ReferenceScripture: Mark 11:20-26
Consider the following:
Joshua 10:12-14 – Joshua commanded the sun to stand still so Israel could defeat the
Isaiah 38:1-6 – King Hezekiah was told that he would die. He prayed to the Lord and
God added 15 years to his life.
Genesis 22:1-14 – Abraham was told to sacrifice his son Isaac, who was the son of
promise. He obeyed by faith and God spared Isaac, providing a ram in his place.
Joshua 14:6-16 – 85 year old Caleb believed God for the power to defeat a mountain
infested with giants. God gave him that mountain.
1 Samuel 17:1-54 – A teenage boy named David believed God for the power to defeat
a giant named Goliath. God gave him the victory.
Daniel 3:1-30 – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego believed God to keep them from the
power of a pagan king and a fiery furnace. God met them in the furnace and
protected them there.
Many, many more examples could be given, Heb. 11:32-35, but these are enough to teach
about the power of biblical faith in God.
As Jesus and his disciples walked toward Jerusalem, Jesus cursed a fig tree,
11:12-14. When they passed by the next day, the fig tree was dried up. Jesus
uses this experience to teach His disciples a lesson about Faith.
When we exercise biblical faith in God and His promises, we can expect amazing
results. The key to that statement is the phrase “biblical faith”. A lot of
people think that faith is a blank check. They believe they can ask for
anything they desire and that God is obligated to do all they ask Him to. That
is not exactly what the Bible teaches.
If you are saved, God is your Father. As your Father, He cares about every need in
your life, 1 Pet. 5:7. As your Father He invites you to bring your needs,
burdens and concerns to Him, Phil. 4:6-7; Heb. 4:16. As your Father He desires
to open the resources of His kingdom and give them to you, Luke 12:32.
Our God loves His children and He wants them to come to Him on the basis of simple,
childlike faith. Like a child trusts its parents for every need, the child of
God can trust the Heavenly Father.
God invites us to pray to Him – Phil. 4:6; Matt. 11:28; 1 Pet. 5:7.
God promises to hear us when we pray – Jer. 33:3; Psa. 10:17; 65:2.
God promises to answer our prayers – Matt. 7:7-11; Isa. 58:9.
When it comes to the promises of God, we have the Lord’s guarantee that He will keep
every one of them, Rom. 4:21; Heb. 6:18; Num. 23:19. God will not back away
from a single promise He has given His people!
Prayer and faith are an opportunity for God’s people to demonstrate their confidence
in the written Word of God.
When God says something in the Word of God, we can have absolute faith that He will
do what we ask. When we pray outside of the Word of God, we cannot pray in
absolute faith because we do not know what God’s will is in that matter. Faith
is always based on a clear word from the Lord, Rom. 10:17.
So,while it is right to pray about every matter in your life, it is wrong to
expect God to do everything you want Him to do. God honors faith, but
genuine, biblical faith is always based on the Word of God. Always
The children of God can have absolute confidence in God’s power to do everything He
has promised to do. He has the power to do anything we ask Him to do. He has
the ability to do anything He pleases to do. We serve an awesome God who
possesses all power in Heaven and earth, Matt. 28:18; Eph. 3:20; Jer. 32:17;
Job 42:2; Luke 1:37; Isa. 40:12. All I am trying to say is that our heavenly
Father can do anything!
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