Unbelief

Introduction

God’s has great power, but doubt can keep us from getting our prayers answered.

Bible Reading

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Heb 11:6)

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (Mar 9:23-24)

And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. (Mar 6:5-6)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. (Jam 1:5-7)

He is a Rewarder

God wants us to trust Him. When we pray, He wants us to have confidence in His power, wisdom, and love. We must believe that God is willing to hear our prayers if we are right with Him. We need to know that He has the power to do whatever needs to be done. We have to trust that He has the wisdom to know what is best. And we must be convinced that God, in His love for us, will exercise His power with wisdom in our behalf. God rewards that kind of childlike faith.

Potential Power

Jesus said that all things are possible to the believer. So why don’t Christians experience more divine answers to prayer? Why don’t we see more of the “only God could have done that” kind of activity in our lives? Well, Jesus didn’t do many miracles when He returned to His hometown, either. Why? Because of their unbelief. Let’s get this straight – He could teach them, but He couldn’t do many miracles for them because of their unbelief. Faith comes by hearing (Rom 10:17), so Christ taught them in order to build their faith. Christ has the power, but it’s potential power until you trust Him to do what He is will and able to do. Until then, “let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

What About You?

  • Is God working supernaturally in answer to your prayers?
  • Do you believe that He is willing and able to do what you are asking?
  • Do you believe that God will say yes, or give you something better, in answer to your prayers if you are right with Him?

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