As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; and their sight was restored.     (Matthew 9:27-30a NIV)

 

This scripture points us to an important question we need to ask ourselves when we pray. Do we have faith that God is able to give us what we ask? Is it a lack of faith that sometimes keeps us from praying? Do we believe God can’t help us, or won’t? Do we believe God doesn’t care? Do we trust Him?

I believe our problem is often that we have our focus in the wrong place. We focus on our situation, our problems, ourselves. What we need to do is focus on God in prayer. Prayer takes our focus off ourselves and our problems an places it on God and His ability to meet every need. Prayer helps us let God be God.

We need to recognize and give adoration to God for who He is. We need to meditate on His great power as the creator of all things and His authority over everything He has created. He is in control. He is able to meet every need.

He is the God who sees us in our time of need. He knows our temptations, our struggles, our hurts and our pain. And He is the one we can turn to for help. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. He has promised to help us in our hour of need.

He is the God who cares. He has demonstrated His love for us by sending His only Son to be our savior. He has promised to give us everything we need. He bids us to come to Him with our burdens and leave them with Him.

He is the God who provides. Not only does He see our need and care that our needs are met. He is the one who provides us with everything we need. He has promised to provide and He is faithful to provide. We can trust Him. We can come to Him. He hears our cries and meets our need.

Do our prayers make a difference in our lives and the lives of others? Do our prayers have power to change the world or advance God’s kingdom? They do when we pray to the true and living God, The God who sees, cares and provides.

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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.    (Ephesians 3:20,21 NIV)

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