Mark 11:22-24 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Promise: God promises that faith-filled prayer will result in answers.
Jesus emphatically says that prayer changes things and can be the cause of mountains being moved. When you think about it, do you see things you prayed for that seemed impossible at the time like broken relationships being healed, healings, job offers, moves, an unsaved person you have prayed for coming to know and serve Christ, mission trips and the gospel being spoken in ways you never dreamed possible, happening. Prayer warriors, those that constantly and consistently pray for themselves, their families and others, know for a fact that prayer changes things. When my children were younger, I belonged to a Mom’s prayer group. We met weekly to pray for our kids, teachers and their school. Over months, I found that the worries I had about school and feelings I had towards the teachers changed. They had not changed as a result of prayer but I had. My attitude was soften, heart opened and I saw their needs from a different perspective. I found that prayer works on those we are praying for and our own hearts as we pray. Jesus says here that believing God can accomplish anything is essential to effective prayer. There is no room for doubt. Will you seek to pray this week believing God for the results? Will you allow God to move mountains for you by trusting Him to accomplish His work in and through you?
Lessons and Truths:
1. Prayer requires faith in God that He can accomplish what is being asked.
2. Prayer changes things.
3. Prayer shows God’s power to me.
4, Effective prayer requires the absence of doubt in the results.
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes and my heart to greater faith. Remove all doubt from my mind and help me to resist Satan’s attacks of unbelief. Hold me close and show me your love as I pray for others and myself. Allow me to see answered prayer in the little things of life so that I can build my faith and trust in you. Amen.
What is my response to God’s promise?
Am I not seeing answered prayer due to my lack of faith? If so, ask God to increase your faith and trust in Him.
When I pray, am I only looking for answers my way or am I really openly seeking God’s answer in God’s time? If you see this happening, pray directly for God’s will to be done so your thinking does not even enter your mind. God’s way is always better than anything we can even imagine.
Promise Confirmation: Matthew 21:21-22, Philippians 4:6, James 1:5-8 and 5:15-16, 1Peter 3:12