Sunday, May 29, 2011

Unwavering Faith.

 A few weeks ago, I was deeply challenged by the youth Sunday School lesson and ever since then, I have been pondering it, studying it deeper, and letting it soak into my heart. It was about faith and prayer. The question that was posed to us was our prayers reflect our faith, or our unbelief?
 You know how when we ask God for something, we often tack on, "If it's Your will?" I'm not saying we shouldn't do that, but the point was brought out that it's like we use that to give God an "out". Like if our prayer wasn't answered the way that we wanted, then we automatically think that it wasn't God's will. Our teacher said that maybe it's not that it wasn't God's will, but because our prayers did not reflect our faith. I know in my own life, my prayers reflect my unbelief more then my faith, however, ever since that Sunday School lesson, I've been challenged to change that. 

 "Jesus answered and said unto them, verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." -Matthew 21:21-22.

 I thought long and hard about this "mustard seed, mountain moving faith" as I started calling it. It seemed so huge and so unobtainable...and I wondered why my faith was weak. I wondered why I don't pray with such boldness. But as I peeled back the layers of this lesson I realized something. Often, my faith is choked by fears. The fear that I'm being selfish in what I'm asking my Father for. The fear that I'm asking for the wrong thing or that I have the wrong motive. But I also realized something else. When a child asks their father for something, they are not thinking about whether or not their request is selfish or wrong. They simply ask with their childlike faith. That is the kind of faith that God wants us to bring to Him with our prayers. He desires to give us the desires of our hearts. 

 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." -Matthew 7:7-8.

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." -1 John 5:14-15.

 As I further contemplated this, I realized that it's not that I doubt God's ability to give me the desire's of my heart, but rather, His desire to give me the desires of my heart. God has been working on me with this though, and He is teaching me to be bold with my prayers in asking Him for the desires of my heart. 

 "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." -James 1:6-8. 

 This is the kind of faith that I desire. Unwavering. Bold. Childlike. 

 "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, 'He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.' But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved." -Hebrews 10:35-39.

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