Stretching Our Faith
20th JUNE 2022
The truth is, you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, mountain, fall into the sea.’ And if you have no doubts in your mind and believe that what you say will happen, then God will do it for you. So I tell you to ask for what you want in prayer. And if you believe that you have received those things, then they will be yours. Mark 11:23–24 ERV
Do you picture your own faith as a thriving mighty oak or a small shrub barely surviving in harsh, adverse conditions?
Throughout the gospels, it is clear that Jesus Christ always praised great faith. He not only reached out to deliver people of great faith, but He also praised them for their faith. Surprisingly, He also chastised people for their lack of faith. He was teaching us about one of the most important keys to unlocking many doors in His Kingdom through these.
Our faith is supposed to grow stronger as we journey with the Lord on a daily basis because true intimacy with God brings us nearer and nearer to a place of complete conviction in His goodness. A new baby is not born with his/her muscles all pumped up. Rather, a baby is fed and nurtured until she matures into a full-grown [wo]man. It is prudent to place a high value on growing our faith. As our faith grows, we ask God to overwhelm us with His mighty deeds and wondrous acts.
The Christian discipline of prayer is one way we strengthen our faith ‘muscles.’ When we bring our needs and requests to God, we are stretching our faith to believe in God. Isn’t it remarkable that our opening scripture gives the seemingly absurd example of a mountain throwing itself into the sea? God expects us to ask for the “strange and ridiculous” [in accordance with His word] when we stand in prayer because He rewards great faith!
In our key verse, Jesus mentions only one prerequisite for receiving what we ask for in prayer: ‘believing.’ It’s simple but profound. We must not only pray, but also believe in the One to whom we pray. The allure of faith is that the more we believe in God, the more we see Him move and the more audacious our requests to God become. Perhaps God is waiting for you to demonstrate your faith in prayer so that He can amaze you with a miracle. Let us be a generation that believes in this great God.
Dear Jesus, I thank You for being a rewarder of faith. Help me to get to know you better so that my faith in you will be as strong as a mighty oak, in Jesus’ name. Amen
Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:5, Mark 5:34
Bible In One Year: Psalms [133–136]