What are you praying and asking the Lord to accomplish in your life?
As I was reading my Bible, I came across this verse,“According to your faith will it be done to you.”
Jesus was speaking to two blind men who approached Him on the road. They wanted Jesus to restore their sight.
I’m sure they kind of thought this was a strange response. Yet the Bible tells us that they were healed and could see again.
This verse really struck me. And made me wonder, if they had not believed, would their sight have been restored? If they had doubted or questioned the Lord, would they have been able to see again?
Was the power in the amount of faith they had? No.
Yet, it did play a vital role in the response they received.
As I continued to read, I came across a similar passage when Jesus visits His hometown. The Bible tells us that He was teaching in the temples, but everyone was whispering, who is this, isn’t his Joseph the Carpenter’s son??
And the Bible says that, He could not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith!
So our faith matters. Our faith affects the prayers we pray.
In Hebrews we are told that, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
When we doubt, when we are afraid, when our hearts are full of unbelief, we are not pleasing to God.
And faith isn’t seeing and knowing. Faith is complete trust in God, despite what we do or don’t see. Despite what we know or don’t know.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
So where do we get this faith and how much faith do we need to please God?
Jesus made it clear that if we just have the faith of a mustard see, that is enough.
For it isn’t so much the amount of faith we have, it is who our faith is placed in.
And this faith comes from the Word of God.
“For faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17
We must be in the Word, allowing it to grow and saturate our minds and hearts so that it will produce the faith we need to believe and please the Lord.
How often do we fear the impossibilities of life? How often do we strive to figure our problems out? How often are our hearts full of doubt and unbelief, when problems rise up?
The Bible tells us that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine.
Nothing is too much, nothing too hard. No situation truly an impossibility.
Our response depends not on the Lord, but on our faith or lack there of.
When we neglect God’s Word, we will be full of fear, full of doubt and unbelief. But when we are in God’s Word, allowing it to multiply and change us. Then and only then will we have the faith needed to believe and please God.
So where are you today? Are you stressing over life’s problems and impossibilities. Are you doubting that God sees, knows or cares? Is your heart full of fear?
I encourage you as God has encouraged me to get in His Word. Not to just read it hurriedly as you begin your day. But to dig deep and allow God to grow you spiritually. Removing the lies of the enemy and replacing them with the truths of His Word.
I encourage you as God has encouraged me to believe Him for that which I need. Resting in the amazing fact that He can do above and beyond all I could ever think to ask or imagine.
The enemy longs to keep us doubting, to keep us afraid. While the Lord longs for us to be like a child and just believe Him.
He is able, He is God!