Mountain Moving Faith
With our faith in Jesus we have the assurance that our prayers reach the throne of God. However, Hebrews 11:6 says, “without faith it is impossible to please Him”, and we have already looked at James 1:5 which says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” However, the next three verses of James chapter 1 say, “But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
When we ask of God, we must ask in faith. I have had people come to me in times past asking me to pray for someone saying something along the line of “Will you please pray for my friend. There is no hope for him but please pray.” I have a busy schedule, so if there is no hope for him, then why should I waste my time praying for him? However, if I believe that nothing is impossible with God, my prayers will not be a waste of time.
If then God will not be moved apart from faith, it leads us to the question, “How much faith do we need for God to move on our behalf?” Romans 12:3 says, “God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” So we all have at least a little faith. Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 17:6 after they asked Him to increase their faith, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.” Another time Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
So, exactly how big is this mountain moving faith that Jesus speaks of, faith of which nothing will be impossible? Look at the tip of a sharpened pencil; that’s approximately how large (or small) a mustard seed is. It is not very big, is it? Even in our faith we have a tendency to put our confidence in ourselves rather than God. We think that in order to move God we must build ourselves up with this mighty faith. Yet, Jesus speaks of the faith of a little bitty mustard seed. Again, our trust and confidence must be in God and not in ourselves. Let us never be guilty of putting faith in our faith.
In Mark 9 a man brought his demon-possessed son to the disciples, and however they were not able to cast the demon out. When Jesus came, the father explained what was going on. The father then said to Jesus in verse 22, “If You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” Jesus responded in the next verse, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” The simple fact that the father brought his son to Jesus was a demonstration of his faith in Jesus. He no doubt had heard of all the phenomenal things Jesus had been doing and saying; and if there was anyone who could help his hurting son, it would be Jesus. He then responded back to Jesus in one of the most astounding statements of faith we find in God’s Word. In verse 24 the father responded, “I do believe; help me in my unbelief”. Jesus then set the boy free and cast out the evil spirit.
The more we spend time searching the Word of God, the more we discover what God is capable of. The more we discover what He is capable of the more we discover there is nothing impossible for Him. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The things He was capable of doing when He walked upon this earth He is capable of doing today. Yet, today He chooses to use us as His vessels to carry out His purpose and His power. Biblical faith is simply believing in who God says He is and believing that God can do what He says He will do. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”
Day 24 Prayer Guide
- Ask God to reveal any sin or mindset that would prevent Him from hearing your prayers.
- Repent of any such hindrance and ask for God’s forgiveness.
- Ask God to remove any doubts and keep you focused on Him.
- Seek the Holy Spirit to consume you during this time to lead you. Be obedient to Him.
- Spend some time praising God for the fact that He is able. Quote some scriptures or some of His characteristics to Him in praise.
- Pray that the people of God will repent of sins and mindsets that dishonor and hinder Him.
- Pray that God would reveal prideful attitudes of self-sufficiency and bring about repentance.
- Pray that Christians will know the importance of intercessory pray and walk in it.
- Pray that God would raise up prayer warriors with a heart for revival in our churches and a great awakening in our land.
- Pray that our churches will be houses of prayer.
- Pray that the people of God will stand in faith knowing God can reclaim this land.
- Pray that our churches would be devoted to, and peruse the things that honor God.
- Pray that the people of God would see the need for revival and begin to seek God for it.
- Pray specifically for revival in your church. Pray for your pastor and church leaders.
- Pray that the people of God will be broken hearted over the lost.
- Pray that the church will be a gospel centered church with a heart to evangelize the world while starting in their own back yard.
- Pray that the power of God would fall on the church moving them to prayer and sowing the gospel seed.
- Pray for a great awakening in your community. Name off streets and neighborhoods.
- Do not be judgmental in this, but pray that if there is any within the church who do not have a genuine relationship with Jesus that God would convict their heart and save them.
- Make a list of individuals who are not saved and begin petitioning God for their salvation.
- Pray for repentance of sin and a great awakening in our nation.