Soputan Mt., North Sulawesi, Indonesia (by Dave Gullett, 06:00 AM local time, 2008/08/16)
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” (Mark 11:22-25 NLT)
This is Day 36 of 48 Days Seeking God, a Bible Reading Plan from YouVersion. I have been reading Scriptures on seeking God, prayer and faith. Today verse from Gospel of Mark gave me a different understanding. These questions got me to think the attitude of my heart when I come to God in prayer asking for miracles or whatever I need.
Jesus made some amazing statements about faith and prayer. Is there anything too difficult for God, the One who created everything? Why do so many Christians rarely experience the miraculous power of God? Could it be that we have too much unbelief? Does our lack of faith put limits on God? What mountains are in your life? Are you pleasing God by actively asking and believing in Him to bring about His glory in each situation?
When Jesus says, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours,” He really means it. But do I really believe it because of the situation we are in now? I am learning to trust in God. I am learning to lean on Him and His grace. I am learning to have faith in Him and His promises he gives to me. Every single moment, I am learning.
My husband often tells me this, “We don’t know what the future holds. So why worry so much?” That’s the point. We do not control the future, God does. We do not see the days to come, but God does. We are not perfect, but God is. His plan is way better then our plans. Honestly, I worry a lot. When I worry, I cannot think, much more pray. I need to have faith. MORE FAITH in God.
Today I ask God to give me (once more) the faith of moving the mountain. I pray that God will be glorified and pleased because of my faith in Him. I do not want to stop trusting him. And the same prayer I pray for you, too, today.