Today, I was reading Pastor Emma Creamer’s biography and I found this powerful phrase: ‘Prayer is the key and faith unlocks the door!’ After becoming a follower of Christ, I heard that God always answer our prayers, it could be yes, not yet or no. The delay and the ‘simple no’ imply that we need to wait. I don’t know about you but at times I find waiting difficult.
In Matthew 21:21-22, we read this amazing statement that Jesus told his disciples:
21 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
I understand that Jesus says, 1- believe, 2- don’t doubt, 3- you will receive all things. It does make me wonder…all things… material things? spiritual things? Maybe I would like to ask for more faith to start with!
Then the other day I was reading 2 Chronicles 1:7-12
That night God appeared(O) to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me(P) king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise(Q) to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.(R) 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead(S) this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth,(T) possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor,(U) such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.(V)”
Wow, how awesome! If you keep on reading, you see that our Lord kept his promise (as always) and Solomon was blessed with so much!
What happens if your faith is at its lowest? We read in Luke 17: 5:7 that the apostles themselves asked Jesus to increase their faith.
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Give us more faith!” 6 The Lord said, “If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Dig yourself up and plant yourself in the ocean!’ And the tree will obey you.
Why having faith is sooooo important ?
In Hebrews 11:6 we read : ‘Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him.’
Faith is the saving grace—it is the connecting-link between the soul and Christ.’ Rev. Spurgeon.
In John 3:36 we read John’s testimony about Jesus ‘ Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
1 John 5:11
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
In his epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul was anxious to see his friends again to encourage them and increase their faith. He says: ‘We pray very hard night and day that we may see you again face to face, so that we may equip you with whatever is lacking in your faith.’ Paul wants to see his brothers and sisters in Christ so that he can strengthen them in their faith.