Faith Is Not always Easy!

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)

 

 

 

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Praying in Faith

Life is about “learning” and Jesus spent a lot of time teaching His disciples. In Matthew 17, Jesus taught His disciples how to trust Him!  

"Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. 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. “Get up,” 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 be impossible.”  As Christians, we have learned that a tiny grain of faith can bring a mountain full of hope.

I 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.

I get 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 healing.

Have 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?  Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!  So 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. (Mt 7:9-11)

 

 

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