So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” — Matthew 21:21-22
Jesus can do anything. Nothing is impossible for Him. When we pray, we talk to Jesus. Do you need to talk to Jesus about an impossible situation? Some may suggest that we need friends in high places to help us. We do have a friend in a high place! The Lord Jesus reigns on Heaven’s throne.
He invites us to bring our needs, and it doesn’t matter how big or small our needs are. It is important, though, how we come to Him. We are to come to Him humbly and ask in faith. He has the power, not us. We must believe before He will act. An amazing thing happens to us in this process — He changes us.
How often the focus is on prayer changing things. More often, praying changes us. More importantly, prayer changes us for things. We receive when we pray. We receive His intervention. The Lord works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. The greatest work He performs is His image being produced in us.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for hearing me when I pray. As I take my needs to You today, remind me of my greatest need — to be conformed to Your likeness. I love You, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
Our Help in Times of Trouble
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your maidservant. — Psalm 86:15-16
When David wrote this psalm, he was going through a troublesome time. God’s people are not exempt from trouble. Job 14:1 declared,
Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.
When trouble comes in your life, remember two very important things.
First, remember the character of God. No other verse in the Bible describes the character of God more adequately than Psalm 86:15. He is loving, gracious, extremely patient, full of mercy, and trustworthy. He never changes and is always the same. The character of God is the bedrock of the Christian faith.
Second, remember the power of prayer. David did not pray in generalities. He asked God for four specific things in his time of trouble. He asked for God’s presence (“turn to me”), God’s mercy, God’s strength, and God’s deliverance (“save the son”). Who could ever need more than that? No matter what kind of trouble you may be going through, God is always sufficient to meet your need.
Prayer is not simply polite conversation with God. Real prayer is calling on God to be all that He is in every situation in your life.
Never be afraid to ask!
Dear Father, thank You for being who You are and for loving me like You do. Thank You for being a present help in the time of my trouble. Amen.
Excerpted with permission from Grace, Hope, and Love by Johnny Hunt, copyright Thomas Nelson.
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