“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:22-24 NKJV
This is a prayer I’ve been reiterating a lot recently, as I’ve become more aware of how the environment we live in can create dullness in our spirits, unless we cultivate and meditate on the Word of God in our hearts.
We live in a world that wants reality and authenticity. A “seeing is believing” mentality.
Without realising it we can blend into the environment that surrounds us and look with our earthen eyes instead of our spiritual eyes.
I have to ask the question and challenge our Christianity… Are we forfeiting our faith for facts and losing our belief in what God can do today? Do we truly believe all that the Bible says is ours, or do we succumb to our circumstances and reach for the painkillers or the credit card rather than the Word of God?
Paul tells us in the book of Ephesians that the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead already lives in us:
“And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,” EPHESIANS 1:18-20 AMP
I don’t know about you, but I get highly frustrated when I read this but then struggle to take authority over a headache or a cold.
I’ve had the incredible privilege to see God perform miracles before my eyes. I’ve laid hands on the sick and seen them healed, yet when the flu bug hits, out come the pills!
Don’t get me wrong….There’s nothing wrong with medication, but my challenge is this….Sometimes when we pray it’s like we stumble around in the darkness feeling for the light switch, hoping we’ll hit the target. Why is that?
My musings have led me deeper into scripture and I believe a continued work has to take place in our hearts through the Word of God.
Notice in Eph 1:17 Paul prays,
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. ” Ephesians 1:17 NIV
Faith preacher, Kenneth Hagin prayed this Ephesians prayer morning and night for 6 months until he got the revelation and started to see the power of God move in His life.
Faith is the ingredient that God works with. Jesus constantly said throughout the gospels….“believe”… “If you have faith”….in the message version he says,
“Become what you believe.” Matthew 9:29 MSG
So why is it we feel we can be “in faith” and (let’s be blunt) it seems it didn’t work?
I believe our faith needs cultivating. Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. But a seed needs to be planted in healthy heart-soil, protected, watered and developed. As Paul put it, we need a Spirit of wisdom & revelation to increase our knowledge of God!
The Bible has given us all the keys to unlock the power God had given us. We just need to tap into them. Align our hearts, our minds, our spirits, our faith like aligning a number code to open a lock.
So I encourage you to pray this Spirit-given prayer in Ephesians 1:17-23 daily asking for wisdom and revelation because the penny not only has to drop from the head to the heart but from the heart deep into our spirits.
I don’t want my prayers to work on a hit-and-miss basis. I want to immerse myself in all the spiritual blessings promised to me and walk in the same power produced in Christ when He was raised from the dead.
An Extract from “Believe & Confess” which you can purchase HERE.