Scripture Reference: Saint Mark 11: 22-24; NIV “Have faith in God, Jesus answered. v23) I tell the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, Go, throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. v24) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. v25) And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Food For Thought: I believe the kind of prayer that moves mountains is prayer for the fruitfulness of God’s kingdom. It would seem impossible to move a mountain into the sea. But with God nothing is impossible; and if we as Christians can believe all things are possible to us. So Jesus used that picture to say that God can do anything. God will answer our prayers, but not as a result of our positive mental attitude. There are other conditions that must be met. Such as: 1) We must be believers; 2) We must not hold grudges against another person; 3) We must not pray with selfish motives; and, 4)Our request must be for the good of God’s kingdom. To pray effectively, we need faith in God, not faith in the object of our request. If we focus only on our request, we will be left with nothing if the request is refused. Often times, our prayers are motivated by our own interests and desires. We like to hear that we can have anything. But Jesus prayed with God’s interests in mind. When we pray, we should express our desires, but want His will above ours. So we need to check ourselves to see if our prayers focus on our interests or God’s. Not a sermon just a thought.
And may the Good Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Bishop Lee Roy McDuffie, Sr.