Breaking Through Non-Prayerful Living (Part 1)

Monday, March 09, 2015

"'But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!' And Jesus said to him, 'If You can? All things are possible to him who believes.' Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, 'I do believe; help my unbelief.'" (Mark 9:22-24)

UNBELIEVING PRAYERS

It takes vulnerability to say, "I'm faithless." The father in the above scripture said he believed, however he still questioned God's ability with the statement, "but if You can do anything..." Who did he think he was talking to?

This is how many of us are in our prayers. We approach the throne of Almighty God with, "if You can statements."  If you can get me out of this one Lord…If you can show me the way, Father…If you can heal, prosper, or renew my spirit, Master… We have got to stop sending up fickle, unbelieving prayers, and thinking that God accepts them.

We claim to have faith, but we don’t believe God can deliver on His promises.

We say to ourselves, "I can't imagine HOW this could work out" not realizing God does the work when we trust Him with our vulnerabilities. It's not that our prayers cause God to work; we must believe God’s work. Jesus’ response was a call to action. He said: “IF YOU CAN? All things are possible to him who believes.” The answer to our prayers is to believe. Jesus called out that father's question and told him to believe. What would HE call out in your life?

When it comes to believing in prayer, we have to take every doubt within us and give it to Christ. We must remove our independence which struggles to put ourselves in someone else's hands and learn to fall back trustingly into the care of the Father. If He can feed and house the birds, He can do even more for us. If He can water and nurture the grass, would He not do more for us?

It’s time to acknowledge what’s getting in the way of our belief in God’s ability. Have we experienced something that has cut off our faith in God? Is our independence keeping us from depending on the Lord? Have we been doing it our way for so long, that doing things God’s way seems wrong?

The father, in asking Jesus to help his unbelief, relinquished his independence and confessed his inadequacy. The result: Jesus answered.

When we are honest and open enough to say Father, I don't know how to believe, He helps us. For far too long we’ve said our prayers, but we have not surrendered in them. No matter how we feel or what we’ve experienced, we can believe God and take Him at His word…it has never failed and He always keeps His promises.

What will it take for us to pray, believing today?

Question for Reflection:

1) What “if You can” statement have you prayed to the Father?
2) What vulnerability will you place before the throne today?
3) What or who do you believe more than the Lord?


* We want to thank you all for joining us for our Mini Devotional Series: Breaking Through Non-Prayerful Living. As we walk through this journey of deep communion with the Father, feel free to share your thoughts here on the blog or connect with us via our Facebook page. We would love to learn more about you so that we may all grow together in the Lord! *


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