When we go to God in prayer, it is essential to go to Him in faith—not hoping but believing that He hears us. I admit that at times my faith is not as strong as the prophet Elijah when he called down fire from Heaven, but God wants us to have an unwavering faith in Him.
Whether we pray with a little faith or a lot, the key to experiencing power is Jesus Christ. He must be the object of our faith. When we put our complete trust in Him instead of someone or something else, we have hope.
No matter how small our faith may feel at times, we must boldly go to God with confidence believing in Him. Consider what Jesus said to His disciples when they were struggling with their faith.
And He said to them, ‘Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.’
For years I had always considered myself a problem solver. I could always find a way to figure things out or “make it happen.” One thing I’ve hated being told is that I could not accomplish a particular task.
However, it took me being helpless, lying in a hospital bed unable to sit up on my own, to take the “me” out of the equation and pray submissively in faith to God.
I enjoy reading this passage of scripture that talks about Elijah, and I read it repeatedly because I am encouraged by what James said.
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
“A nature like ours.” I missed that part of the passage for years. Elijah was human just like you and me. He was not perfect. He got scared at times, but he recognized to whom He was praying. He believed in the power of Almighty God and His willingness to hear our prayers.
…But the righteous man shall live by faith.
That sums it up right there. After my stroke, I never had any doubt that I would walk again or be able to drive a car. Yes, there were times of intense struggle, deep frustration, and debilitating fear.
In fact, on more than one occasion, doctors asked if I needed “something” to help me cope. My answer to them was, “No thanks. God allowed this to happen for a reason, and I need to trust Him.”
I truly believe God allowed me to survive the stroke for a reason. I was not sure why at the time, but in the years that followed, He revealed to me my responsibility to share the Gospel of Christ.
Because of my faith-infused prayers and those of several loved ones, I am now able to read and study God’s word. I am blessed with the ability to eat and drink without drooling or the fear of not being able to swallow. I am also no longer confined to lying flat on my back; I am able to walk with assistance.
Jesus understands our human frailties and can relate to our weaknesses. We must go to God believing He understands our needs and has the ability and desire to help those who seek Him.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
So ask yourself when you go to God in prayer whether you are praying with strong faith, believing God hears you, or you are just hoping for the best when you pray.
When you pray to God, ask in faith and go to Him confidently. Share what is on your heart, believing in Him and His faithfulness to those who seek Him.
Lord Jesus, I believe in my heart that on the third day after Your crucifixion, You rose again and are now seated at the right hand of Almighty God. Thank You for blessing me with the faith to accept You as my Lord and Savior, for such a gift I am not worthy. Empower my faith as I come to You believing in who You are. I come to You on bended knee trusting You. In Jesus’s holy name I pray. Amen.
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