THE PROBLEM OF UNBELIEF
by Tim Whedbee
So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief. – Hebrews 3:19 (HCSB)
Do we as believers pray believing that God will answer our prayers? I hypothesize that if we did we would spend more time at the altar on our knees. The greatest men and women of our faith have been highly committed to prayer, often times spending hours a day before the throne of grace. During your day, when do you set aside time to boldly petition the Father? The Apostle John gives us three pointers for praying in belief:
• Come with Confidence – “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence [or boldness], so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16, NIV
• Ask According to His Will – “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” -James 4:3, ESV
• Know that He Hears Us – “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry out aloud: and He shall hear my voice.” -Psalm 55:17, KJV
Be encouraged! Answered prayer isn’t a complex puzzle God wants you to solve. He’s provided you the way to Himself through Jesus, all because He desires trusted fellowship with you. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV). As a believer, everything is in place. It’s go time!
Prayer: Lord, I admit my lack of confidence in You. I know that You are more than able to help me overcome my unbelief because You don’t want me to live this way. Help me to find truth in Your Word that erases my doubts and fears.
“Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one ever bothered to ask.” – Billy Graham
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