“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘God, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22-24
This comes after Jesus had cursed the fig tree. Peter was amazed because he did not understand the power of prayer in a person’s life. He had doubted that things like this could be done through the power of prayer. Jesus was correcting their perspective on these things so that they could have powerful prayer lives.
What about me? What does my prayer life look like? I want to have a powerful prayer life and to do so I must believe in what I pray about. This means first and foremost, my will must be in line with God’s will, so that what I ask is not for the silly things of this world, but for the things of God. When my prayers align with His will, nothing can stop what is to come.
What do I pray for? Sometimes we have no idea, but that is what the Spirit is for, to translate the things of the heart upward, as it says in Romans 8:26. But when I do, can I not say to the mountain to throw itself into the see and it will be done? That is the prayer life I hope for and the pray life I am trying to live out in my life.
I have seen firsthand the power of prayer. I have seen it make the sick well, I have seen it make the impossible possible and I have seen it open doors into the realm of life for those who are lost. Prayer is the most powerful but most neglected tool in the Christian toolbox. We can use it to rebuke Satan and use it to save lives, yet even I treat it as hand-me-down clothing sometimes.
So, today, I refuse to see prayer as some tool of the weak minded, no I will see it for its true nature, a powerful tool for the kingdom and a powerful weapon against the enemy. I will see it as a direct communication with the creator and I will treat it with respect and awe, but I will also use prayer as frequently as possible. It will be the first thing I do in any situation and the last thing I do before I sleep. May the Lord be in me and grant me faith that I might believe and that it will be done.
God Bless You,