This quote from a song in one of our choir books here in California reminds us that there is great power in even a little faith when God is with us. Let’s look at what Jesus said about faith.
Faith is a belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. We see in the scripture that Jesus said we only need faith as a grain of mustard seed to move mountains. Mustard seeds are tiny little seeds. Did you know that all we need is a tiny bit of faith for prayer to work?
Faith does the impossible because it moves God to undertake for us, and nothing is impossible with God.
Faith produces and works in conjunction with prayer. I firmly believe if we pray with faith and God answers our prayer, our prayer life and faith grow stronger. As young people, we need to understand that a lack of faith is rooted in a poor prayer life. In other words, if we are not praying to God, our faith will be small. When was the last time you prayed to God and asked Him to help you? When was the last time you prayed for a soul to receive Salvation? When was the last time you spent more than a couple of minutes crying out to God to answer your prayer? Has your prayer life become weak, and subsequently, your faith in God is also weak? God wants to answer our prayers, but we must bring our petitions to God in prayer. Praying is something we need to learn to do as young people. When we are in a situation that we cannot control, we should have faith that we can reach out to God for help.
Think about Abraham and when he prayed for Lot to be saved out of Sodom and Gomorra.
We find Lot, Abraham’s nephew put himself in a terrible situation. Abraham had the faith to go to God and ask Him for big things. I don’t think this was the first time Abraham talked to God in prayer. I am convinced that God knew Abraham on a first name basis because we also find in the scriptures that God was listening to Abraham. Abraham was a man of prayer.
What about Moses and his petitions to God to spare the Israelite people? Moses was a man of prayer. Whenever the Israelites disobeyed God, Moses fell on his face before God and started praying.
What about Elijah on the mountain with the prophets of Baal? Remember Baal’s prophets tried all day to get their God’s attention. The prophets danced around and cut themselves, but their God did not respond. On the other hand, Elijah had a connection to God through prayer.
1 列王纪 18:37-38
I am convinced that God knew Elijah’s voice when he prayed because Elijah prayed consistently to God. So, when Elijah prayed, God heard and answered his Prayer.
Daniel was also a man of prayer. Daniel was an exiled Jew in Babylon, taken there as a boy. He belonged to a noble family and was exceptionally able and intelligent. Daniel lived through two kings and then finally King Darius. King Darius divided his kingdom into one hundred and twenty provinces and appointed a prince or ruler over each province. Over the princes, King Darius appointed three presidents, and over the presidents, King Darius placed Daniel. About this time, Daniel was in his eighties, and his position made him second to the throne. The princes and presidents below him became jealous and wanted Daniel out of the way. They looked high and low to find fault with Daniel but couldn’t find anything wrong with his character. But they did notice is Daniel kept the laws of his God and continually prayed. What a testimony! Even his worst enemies couldn’t find any fault in Daniel’s life. Character is worth more than money or anything in this world. Daniel’s character was perfect. Because of their wicked jealousy, the princes and presidents devised a plan to get Daniel out of the way. They went to King Darius and persuaded him to make a proclamation that prayer to any other than the King himself would be punishable by death. This proclamation meant anyone caught praying to anything other than King Darius would be thrown into the lion’s den.
Daniel could have stopped praying. He could have hidden, but Daniel was not a weak Christian! He had moral stamina and courage! Daniel was not ashamed to be caught on his knees praying to the true God.
Daniel loved God so much that he was not afraid to open his window and pray just as he had done in times past. The princes immediately told King Darius what Daniel had done, and the King became sorrowful because he loved Daniel. He didn’t want to throw Daniel into the lions’ den. But Daniel was not afraid because he believed God would deliver him. Daniel felt prayer to God was so important he was ready to give his life for it.
“6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”