Jeremiah 32:17, 27 “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”
Frustration is such a selfish thing. We come to situation with expectations and when it doesn’t fit our vision for what should happen or our concern is not as urgent as those we engage, or it doesn’t fit our timeframe, our pride rises in the form of frustration.
But there is something even more powerful at work…
When our prayers seem to go unanswered, our enemy attacks at the very root of the issue – our faith.
The things that happen in our life that challenge our faith sometimes seem so impossible to us. We hear from the doctor the “C” word – cancer and think it a death sentence. We suffer catastrophic loss and think God is nowhere to be found. Whether it is finances, relationships, possessions or peace of mind; we are brought to a place of decision: trust the God of Heaven or trust what we can work out ourselves.
If we are not careful, desperation and frustration can set in when our faith is challenged and steal away the opportunity for blessing.
In Jeremiah, the nation of Judah, now separate from the rest of Israel, was receiving God’s judgment because they had forsaken Him. God, in His longsuffering and mercy provided an opportunity for them to repent. When things looked near to impossible, God reminded them:
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Jesus tells us the importance of our faith in our prayers:
Matthew 21:21-22 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.“
The problem comes when all we have left is faith. When the situation and circumstances are insurmountable; when there is seemingly no way round; God will have to perform a miracle or we will perish: why is it that doubt seems so much greater than our God?
Why doesn’t our spirit rise to the occassion and trust that God will do what He said He will do? Why aren’t we encouraged and feel blessed to be put in such a place and predicament that God HAS to do something?
Faith can see beyond human eyes. Faith can trust beyond all our hopes and dreams. Faith engages our Heavenly Father to show Himself real to us in how He will answer our prayer.
Why is it that we do not see the miraculous healings, raising from the dead, and blessings when all seems lost? It is on us who name the name of Jesus Christ to step up and exercise our faith.
The reality of our faith is not that we say we believe, it is what others see when we, who are people of faith, put it into action.
To draw others into prayer to ask the impossible of God puts Him on the spot. He says in Malachi;
Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
It is time for us to be the people of faith we claim to be. Do we shy away from such prayers because we haven’t seen answers to prayers in the past? James addresses this:
James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
We must clean and clear our hearts from all that would hinder our prayers.
1 Peter 3:7 “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
Fulfilling the roles that we hold opens our prayers to be heard. Simply, obedience and submission to the Holy Spirit’s leading will see such answers that we cannot help but shout it to the rooftops!
God wants to answer our prayers. He wants us to increase our faith, but also display to those around us, that He is a real and present God today.