Need a little encouragement in the middle of your week? Start your Wednesday's off right! Renew your spirit and refresh your soul.
Do you ever pray and just kind of mean it? You know more of the "oh yeah, I need to pray for so and so..." and then move on with whatever task you are doing? Confession time. I do. I am guessing I am not alone in this. It's not that I am not sincere in what I am praying for, it's more so the timing it comes to my mind.
Or maybe you are praying for something or someone in a really hard situation. Maybe you are afraid to ask for something with the thought of, "what if God does not come through." That little bit of doubt clings to the back of your mind draining the little hope you have. I have been here too. I am afraid to ask, because the thought of my prayers not coming to fruition stops me from asking. I am afraid that if what I ask for doesn't happen, the disappointment will hurt all the more.
This doubt I fear is exactly what Jesus is talking about here. Just what if you didn't doubt? What if instead your faith in the power of prayer was stronger than the nagging thought of disappointment?
I think sometimes as people we just simply need to see to believe. But unfortunately that is not the definition of faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." (emphasis added). Sometimes we just need to crush the nagging feeling of doubt and wholeheartedly step out on a limb and ask for what may seem impossible. What if God DOES come through?!
Going through trying times is never fun, but the trials have taken my belief in the power of prayer to a whole new level. When you do see the impossible made possible it changes your perspective. Doubt is removed when you really believe. I mean REALLY believe. Banding together in wholehearted, on your knees, tears streaming, pleas to God from the very depths of your heart really do hold the power to move mountains. If you don't fully surrender to belief you will never know. If you never say the prayer, how can God answer it?