HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH? Have you also been told that is why your prayers have not been answered?
- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On January 12, 2018
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There are times when children of God seek a solution to their problems and when those solutions aren’t forthcoming, they feel or they are told they don’t have sufficient faith. Whether you’ve been told this by someone else or by yourself, I want to inform you that you don’t need a large measure of faith to get God’s attention. What matters is that you have faith at all.Don't beat yourself up or blame your condition on your lack of giant faith. Click To Tweet
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
Do you believe that God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him? I’m guessing your answer is “Yes.” How do we seek Him to find Him and get these rewards? By accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6
If you’ve met God through Jesus, even faith as small as a mustard seed can bring your miracles. That is what the Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 17:20.
“… verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
But how do we get faith into our hearts to begin with?
In Romans 10:17, we are told that “faith cometh by hearing,” and what do we need to hear? The word of God. As we read and listen to the word of God (the Bible), we see His promises, we see demonstrations of His power in the lives of individuals, groups and nations and we see His nature: His holiness and trustworthiness. All these combine to give us the confidence that what He says He will do. That is the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” That is faith. – (Hebrews 11:1)Fill your heart with the word of God and put your trust in Him. That is faith. Click To Tweet
This is a continuous experience as we walk with the Lord. So our faith will naturally grow. There were occasions when the Lord Jesus described His disciples as being of little faith because they were allowing situations they could control if they exercised their faith to challenge them.
There were four of such occasions:
1. “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” – (Matthew 6:30). This is repeated in Luke 12:28.
2. “And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” – Matthew 8:26
3. “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” – Matthew 14:30-31
4. “Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?” – Matthew 16:8-9
In the first case, the Lord was giving a general admonition on relying on God’s provision, rather than worrying. In the second case, the apostles were afraid of the wind and the waves as was Peter in the third case. The fourth case is similar to the first and the Lord was reminding the disciples of His earlier miraculous provision which should have given them the assurance that they would have food even though they didn’t bring bread.
None of these cases is justification for anybody or yourself to make you feel that you’re not being blessed because your faith is not huge. Remember Jesus’ declaration that even faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains quoted earlier. So I feel the problem the Lord was pointing to is not so much about the size of the faith but the lack of exercise of it.Even falth as small as a mustard seed can work miracles. (Matthew 17:20) Click To Tweet
However, when a problem persists, you can add fasting ro your prayer. We get that idea from the insight the Lord Jesus gave to His disciples when they were asking why they couldn’t drive out the demon from the boy brought to them by his father in Matthew 17.
“… this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” – Matthew 17:21.
(Related: Trouble Does Not Last Forever, But God Does)
You can also go to someone in a spiritual office in the body of Christ to pray for you. The Bible is full of instances where the sick and troubled came to prophets in the Old Testament or the Lord Jesus and apostles in the New Testament to get relief.
“14. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women. 15. Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.” – Acts 5:14-16
In the Book of Ephesians, we see a list of the spiritual offices in the New Testament church.
“11. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” – Ephesians 4:11-12.
Fill your heart with the word of God, put your trust in Him, fast and seek help when necessary, then leave everything to God. Remember that at the end of the day, it will work out according to His time and His will.
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you can pray this short prayer:
PRAYER FOR SALVATION:
Almighty God, I repent of my sins and ask you to forgive me. I receive the work Jesus did for me by shedding His blood for my sins. Write my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life and send your Spirit to live in my heart and teach me your word. I receive the grace to live a life that honours you henceforth in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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