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.”
I have just a few thoughts this morning.
Confidence in prayer is built when we see answers to our prayers. We can live off of the answered prayers of others, but we need to have our answer for it to become real. We can set our faith upon what we see happen in others’ lives, but it becomes real to us when we pray, and God answers.
What may seem small to us ought to be a big deal.
Think of it; my prayers were able to move the hand of Almighty God first to hear, then answer me. The first time I read this verse, it challenged me.
Isaiah 45:11 “Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”
The correlation between what God said He would do, and my request is linked with the faith I apply. Again, pray believing.
But the conditions God applies are entirely within our grasp. If He said it, or, if He promises it, I can ask with the faith believing that He can and will perform that which He promised.
I do not adhere fully to what some term the “name it and claim it” type of prayer. I do stand on the belief that if God says in His Word that I can be healed, or that he will protect or provide, I will stand on His promise believing that in His way, and in His time, He will answer.
For instance, say you have a loved one who is dying. We pray for healing, and in time, they pass away. Did God not hear? Was He too busy to hear my prayers? Did He not care that they were dying?
If your loved one was saved, upon their passing, they are ushered into the presence of God. Their death brought Him joy. We may suffer loss for a little while, but God now is enjoying them in a place where we will soon be joining them for all eternity. God used this verse to help me understand.
Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
If our loved one is saved, death separates us from those we love – for a time. If they are not, we have a reason to weep because the opportunity for them to trust Christ as their Savior has now passed.
God’s ways are so far above our ways, and His thoughts so beyond ours.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God has our best interest in mind. I may not understand it all or even accept it. But, God is FOR me. He sent His Son to pay for sins I could not even begin to pay.
His thoughts toward us are not what we think.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Psalm 139:17-18 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
These two verses alone have been such a comfort to me when I did not understand or comprehend what God was doing in my life.
Job experienced it.
Job 23:3 “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!”
In almost utter despair, Job is wanting the presence of God he enjoyed before this trial began. In his search, he felt as if Heaven was shut up to him. He felt God had left him for dead. The pressure of Satan to destroy Job’s faith was enormous.
Job 23:8-9 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:”
Yet, in his search for God, his faith took over.
Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Though Job’s prayers seemingly went unanswered, he trusted that God had not given up on him.
Today, search your heart to see if there is anything that would hinder your prayers.
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Then, ask for that which you know God says in His Word He will do and ask Him, believing He will. Leave the door open for Him to do as HE will and for us to see and accept the answer. But, may it not deter us or keep us from praying for a miracle.