May 30th, 2019
The life of the Christian is based on one premise. Salvation by grace through faith. But the thing is that most of us, me included, don’t consistently invest real faith in what we claim to believe.
Sounds a bit harsh, but it is true.
For myself, and I don’t think I’m atypical among believers, I realized something several weeks ago as I was struggling through financial challenges of being unemployed.
There was an application I had submitted for approval, requesting relieve from a burden, which the meager funds from unemployment could not cover. When I submitted it I was told that it would take six weeks to get an answer.
Revelation regarding my prayer life had hit me and I was seeking repentance in earnest. I had concluded that when I prayed for provision from the Lord; I wasn’t really investing real faith in the fact that God was willing and/or able to provide that which I was praying for.
“Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”
John 14:1 (CSB)
Was I really there?
I didn’t feel I was, so I asked the Lord to provide me the strength to fight against my unbelief.
Jesus said to him, “ ‘If you can’? Everything is possible for the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe; help my unbelief! ”
Mark 9:23-24 (CSB)
I was patterning my pleading to the Lord in the same manner of the father whose son was possessed by a violent spirit.
When I had finished my request in earnest, I then sought the Lord’s favor with the request I had just submitted. I asked for God to shorten the response time for the application from the six-week minimum.
With peace in my heart I finished and in exactly one week to the day the email came notifying me that the request had been approved.
The experience bolstered my confidence in entrusting my faith in God to do what he says he will do. Prayer is just one aspect of where this total investment of faith is critical for our walk which is based expressly on faith. That faith is what proffers grace and grace is what redeems us.
Jesus said to him, “’If you can’? Everything is possible for the one who believes.”
Mark 9:23 (CSB)
If we really believe, invest that faith which is the basis of our salvation, things are possible we would never have imagined.
This isn’t some abstraction that has been morphed into something we want it to say for the sake of this devotional. These are things that Jesus stated about belief. It is critical.
Let me ask you this…
- Do you believe that Jesus is the great physician and able to heal any disease?
- Do you believe in miracles and that they happen today?
- Do you believe that God wants to provide good things for his children?
- Do you believe that you are one of his children?
If you said yes to these, then why would it be that we pray in doubt? Why would it be that we don’t live our lives in the trust that God will do what he has told us he will do for us?
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (CSB)
Can we honestly say this is what we believe?
Brothers and Sisters, each of us need to evaluate our belief system and make the adjustments to our attitude about prayer, modify our trust quotient in the Lords eagerness to provide good things for us.
Yes, we may not always immediately appreciate the trials and temptations we are faced with; we don’t have to. What we do need to do is place all our faith and hope in God and live that faith day by day and hour by hour.
My prayer life has come to a radical change as a result of realizing that I was only putting the least amount of faith in what I was praying about. I’m ashamed that that attitude likely was evident to those around me, likely those who are not under the grace of Jesus who I was to be an example to of the love of Jesus.
I am thankful that this error in my attitude was disclosed and Jesus did so in such a gentle and loving way.
“Believe”! Be secure in your faith. Doubt is a tool of the enemy and he will use it to defeat us in our purpose, if we allow him to. Pray, “Lord Jesus, help my unbelief”. So we may become effective, involved, and engaged disciples of Christ!
In the Grace of Jesus!