Believing Enough isn’t Enough
As they passed by in the morning, they say the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive your trespasses.”
Let’s start with what this passage doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean I get whatever I want as long as I don’t doubt. The basis for the answer of prayer is whether or not what we’re praying for is in line with the will of God. He uses our prayer as a catalyst to deliver His will into the world. But there are lots of things God wants to do in the world that we don’t pray for because we think they’re impossible. When I’m consumed by my desires and plans, my priorities and prayers are very low and insignificant. God still cares about them but if prayer is something that reaches the heart of God and changes the heart of us, we can aim higher.
When is the last time we asked God for His heart for the nations and his heart for the broken around us? When is the last time we asked God to change our schedule and plan in order to accomplish something greater with His plan and power than ours?
All of our weeks are full and all of our days are exhausting but do they have to be? Are we so tightly holding onto control that we busy ourselves trying to accomplish our plans in our power?
God’s power is available to us if we will simply ask Him to give us the vision for His kingdom over ours (Matt.6:33) and to change our desires so they are His (Ps.37:4). I want acceptable levels of faith and belief to be in the rear-view mirror of my life. I want to know more of God and yearn for His plan for my life, my family, our church, our city, and our world. I’m convinced that if we can surrender the unforgiveness in our hearts and seek God with all that we are we will see miracles and lives changed in unparalleled and unprecedented ways.
My prayer: God change me. Change my perspective, my outlook, my goals and my plans. My heart is yours and the future is blank for you to write. I pray that your Spirit would sweep through our family and church so that we can’t deny your presence and work. I pray that your heart to rescue our city from the hell they’re going through and going to would be realized in my heart. I pray that you would move your people beyond the comfort of their own routines…from my own routine.