Today's Reading: Matthew 21-25
"Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive." Matthew 21: 22 NRSV
Jesus has just amazed his disciples by cursing a fig tree which produced immediate results. When he saw their amazement, he told them they could do even greater things than this if they had faith and no doubt. In fact, the kind of faith Jesus spoke of was the faith of moving mountains. With that kind of faith, one could command that a mountain be thrown into the sea. With that kind of faith, anything they prayed for, they would receive.
I think Jesus is trying to say that it is not just praying or asking for something that produces results. It is the trust or full confidence in God that we need. In other words, we should not be full of faith in our own ability to have faith or to pray well. It is not our prayers that contain power. God has the power. We should simply place our trust in God.
What do you need to pray for today? Take this moment right now to pray to God, not with the expectation that you have the power to have your prayers answered, but that you have full confidence in God's power to answer prayer.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims