First published on 23/6/2020. We continue to publish new thoughts but hope you find encouragement and blessing from revisiting some we have previously published.
When they returned to the crowd, a man came to Jesus, knelt before him, and said, “Sir, have mercy on my son! He is an epileptic and has such terrible fits that he often falls in the fire or into water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” Jesus answered, “How unbelieving and wrong you people are! How long must I stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you? Bring the boy here to me!” Jesus gave a command to the demon, and it went out of the boy, and at that very moment he was healed. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked him, “Why couldn’t we drive the demon out?” “It was because you haven’t enough faith,” answered Jesus. “I assure you that if you have faith as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this hill, ‘Go from here to there!’ and it will go. You could do anything!”
We read in the passage above that if our faith was just as big as a mustard seed we could do anything! So why is it that there are occasions in our lives where despite feeling the call to pray daily over a long period of time about a particular person or situation, our prayers do not appear to have been answered? I don’t pretend to have the answer, but I am sure it isn’t because God has not heard our prayers. It is also important to remember that God’s answer to prayer may be different to that which we were expecting, after all only He can see the whole picture.
It is in times like this that I find it helpful to look back and remember the many blessings and miracles that have occurred in both my life and in the lives of people around me. With this encouragement I can give thanks for all the good things I have seen and then continue to pray for those people and situations that concern me, remembering that God is there in the centre of it all, miracle or not.
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Help me to continue bringing those things that are laid on my heart to you in prayer. And as I look for answers help me to know that you are listening, miracle or not.