"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." - Mark 11:24 (NIV)
When Jesus speaks the words, "You of little faith", which He does many times in the Gospels, He's talking directly to me. My faith is so small. I am easily discouraged. I don't feel I'm worthy to ask for certain things, especially when it's for myself. I don't turn first to prayer when I should. I fret and I worry and I fear. I allow doubts and Satan to run rampant through my thoughts: "Why should God answer this prayer? Who am I to think I'm important enough? He knows my sins, He'll NEVER answer this?" and so on. Oh, me of little faith!!
Prayer and faith; faith and prayer. They go hand in hand. If you have faith, you're going to pray. If you pray, you're going to have faith. The hard part for me is having true, honest and complete faith - the believe that you have received it part. In Matthew 21:21-22 (NIV), Jesus says, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to this fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Jesus doesn't lie; God doesn't lie. If He said it, it's true. It's a promise. So why do I doubt? Jesus also tells me if I "have faith as small as a mustard seed....Nothing will be impossible." (Matthew 17:20 NIV). Small as a mustard seed!! That's a minute amount of faith. Oh, me of little faith!!
I want faith that can move mountains. I want faith that believes I have received. I want faith to know that I am truly loved by God and am worthy of His blessings. I want faith that God knows, sees and hears me. I want faith that waits patiently on God's timing and not my own. I want faith that gives Him control of my life. I want faith that never wavers. I want faith that never doubts. I want faith that shows the world that Jesus is the Lord of my life. So, I will continue to pray, I will continue to study His Word, I will continue to consciously look for His blessings and miracles, I will continue to surround myself with other people who love Him....and eventually there will be no more me of little faith.
"Faith isn't the ability to believe long and far into the misty future. It's simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step." - Joni Eareckson Tada
Dear Lord, forgive me for having so little faith. Grant me the faith to believe completely in You. Continue to show me through Your Word, through prayer, through time spent with other Christians, through Your miracles and blessings, just how much You love me. I believe I have received. In Jesus' precious name I pray, Amen.