powerful praying based on a powerful Person

The faith that makes for powerful praying is the faith that is centered on a powerful Person. The faith that centers itself on Christ’s ability to do, and to do greatly, is the faith that prays greatly.

It is in this manner that the leper grasped the power of Christ:

“Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” — Matthew 8.2

In this instance, we are shown how faith centered itself in Christ’s ability to do, and secured the healing power.

It was concerning this very point that Jesus questioned the blind men who came to Him for healing:

“When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” — Matthew 9.28-29

To inspire faith in His ability to do, Christ left behind Him what is perhaps the most ringing challenge to our faith,

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” — Matthew 28.18

This faith acts. Like Peter on the lake of Gennesaret it casts the net where Jesus commands without question or doubt. It removes the stone from Lazarus’ grave promptly.

A praying faith keeps the commandments of God, and does those things that are well pleasing in His sight.  It asks, “What would you have me do?” and responds quickly, “Speak, Lord, thy servant heareth.”  Obedience helps our faith, and in turn, our faith helps our obedience.  To do God’s will is essential to faith, and faith is necessary to unquestioning obedience.

Christ has commanded us to pray.  Will you not be obedient to the command of our Lord?


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