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Request with Faith

For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)

Jesus' disciples once asked Him why they could not cast out a demon. Jesus' answer seems simple, that if we had faith as small as a mustard seed, we could move mountains. But what a sight that would be—a mountain picking up to move because we told it to! Would you believe it?

It is never easy to put a matter that is dear to our hearts into someone else's hands, to trust another as much as we trust in ourselves. How then, do we transcend such human understanding to appreciate that God is not just "someone else"?

The first step, presenting your request to God, is your affirmation that He exists. We know to ask for the things we need because we were taught to do so, and because we have witnessed many prayers God has answered in those around us. When it comes to your own situation, though, you may find yourself asking, "When will that mountain get up and move?" If we entrust a matter to God but entertain the thought that He might not be able to deliver, what does that say about our faith in Him? Knowing that He exists is very different from experiencing that He exists. Believing in what you ask for is a deep personal acceptance that God exists for you. Believing that God answers prayer comes from a faith that proclaims that God is the direct author of our lives. Do not focus on what the eyes can see; focus on what the Lord can do. In your heart, what is it that you would like for God to answer?

The Lord understands your needs and longs to show Himself to you. At the very least, you must meet the Lord halfway. God is infinitely faithful to you and He will grant your request if you have asked from the heart. Therefore, do not doubt when you present your requests to God. When you believe in your supplication, His peace will overcome you, assuring you that He has heard your request and His answer will soon follow. Ultimately, whether or not the mountain moves is not the greatest objective. Rather, it is believing in God, regardless of the outcome, that is more essential as a measure of our faith.

Publisher: True Jesus Church