Saturday, May 4

Simple faith and big prayers

Scripture: 2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18-19, Matthew 21

Matthew 21:22 If you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. 

Observation

Jesus was hungry and approached a fig tree hoping to find figs, and was disappointed.  He said, “May you never bear fruit again,” and it withered!  This was not an act of temper, but a deliberate prophetic teaching moment, on multiple levels.

The clearly stated lesson was about faith and prayer.  If you have faith, you can do similar or even greater things.  Then Jesus adds this memorable saying on prayer: “If you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  

It sounds like a blank check—and it can’t be.  Our “faith” can’t override God’s will, or guarantee something harmful for ourselves or others or God’s purpose.

And “faith” isn’t something we muster.  We either have it or we don’t.  Faith is genuine trust, dependence, reliance upon God.  Think of a child’s attitude toward a loving parent.  

But if we have faith—if we truly trust God—it should embolden our prayers. 

Application

Pray big prayers!  We are trusting a big God!  It’s not about you trying to manufacture big faith.  Small faith in a big God is enough faith.  It’s about simply trusting God like a child would trust his/her parent.  

Imagine a child asking a parent for something.  Why do they ask?  They believe the parent can do it, and that they will.  Simple trust.  

Pray that way.  Know that your Father can do anything, and come as a child, in simple faith.  

Prayer: Lord, help me to come to you like a trusting child to a loving parent.  Increase my faith and help me pray big prayers!