Welcome to our third prayer and fasting focus. Today perhaps we could think about the challenge of unbelief in us, as we seek God.
A story to start with…
Many people arrived at a church to pray for the needed rain. The pastor greeted most of them as they filled in. As he walked to the front of the church to officially begin the meeting, he noticed most people were chatting with friends. When he reached the front, his thoughts were on quieting the attendees and starting the meeting. As his eyes scanned the crowd, he noticed an eleven year-old girl sitting quietly in the front row. Her face was beaming with excitement. Next to her, open and ready for use, was a very colourful and extremely large umbrella. The little girl’s innocence made the pastor smile as he realized how much faith she possessed. No one else in the congregation had brought an umbrella. All came to pray for rain. But the little girl had come expecting God to answer.
Ephesians 3:20, says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”. We have a God who can work in ways that our minds cannot conceive or imagine. We can often box God into the limitations we think He would fit into. Let’s not box God. We forget that we have a God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17). We are all guilty of that. So, when we are faced with a challenging situation, it is always good to pray, ‘Lord, help my unbelief’, as unbelief ties the hands of God. May we train our minds to say before God, “For by You, I can run against a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall” (Psalm 18:29).
Hebrews 3:12, says “See to it that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God”.
Some prayer points/activities:
- Let’s pray for faith to grow in us, as we discipline ourselves to read God’s word, repent of sins and to hear God daily (Romans 10:17).
- Let’s speak words of faith to our family, to our neighbourhood and to the region of Teesside, that the ‘dry dead bones we see before us in our family and around us will live’.
- Let’s speak words of faith to this nation of UK, despite the true God being replaced by other idols, that the ‘dry dead bones we see before us in the government and in the political parties will live’.
- Let’s pray God will raise up more Josephs, Daniels and Esthers in the workplace, so that the culture of the land can be shaped by strong Christian leaders with integrity and not by people who calls good as evil and evil as good.
09 Mar 2023