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Unbelief, Belief, Trust

Unbelief, Belief, Trust
Lent 2019

 
 
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Sometimes we pray with confidence. Sometimes we pray through doubt. Are there prayers you don’t feel confident to pray right now? In Mark 9:24, a desperate father cried out to Jesus, “I do believe; Help me overcome my unbelief!” Jesus responded by healing his son. This passage shows us we can be completely honest with Jesus and that it’s ok to ask for His help to overcome doubt. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the prayers that are hard to pray, and ask Jesus to help us overcome our unbelief.

Our prayers have more power than we might think. In the early days of the church, Acts 12 tells us that the Apostle Peter was in prison in a dire situation. “The church was earnestly praying to God for him.” That very night an angel intervened and set Peter free! It was a miracle, but when Peter returned to the church, the people were astonished when they saw him. They were praying for his release, but apparently didn’t expect him to come back. Today, let us persevere through doubt, because even when we struggle with expectations, our prayers are working in ways that may surprise us.

Sometimes we doubt is a response to circumstances that surround us. The Israelites were stuck between the Red Sea on one side and the Egyptian army on the other. And The Bible says that they were terrified. Can you relate to their experience? Do you feel restless or doubtful today? Listen to how Moses encouraged them in Exodus 14:4. He said, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” As we pray, let’s practice being still. Meditate on God’s power and God’s faithfulness, even when it feels like we are surrounded on every side.

Trust, Listen, Surrender

Trust, Listen, Surrender
Lent 2019

 
 
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Consider the faithfulness of God.

Hebrews 11:11, “And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.” Sarah believed the promise because she trusted the Promise Giver. Let us pray to God with confidence today. Pray to God through scripture, declaring His Word. He is faithful to fulfill His promises.

Consider the prayer of Samuel.

1 Samuel 3:7 & 10, “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.” Samuel said to the Lord, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” He didn’t know what God’s voice sounded like yet, but he wanted to learn. Let us open ourselves to hear from God today, even if we are not sure what He sounds like – just like Samuel, “Speak, Lord. I am willing to listen today.”

Consider the surrender of Jesus.

Philippians 2:6-8, “…He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant… He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross! Pray to the Lord regarding surrender. Surrender is when our trust in God meets our willingness to obey Him. Pray specifically about what God may be prompting you to surrender and ask for His help to release it to Him.