Food for thought….Asking in Faith

asking in faith

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let no that man suppose that he should receive anything from the Lord.”  James 1:6

I pray that God would give me the faith to move mountains.  So often I find myself praying for God to “fix this” or “help that”.  God has challenged me to pray, and then listen, and trust God in all circumstances.  Sometimes we pray and walk away doubting that God will intervene in our lives.

Some of you may have already read this story….but…I’ll tell it again.  My husband’s grandmother had surgery on her foot a few years ago.  There were many complications after the surgery.  She ended up with a pneumonia and blood clots in her lungs.  She very quickly ended up in ICU and on life support.  When it didn’t appear that things could get any worse, her life support machine became clogged, and because of that she went into cardiac arrest.  They resuscitated her, but it caused major brain damage and at that point she became non responsive.  She was on life support merely to keep her alive but had no brain function.  It was her wish to never stay on life support or oxygen machines but to just go home and be with our Savior.  After a few days of no response, the doctors recommended “comfort care”.  Meaning they would give her morphine so that she would not be in pain, and they would remove the life support machine.  Comfort care is a more politically correct way of saying that you are going to let someone pass away.

The morning that they were planning to give her the morphine, I remember sitting on my sun porch and crying because I didn’t want to lose this precious woman.  EVERY scripture that I read that morning was about healing, and that Jesus is our healer.  Keep in mind, that she was brain dead, and on a life support machine to keep her alive.  She had been in that state for a few days, and the doctors were pretty hopeless, and I was certainly hopeless.  I have witnessed God do miracles in the lives of others, I don’t doubt all of the miracles in the Bible, but I doubted that He would do a miracle in my life or the life of Justin’s sweet grandmother.

I really began to believe that God would heal her because everything that I read was about trusting God and that Jesus healed the sick.  In tears I read the scripture in Mark 9 about the man whose son had a demon and it would seize him and throw him down.  The man brought his son to Jesus for healing and Jesus said to him “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” Immediately the father of the boy cried out with tears “Lord, I believe.  Help my unbelief!”

That day on my porch, I cried out the same thing that the man in Mark 9 cried out.  “Lord I believe, that you will heal her, HELP MY UNBELIEF!”

Twenty minutes later, Justin’s mom called me to say that his grandmother squeezed her hand, responded to her, and they weren’t going to do the comfort care.  God healed her. I was in awe that day of God’s faithfulness to prove to me that He is able, and that He used her life to teach me the meaning of faith without doubting.

You see sweet sisters, God is faithful, even when we are not.  He desires for us to lay our prayers before His throne and not doubt that He is able to deliver.  He desires to be glorified in our lives every day.  The more I trust God and believe that He can do all things, the more things He begins to show me and teach me.  The more miracles I see in my life and in the lives of those around me.

There are times that I don’t know how to ask in faith, there are times that I can feel my doubt.  I confess it to Jesus, and ask Him to teach me how to pray, to teach me not to doubt, to trust Him through all circumstances.  That ladies, is how He takes us from glory to glory with Him.  That is how He brings us into deeper waters where the blessings lie.  It all starts with faith.  If you don’t have it, then just ask Him.

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