Faith defines people. For some, to ‘have faith’ means they must convince themselves that in order to get something they want or need, they must keep telling themselves they are going to get it (sort of like “the power of positive thinking,” and “mind over matter”). For others, it means they say a prayer and ask God for whatever it is they want or need (either for themselves or for someone else). These type of people believe they only need to say the prayer one time and feel they have done their part, they have met their obligation and now the rest is up to God to make it happen.
Then, for others who feel weak or unworthy of God answering their prayers, go to someone who they believe has tremendous faith (perhaps a pastor, a spiritual leader, or a particular prayer group), and while there is certainly nothing wrong with doing this, it does not help the requester to grow spiritually and to learn how to possess and exercise the virtue of faith.
Lastly, there is Blind Faith which is the highest and strongest level of faith; the kind of faith that causes the impossible to become possible. The kind of faith that can move mountains.
If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)
Yesterday at church, a visiting Pastor, Reginald Steele, from Phoenix, AZ, reminded us to be very specific in our prayers. Rather than just praying for any new car, house, husband, wife, child, job, etc., be very specific as the bible tells us He longs to give us the desires of our hearts. Therefore, when you pray, tell God your truest desires and be very specific.
Apply Blind Faith (the kind that makes anything possible) and faithfully pray daily until you begin to see the desires of your heart come to fruition. Don’t assume what you ask and desire is too much for God to deliver. He can do ALL things for those who trust and believe in Him!
Personally, I have learned the power of faith works best when we are closest to God and our hearts and minds are pure. However, I also know from the days when I was not close to the Lord and was not very spiritual, when I was in dire need for God to answer a particular prayer, I would cry out to Him (even in my darkest hour) and I could feel Him draw close to me and look into my vulnerable and desperate state of despair and see that I was willing to surrender myself and all that I had if He would only answer my prayer.
In times like these, when we truly open our hearts and minds, He begins to fill them with the goodness of hope and, yes, FAITH, replacing the areas previously filled with bitterness, hatred and cynicism. When we realize God is willing and able to answer a sinner’s prayer, it dramatically increases our belief in the power of faith and helps us to grow. If, over time, we begin to feel unworthy and perhaps guilty and convicted that God answered our prayer, when deep down we know we did not deserve it, we then feel we want to some how make it up to Him, to show our gratitude by living a better, cleaner and holier life. I could go on and on about this subject. I’m sure you get the gist of it and I pray you will think about this the next time you question your level of faith.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
May you have a wonderfully blessed day filled with much peace, joy, strength, hope and favor. Find someone to be a blessing to today, and remember that everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle and could benefit from a good dose of your kindness and encouragement!