Today’s Lesson: Faith
“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to this fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, yo will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:21-22
With less than a week before His crucifixion, Jesus continued doing what Had been doing for three years… teach. His first topic was faith. Not just any kind of faith, but mountain moving faith. Using an unfruitfule fig tree as an illustration, He taught that this kind of faith takes a complete absence of doubt and the courage to ask in full belief as we pray. However, this lesson was short and sweet, almost abrupt compared to so many other lessons. Why is this? How do you battle against the doubts that are whispered from without and sometimes come from within? Does He really mean “anything” we ask for? Admittedly, sometimes I have read this passage and those like it and found myself with more questions about faith than before reading. So, time and again I have found myself going back to prayer to seek God for more clarity and then to His Word for greater insight. And then it occurs to me, maybe that was the point?
Oswald Chambers was quoted as saying, “Prayer does not prepare us for greater works, prayer is the greater work.”
As you fast and pray during Holy Week, how do you view prayer itself? Is prayer merely a means to a faith end? How does the act of prayer serve to draw you closer to the object of our faith? Sure, God can and will move mountains in your life by faith, but could meeting Him on those same mountains find you closer to Him and thus, be the greater point of it all? If there were no mountains, just how much would you seek the mountain mover?
Focus this week in prayer not merely to move mountains in prayer by faith, but focus on prayer to simply draw closer to the mountain mover. Jesus is the object and focus of our faith!