Do we, who call ourselves Christians, really believe? I’m not talking about the fact that Jesus is the son of God and died on the cross for our sins, even Satan himself believes that. I’m talking about all the things Jesus said and taught while He was on earth. For example, do we believe that “Whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” Mark 11:24, or “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14, or “You ask what you will, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7.

 

It is sad for me to admit that I called my self Christian for more than 30 years before I finally came to the stark realization that THE BIBLE MEANS EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS. During that period only a few of my prayers were answered and now I understand it was because I really did not believe everything Jesus said. It seems that I was always reasoning that “surely that doesn’t apply to me” or I would “question His willingness to accomplish it”. As I thought about what Jesus said so many times when He healed different ones “Be it unto you according to your faith” I began to realize that I did not have the faith that was required. And as I began to embrace, to desire and pursue TRUE faith, things began to change. My personal relationship with Him soared and I had a growing confidence that my prayers were being heard and answered.

 

For sure, there are conditions to answers to prayer. We must trust Him and only Him (there are no other mediators), we must believe that He will, not just that He could if He wanted to, we must abide in Him and He in us, and we must be willing to wait for His timing . . . does He more often wait on us?

 

Do we wonder why there is no power in our lives or in the lives of other professing Christians, or why there are so few miracles taking place? Well, there is one thing we can be sure of, it would not be the Lord’s fault but ours! . . . the question remains, Do we really believe?

 

Tis true, oh, yes tis true,

God’s wonderful promise is true;

For I’ve trusted, and tested, and tried it,

And I know God’s promise is true . . . (I Know God’s Promise is True)