Pitiful Prayers, Lack of Faith and Fire
A desperate father had tried all he could do for his son. The son was plagued by physical and emotions disorders, He was harmful to himself and others. Emotional outbursts and seizures restricted his every move. This Dad was worn out. His time consumed with the needs of his son, yet He couldn’t meet those needs. He couldn’t even keep his son safe. He had prayed and asked others to pray yet deliverance escaped them. He was heart broken and weary. Mark 8:14-29.
As a last ditch effort he pleads his case to this man called Jesus. He didn’t ask to be made rich or that all of his dreams would come true. His prayer was actually pretty lame. No fancy dialogue, just what was on his heart. Please keep my son from harming himself. If you would do this, that would be really great. He blurted out his most desperate need, complete with a disclaimer. If, if, if you would do this.
I can absolutely relate to this approach. When I pray, I often give God a disclaimer. It sounds a bit like this, okay, God we have been through this before, you know the story but IF you see fit will you fix this. Sometimes when we pray for things for a long time that sense of expectancy and belief begins to drift. I know that often God does answer our prayers in ways we would rather He not. A closed door is often an answer, but their is more to this story.
Listen to Jesus’ response to the father, “If you can! All things are possible for the one who believes.” It is almost as if the Son of God’s response is DUH, I have this covered. The father responds with, I do believe, I just forgot for a little bit, help me to believe more.
Lately I have been pondering prayer and faith. Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. Hebrews 11:1 This discipline is a daily act. Forgive my unbelief and help me believe more. You may not have seen the Christ, but still you love him. You can not see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that can not be explained, a joy full of glory. 1 Peter 1:8
The disciples questioned Jesus privately. They were a confused. Look we tried to help this man, but were unsuccessful so what gives? Why couldn’t we make this happen on our own. Jesus answered, “That kind of spirit can only be forced out by prayer.” Faith accompanied by prayer. Jesus knows our needs before we think or ask them and he also understands our doubts and fears.
Maybe today finds you lacking in the faith and your prayers seem rather pitiful. If so be encouraged to pray honestly and with expectancy. Maybe change your prayer from IF to SINCE. Since we know that God you are capable of intervening in this situation we wait expecting your answer.