“You can get anything – anything you ask for in prayer – if you believe” Matthew 21:22
God’s Word reminds us that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). Jesus said,
“If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” John 15:7 (KJV).
A godly widow with six children was facing great stress. The family had eaten their last loaf of bread at the evening meal. The next morning, with no food in the house, the trusting mother set seven plates on the table.
“Now, children,” she said, gathering them around her, “we must ask God to supply our need.”
Just as she finished her prayer, one of the children shouted, “There’s the baker at the door.”
“I was stalled in the snow,” the baker said, after entering the house, “and I just stopped by to get warm. Do you need any bread this morning?”
“Yes,” said the mother, “but we have no money.”
“Do you mean to say you have no bread for these children?” he asked.
“Not a bit,” said the mother.
“Well,” said the baker, “you will soon have some.” Whereupon he returned to his wagon, picked up seven loaves and brought them into the house. Then he laid one on each plate.
“Mama!” one of the children cried out. “I prayed for bread, and God heard me and sent me bread.”
“And me!” chorused each of the children, feeling that God had answered personally.
God does not require us to have great faith. We are simply to have faith in a great God.
Bible Reading: Mark 11:20-26
I will continue to abide in Christ and have His Word abide in my heart, so that when needs arise today – whether large or small; physical, material or spiritual – I will choose to place my simple faith in God, knowing that He is willing and able to hear and answer prayer. I will also encourage others to join me in the great adventure of prayer.
“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.” Psalm 107:29-31
In Luke 8:22-25 we have a delightful story of Jesus in a storm. When evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” Feeling exhausted from a busy people-day, Jesus was soon asleep at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion.
Soon a huge storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water. Frantically the disciples woke up Jesus, shouting,
“”Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?”
When he woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water,
Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. And he asked them,
“Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?”
What caused their fear? They focused on the problem and forgot the promise. Jesus had talked about arriving at the other side, hadn’t He?
Aren’t we like that too? You have no problem believing that God is with you, but since He’s doing nothing to calm the storm, you’ve concluded He doesn’t care. He’s asleep.
What promises in God’s word speak especially to your need? Keep saying these verses out loud. You will survive this storm and come out the better for it.
How did the disciples benefit from the storm? They experienced the power of Jesus in a brand new way. The same happens in our lives. Because of storms we get to know God’s character in a deeper way. How do we know God can meet us in every need unless we’ve experienced some extreme need. God is never too late to help us.
Father I thank you that you care about every detail of my life including this present storm.
If you have never walked in a relationship with Christ and if you want to know that He is in YOUR STORM, you can start today by committing and submitting your llife to him. You can start this with a simple prayer:
Lord, thank You for dying so we can be set free from all of guilt and sin — no matter how big or small. Your blood has erased all of our sin. Thank You so much! Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.