Week Six – Day 5
TODAY’S FAST – Disciple’s or Jewish Fast (Consume only liquid or broth between 8 am – 6 pm)
Sometimes we struggle because we’re unsure whether or not what we’re praying for is God’s will. Yet at other times, we struggle in prayer because it seems like we’re asking for something too big. Yes, we’re afraid we’re asking for something too big for God.
Of course we would never say it that way. Intellectually, we know that nothing is too big for God. But in our heart of hearts, we doubt. We don’t let ourselves get our hopes up. When we ask God to do something bigger than anything we’ve ever seen, it’s hard to believe.
When you’ve been praying for years for a loved one to be saved, when you’re praying for revival in your struggling church, when you’re praying for freedom from the shackles of an addiction you’ve known most of your life, when you’re praying for our lawmakers to practice justice and righteousness… well, it can seem pretty hopeless. We might end our prayers with, “If it be Your will,” but really meaning, “If You can.”
In the ninth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus meets a man whose son desperately needs healing. The father pleads, “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us” (verse 22).
Jesus replies, “‘If you can?’… Everything is possible for him who believes” (verse 23).
The father’s response to Jesus can be our prayer when we’re struggling to believe in the limitless power of God. He says, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (verse 24). Lord, we’re asking for huge things from You today. We know that You can. You are able. Help us overcome our unbelief!
Pray with the unwavering confidence that God specializes in impossibilities. Pray for renewed and expanded trust in Him
“‘If you can?’” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 NIV