22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly[a] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Jesus, our example for prayer, prayed . "Every thing is possible for you..Yet, not what I will,but what you will. Our prayers are often motivated by our own interests and desires. Jesus always prayed with God's interests in mind. Sometimes it's very hard to think when we pray that our prayers reach his thrown. I've heard others say that if we doubt in our hearts God won't answer our prayers. I worry that my prayers hit the ceiling and don't go into His throne. God gives us a measure of faith, we can't see faith, its a action word.. I wonder about faith, a lot. How do I know I have it, when everything goes down hill. Here are some conditions I have found below. 1. You must be a believer 2.you must not hold a grudge against another person. 3. You must not pray with selfish motives. 4. Your request must be for the good of God's kingdom, To pray affectivley , you need faith in God, not faith in the object of your request.
If you focus only on your request , you will be left with nothing if your request is refused. I have been fighting this doubt battle for years, and knowing how to pray for God to hear me. It's really scares me that God won't hear because of doubt in our hearts, or He won't help us if we keep failing at one thing and then we pray..over and over..God says in the bible that he will never leave us nor forsake us..this means to me, when I fall He is there to lift me up, and he forgives us seventy seventy times over. Why do people always have to say things that hurt others. Like if you don't give into the temptation your fine, if you do give in God won't help you with things that you need to get over.
God is good, His word tells me so much more than if someone would say I'm doomed for giving in the temptation, God says he will forgive me over and over again, and he threw my sins into the sea. I like to use me as a example when I'm writing..I have so much more to learn even though I have walked with the Lord since Jan 2001. God gives us a way out, and he gives us a measure of faith, so I have to have some faith because God says so .. I hope you are blessed by this devotion.
Written by Betty Bolden
Thank you sis Betty Land for inspiring me to write.
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