Prayer; a Sign of Faith.

3rd SEPTEMBER, 2021

Christ for Youth International

In solemn truth I tell you that if any one shall say to this mountain, ‘Remove, and hurl thyself into the sea,’ and has no doubt about it in his heart, but steadfastly believes that what he says will happen, it shall be granted him. That is why I tell you, as to whatever you pray and make request for, if you believe that you have received it, it shall be yours. [‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:23–24‬ ‭Weymouth‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬]

When you think of your own faith, do you imagine a thriving mighty oak or a little shrub merely surviving under harsh adverse conditions?

All through the gospels, it is evident that Jesus Christ was one who always lauded great faith. Not only did He reach out to deliver people who had great faith, but also commended them for their faith. Interestingly, He also rebuked people for their lack of faith. By these, He was teaching us about one of the great keys to unlocking many doors in His Kingdom: faith.

As we journey with the Lord day by day, our faith is meant to grow stronger because true intimacy with God brings us closer and closer to a place of absolute confidence in His goodness. A new baby is never born with muscles. However, with time, a baby is fed and nurtured until [s]he becomes a full-grown [wo]man. It is wise to put a high premium on growing our faith. As we increase in faith, we place a demand on God to overwhelm us with His mighty deeds and wondrous acts.

One way we grow our faith ‘muscles’ is through the Christian discipline of prayer. As we bring our needs and requests before God, we are in a sense, stretching our faith to believe God. Is it not remarkable the seemingly preposterous example of a mountain throwing itself into the sea, given in our opening scripture? When we stand in prayer, God expects us to ask for the ‘strange and ridiculous’ because He rewards great faith!

The only prerequisite Jesus mentioned for receiving what we ask for in prayer in our key verse is ‘believing’. It’s simple yet very profound. We must not only pray, but we must believe in the One to whom we offer our prayers. The captivating thing about faith is the more we believe God, the more we see Him move and the more we become audacious in our requests to God. Perhaps God is waiting to see you exercise your faith in prayer so He can astound you with a miracle. Let us be a generation that has great faith in this great God.

Dear Lord, I thank You that You are a rewarder of faith. Help me to know you more, that my faith in you will stand like a mighty oak, in Jesus name. Amen

Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:5, Mark 5:34

Bible In One Year: Zechariah [2–5]

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