Morning: Matthew 9:27-34; Noon: Numbers 4:21-6:21; Evening: Psalm 35:12-28
The two blind men who followed Jesus had cried out to Him saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” When Jesus went into the house and the two came to Him, Jesus asked, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” The two said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” So Jesus healed them according to their faith and their eyes were opened. Why did Jesus ask them if they believed He was able when they had already cried out to Him that they might receive their sight? Could it be that men often make request to God, but fail to truly believe His power to answer? Do people send in their request to Jesus like one who sends in their request to the President of the United States, a lucky hope to get a response but not really expecting to hear back?
It was our Lord Himself who would later declare, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Mat. 21:22). I appreciate the words of J.C. Ryle, the renown Anglican in the 19th century, who once said, “Faith is to prayer what the feather is to the arrow: without it prayer will not hit the mark.” How true indeed! It is only the “prayer of faith,” that will hit the mark (Jam. 5:15). A wish or a half-hearted hope in prayer is a half-pulled string on the bow. It will not hit the mark. It won’t even make it to its destination! Even the non-Christian’s prayer of faith will receive more honor from God than a Christian’s prayer of disbelief (Acts 10:1-4). To God, that one who asks in disbelief is like a wave of the sea driven about. Most assuredly, that double-minded one will receive nothing from the Lord (Jam. 1:6-7).
How do you encourage trust and belief in your prayers? Grow in the knowledge of God’s power. James recalled the days of Elijah who had a nature like ours and prayed that it would not rain and it did not rain for three years and six months (Jam. 5:17). James was reading up on his Old Testament history. I remember the days of Peter when the disciples were in constant prayer and the angel was sent to deliver him from Herod’s hand (Acts 12:5). I try to stay read up on my New Testament history. Yes, grow in the knowledge of God and keep the trust of His word buried deep in your heart as you go to Him in prayer. Jesus says, “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do…” (John 14:13).
Believing is receiving. Trust in Jesus who is able.