Food for thought…lack of faith

lack of faith

I have found that whenever I go to the Lord with a problem, if He doesn’t answer me speedily, I sometimes give up and stop praying for it. 

As far as I am concerned, my dad is not saved.  It is my heart’s cry to the Lord that He save my dad, that His mercy would bring my dad to repentance.  I have been praying for him as long as I can remember.  I can remember times that I was a child and still playing with dolls and I would cry and pray for my dad.  It has been years, and I have had many times that I have wrestled with God, pleading with Him, growing angry at Him, crying to Him over my dad. 

Why pray? When I think about how long I have been praying that prayer, and the fact that my dad is still unsaved, it leaves me to wonder why I should continue praying for him. He has been to church, Harvest crusades, every member in my family and each of my sibling’s families are believers, yet he, in his stubbornness has yet to surrender to Jesus and recognize his need for a Savior.  So it leaves me with the question of “why pray for him?”

I have asked God this question many times in the past, but I believe that one of the largest tragedies in the church body today is the lack of believing in the power of prayer.  I believe one of satan’s plans is to cause us to disbelieve in the power and faithfulness of God, and it leaves Christians feeling condemned and defeated.  It causes us to questions God’s love and grace in our lives. 

I believe when we begin to question the power of prayer, we lose the power of prayer.  I say that because the Bible says to “ask in faith with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  Why should that man suppose he would receive anything from God?”  If I pray and I doubt that my prayers will be effective, they won’t be, and that is what satan wants.  He wants us to doubt God, to be unbelieving, to question our faith. 

As I continue to pray for my dad everyday, I am reminded of Abraham.  Abraham prayed for a son, and he waited years before God gave him Isaac. God was faithful.  I’ve prayed for my dad for years, and I trust that God loves my dad far more than I can even imagine, and it is not His will that any should perish but all should come to repentance. 

I think of the scripture that says “when the Son of Man returns, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8. I want to be a woman who trusts my God, who is confident in His love and grace, and who believes that His plans are perfect.  As we pray, let us ask in faith, without doubting our Savior.  His will is perfect, His way is perfect, and His love for us is perfect. 

 

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