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Praying in Faith
about “learning” and Jesus spent a lot of time teaching His
disciples. In Matthew 17, Jesus taught His disciples how to
"Jesus took Peter and the two
brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to
As the men
watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face
shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as
Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared
and began talking with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Lord,
it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make
three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and
one for Elijah.” But even as he spoke, a bright cloud
overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said,
“This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.
Listen to him.”
The disciples were terrified and fell face down
on the ground. Then Jesus came over and touched them.
he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
And when they looked up, Moses and
Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.
(Mt 17:1-8 NLT)
There have been a lot of
times in my life I have needed to hear Jesus say, “Don’t be
afraid!” There have been times my faith has been tested. On
one occasion when the disciples questioned Jesus about their
inability to heal a man’s son, He said to the disciples in
Matthew 17:20, “You
don’t have enough faith,”
Jesus told them.
“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even
as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would
Christians, we have learned that a tiny grain of faith can
bring a mountain full of hope.
personally believe God answers prayers and heals according
to our request and His plan and purpose for our lives. I do
not know why God healed me, but I do know my healing was not
based on anything I did or did not do, but according to His
grace, mercy, and plan for my life and I am very thankful.
to use my healing as a witness and testimony and ask God
daily to give me awareness of those opportunities in order
to be a witness to tell others of His grace, mercy, and
you ever felt that God wasn’t answering your prayers?
Perhaps you have been praying for the conversion of a loved
one, physical healing for yourself or a family member, a new
job, a broken relationship, etc. Despite many prayers, the
outcome wasn’t what you expected. In some cases, you may
have just given up and stopped praying. You may question the
validity of Jesus’ words,
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking,
and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be
opened to you.” (Mt. 7:7 NLT)
Does prayer really make a difference or is it just something
that makes us feel good? When we pray, are we truly lifting
our hearts to Almighty God or are we looking to “get what we
want”? If we really trust in His will, we should be
satisfied with whatever answer we receive. Our frustration
arises when we think that we know better than God. We decide
how our prayers should be answered and are not pleased when
the Lord’s answer may differ from ours. While Jesus does
promise that we will receive an answer when we ask “For
everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And
to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Mt
7:8 NLT), He doesn’t promise that we will get what we ask
for…Instead, He promises that we will get what we need.
Jesus assures us of this when He states, “You
parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you
give them a stone instead?
if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course
if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good
gifts to those who ask him.”