“Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
Have you ever felt powerless in a situation life has thrown at you? The fact is, you are not powerless! God knew before He left this earth that we would face the troubles of this world and would need a little extra help. In today’s verse, we find that we must have faith without doubt to receive what we ask.
In my high school career, I have taken classes which I doubted I would even be able to pass. I felt helpless in my situation on multiple occasions. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pass using my strength because I had given up. Eventually, I became so stressed that I unconsciously found myself praying. I knew even though I did not have any motivation left; I needed to rely on God’s strength rather than my own.
Through prayer, I gained the strength for which I had asked, and I also grew my faith. I was amazed at how God used the logistics of my situation to speak to me personally. By praying and relying on his strength rather than my own, I found I was more likely to confide in Him when I had another mountain to move.
Eventually, I will reach the point where I am continually conversing with Him through prayer, but for now, it is a growing process. The hardest thing for me now is learning not to doubt. Today’s verse stated that we need to have faith without doubt. My faith in Him is continuously growing, but my human brain can’t always see things the way He does so I often have to give up control and learn to trust His judgement.
Two ways I have started to diminish my doubt are by praying in tongues and by starting off with praise. When you use your spiritual language, you are automatically praising Him and committing an act of surrender, which is especially helpful when you don’t know what to say. Starting off with praise opens up your mind and diminishes your problem so it becomes easier for your brain to accept that your mountain can be used for God’s glory. An example of this is saying, “Lord, you saved Daniel from the lions’ den, you built cities and tore them down in days, etc.”
So I ask, what is the mountain in your life, what is supporting your doubt, and are you willing to replace it with trust? I challenge you to believe God will answer your prayers!