Grace Connelly (Jennifer Aniston) (including using an invisible rope to pull in the moon and create a romantic backdrop, unknowingly causing a tsunami in Kitamoto City in Japan as a result), taking revenge on the gang that assaulted him, and getting his job back, exchanging his Datsun for a Saleen S7, enlarging Grace's breasts, creating spectacular events while reporting on field (like locating the body of Jimmy Hoffa, creating a meteor blast right next to a festival which he is reporting), or making his dog use the toilet.
Also, Bruce also exacts revenge against Evan, by altering the prompter to create awkward and illogical texts, making him fart, enhancing his voice to a really high pitch and forcing him to make gibberish sounds. This results in Evan being sent back to his reporting job and Bruce being installed as the new anchor. To celebrate, Bruce invites Grace out to the restaurant that they went to on their first date. Grace believes that he will propose to her and is very disappointed when he only informs her of his promotion.
Bruce begins hearing voices in his head that (at first) he cannot understand. God explains that the voices are prayers meant for God that Bruce must deal with. He also confronts Bruce on using his powers for personal gain and not for helping people. Bruce decides to try to help people and orders for all the prayers to become documents in drawers, which causes over 50 drawers to appear in his room. He also tries small notepads, but over a million appear in his room, so he sets a computer and an email system to respond, but after over millions of emails show up, he saves time by automatically responding to each email with Yes, without regard for consequences.
When Grace arrives at the party celebrating Bruce's promotion, she finds Bruce and his co-anchor Susan Ortega (Catherine Bell) kissing, after she had forcefully come on to him. Grace flees and Bruce follows her, but she refuses to believe it was a misunderstanding. As Bruce looks around, he realizes that the city has fallen into chaos due to his actions, since everybody in Buffalo has won the lottery, resulting in everyone winning only $17. Bruce returns to God and asks how people can all act this way after he gave them what they wanted. God gives Bruce some words of wisdom: "If you want to see a miracle, be the miracle." Bruce returns to his computer and unplugs the prayer system. He then resigns his job and proceeds to help people without using God's powers.
Grace's sister Debbie (Lisa Ann Walter) stops by to retrieve her things and sees how Bruce has changed. She informs him that every night Grace prays, and that usually it's for him. Bruce reactivates the prayer computer to search for Grace and finds many prayers asking for his success and well being. As he reads them, another prayer from Grace arrives, asking not to be in love with Bruce anymore.
Saddened, Bruce walks alone on a highway in a thunderstorm. He asks God to take back His powers and to remove his fate from his own hands. Bruce is suddenly struck by a truck and, upon regaining consciousness, finds himself in a white void (presumably Heaven). God appears, and asks Bruce what he really wants; Bruce says that he only wants to make sure that Grace finds a man who makes her happy.
God agrees to this situation, and Bruce finds himself miraculously alive, bruised and bandaged in the hospital. Grace arrives and the two rekindle their relationship, later becoming engaged. After his recovery, Bruce returns to field reporting, but now takes more pleasure in the simple stories and interviews after realizing what his thoughts were.