It Takes Faith
“‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered.” (Mark 11:22 NIV)
Do you know that it takes faith to go to a prayer meeting or to sit yourself down in a chair to pray on your own? In this fast-paced society, there are so many voices clamoring for our attention that the only reason a person would take the time to gather with other believers or lift their heart to God individually is because they are expecting God to hear and answer their prayer. Just think of someone coming out of work, tired and hungry. Which is easier to do—go to a prayer meeting or say to yourself, “I’ve expended so much energy today; let me just sit in front of a TV and get some time for myself”? Ah, but if a child is sick or they’re letting people go at the job, then there’s no stopping someone from coming out to a prayer meeting on a cold night or crying out to God in their own prayer closet at home.
God’s Word still holds true today. He says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will answer you.” That’s a great promise for all of us. We need God every day, and the strength of our prayer life is directly proportional to how much we need God. “Oh, but don’t we all need God?” you may ask. Yes, indeed, but we may not always realize it. The truth is that every breath we take is a gift from him. The strength we need to work comes from him. Our effectiveness in ministry comes from him. Our peace and joy come from him. The ability to love the unlovely comes from him.
“It’s not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6). But his Spirit is applied to the situation only when God’s people humble themselves and say, “God, I can’t make it without you!” When a church does that, God will come in some way, shape or form and bless that work. When a lay person does that or when a marriage does that, God is going to come through. When a pastor lifts his heart and looks to God in that way, he’s going to preach more effectively; his words are going to make an impression on people’s hearts. All of this is possible because God has promised: “If you will honor me, I will honor you in what you do” (1 Samuel 2:30).
Concerning prayer, Jesus told his disciples, “Have faith in God.” May the Lord increase our faith so that we will have a more powerful and effective prayer life.
Read Mark 11:22-25.