There are times I feel as if my prayers are effective and then, there are times when they seem “hit and miss”. As I still my thoughts and soften my heart, right then and right there I realize that is when they are working because I know without a doubt it is God and not me. The doubts I entertain are never, ever about God but my worthiness or receptivity. Humility and gratitude fill my heart as I lay my earthly all on the altar. I also know I am worthy and the precious child of God as we all are.
Psalm 5:3 reads “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
In the fourteenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus walks on the water and His disciples are afraid and alarmed. Earlier in the day He had fed a multitude of 5,000 with five fishes and two loaves and I sometime question why His disciples found His walking on the water amazing. Then, I am reminded of challenges and doubts I entertain while praying when He has proved Himself to me over and over.
Matthew 14:31 reads, “Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?'” He was talking to Peter who had tried to walk to Him. This is reassuring to me when I fall because the Christ is always there to pick me up.
Recently we went to the beach and would rise early so we could watch the sunrise. We would be told what time the sun would come up and we would be on the beach thirty minutes earlier. It was a majestic sight and we knew without a doubt it would come up and there it would be. There is no power on earth that can keep the sun from rising. How on earth can we ever doubt God’s power? We should be that expectant for Good when we pray for direction and know He will answer us.
Lamentations 3:22-23 reads, “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Have always loved the story of Jesus walking on the water. When Peter asked to join Him, Jesus replied “Come”. He continued to walk until he took his eyes off the Christ and began to entertain fear and doubt. Even as he was sinking and cried out to Jesus, he was saved! This is so applicable today when we watch where our focus is and what we are believing in.
Matthew 14:30-31 reads, “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately, Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”