Praying with Faith-Part 2
A Mountain to Move
You Can Move Mountains
Within the last year, I have watched a movie called “Little Boy”. This movie takes place in World War II California and is about a little boy who has stopped growing. Meanwhile, his dad is fighting in the Pacific front. He believes that with enough faith, he can do great things. There is one scene where he attempts to move a mountain and an earthquake occurs. He even sits on the dock in the town facing Japan and wills for the war to end so his dad can home.
During the movie, the parish Priest is teaching the boy about faith. Part of the lesson is to befriend a Japanese man who lives in the town. When we pray, according to the Priest in the movie, we will God to move for us and that faith is part of it. If we believe that God will act, we must also believe that He will act in our behalf, for our best.
I do agree that faith is an important part of prayer and that with it we can “move God to act”. I also believe that sometimes God doesn’t move because that is not in our best interest. This hub is about the importance of faith with prayer.
I have heard it say that if you have enough faith, then God is going to heal you. There is danger in this statement. Yes, James 5.15 does say that prayer offered in faith will make the sick well. But, God sometimes doesn’t heal, at least not immediately, as in a miracle or here on Earth. He doesn’t always heal according to our timing. God has His own purposes and strategies. The danger I see is people thinking they need to have more faith if God hasn't healed them. The problem isn’t how much faith we have, but who we have our faith in. Faith as big as a mustard seed can move mountains. So, size doesn’t matter. What matters is that our faith is believing that God is going to do what is best. “Father knows best”. That can be healing or it could be something different. The answer is “yes” when asked in faith but it's the when and how that we don’t always know about-or any other lessons in faith God wants to teach us. We are not responsible for the outcome for our prayers - God is. We are responsible for praying and praying with faith.
Before moving to Old Town, Maine, I knew this woman who had a wheelchair because of injuries. God never answered the prayer for her to be healed. But she had a lot of joy. Joy that she knew that God had a bigger plan for her and the world. I say, yes, pray for those that are sick and injured. But also pray that GOD’S will be done. This could be healing. Or this could be about depending on God. Faith is about believing that God will do what is best for us and for His mission. Sometimes the healing happens in eternity.
Sometimes God says no
Elijah Praying for Rain
Elijah and Rain
James 5:17 and 18 reminds us of an Old Testament story. Elijah prayed that it wouldn’t rain and it didn’t for three and half years. Then, at the end of the the three and half years, he prayed for it to rain. Both times God had answered his prayer. I don’t think that this story means that God is a cosmic vending machine. The principle behind this story is that we can and should pray big prayers. How much bigger can it get than no rain for three and half years? I’m thinking it is revival across the world!
I’m praying big for Old Town, Maine. I’m praying that the high school in town will see a great revival. That many of its teachers and students will come to faith in Jesus. But I’m not stopping there, I’m also praying for the middle school; an industry to come to town and put people to work; and for the three evangelical churches in town to grow because of conversions to Jesus. Friends, what are your big prayer requests? Share them in the comments sections so we all can be praying for you.
Prayer of a Righteous Person
Do you know that your prayers have power? It says it right here in James 15. Remember, that your righteousness has nothing to do with you, but with Jesus. Because of your faith in Jesus, you have righteousness in Him. Ponder that for a minute. It is because of this righteousness from Jesus that you have power in prayer. In other words, because you have faith that Jesus will come through, your prayers have power.
The question then is, what do you do with that power? You pray. Not only do you pray, but you pray big prayers. I remember when I was on staff with InterVarsity, we would talk about having big audacious hairy goals. In other words, what are the goals that you can set knowing that if they are accomplished, God was involved. At Christian Revelation, my current ministry, we are setting big goals so we have something to pray for. What are your big goals to pray for? Please share your goals so that we all can be praying for you.
We all can be prayer warriors
It All Comes Down to Prayer
Faith and prayer go together. If you don’t have faith, then praying means nothing. I encourage you today to set big goals for your life and ministry and pray and know that God will come through. But, when you set goals, set them with God. Then see the power you have in prayer. In the end, you need to remember that God knows best. So if he answers differently than you want, remember that is for the best.
Folks, get out there and pray big prayers early and often. While you are at it, pray, pray, and pray.