Receiving and Believing

In a number of instances, Jesus tells His disciples that, in terms of the power of their praying, it has something to do with the quality of their believing, such as in if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).  Though I’m glad that even a small faith can do powerful things, it still makes me wonder if I have enough to pray effectively for anyone.  Perhaps I need to return to the beginning of my life in Christ, as described in John 1:12: to all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave power to become children of God.  Note here that becoming a child of God begins with receiving God/Jesus Himself first, and then the believing follows, including faithful prayer, the birthright of the child of God to whom The Father loves to give good gifts.  So, as you pray today, may you once again receive Jesus in The Holy Spirit, listen for His prayer for you and those you’re praying for, and then act on that wee bit of faith that will flood your heart and strengthen your will.

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