Thank you for your comments yesterday. I'm deeply moved to know that I'm surrounded by so many incredible people. What a team!
I'm up early for a Saturday. We've transitioned Wally to sleep on the floor in our bedroom. He's used to me getting up early for work, so he was up and doing laps around the bedroom at 6:15AM. Since he's only mostly trustworthy with his housebreaking, and not completely honorable, I always jump and run when I know he's up. This conspicuous act then manages to rouse the other two beasts from their slumber, so it ends up being a family pottying affair. By the time the action has subsided, I'm wide-eyed and ready for the day, and they are all ready for their first nap of the day. I don't mind, though. I love it when everyone is home, but I'm the only one up. I need alone time, but it's nice to know that my man is in the next room.
This morning, I took advantage of the stillness on the courtyard.
I'm reading through Matthew right now. Matthew 13:58 struck me this morning. It says, "And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith." Ouch! That must've hit them where it hurts. Can you imagine missing out on God's power simply because of your own doubt? Hmmm. I wonder how many times this has been the case for me?
One of the questions asked yesterday was, "Do you have to have faith for prayers to work?"
I am no theologian, and I never hope to be one. I'm simply a child of God who does her best to apply scripture to my daily, living, breathing, walking around life. I say all of that to say that I do believe that there is a direct correlation in God's expression of power and my expression of faith. This verse seems to communicate that.
I'm not saying that my faith has any affect on God's ability to be powerful. God is all-powerful, regardless of my belief system. However, it seems that God's power is generally a response to our faith.
But, what is faith? I take my definition of faith straight out of the Bible. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." In other words, faith is believing that God will do what He said He will do. Believing that He is good, in ALL situations. Believing that He knows what's best for you, more than you know what's best for you. Believing that His purposes in you will come to pass. To me, this is faith.
I'm always hit with this, "But, what if you're wrong? Then what?" That's easy. I'm not wrong. Once you sign on for a life of faith, you can see God's goodness in every minute detail of your life. My constant prayer is that He would open my spiritual eyes, so that I can see Him work.
So, do you have to have faith for prayers to work? Yes. I believe that you do.
Mark 11:20-24 is another good passage to answer this question. "Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
And, a few other glimpses into my morning. . .
Please don't judge Wally. He needs his weekly bath. That hair is a nightmare to keep clean, so I just don't. Brian has been so kind to take on his grooming.
Oh, and please notice the new email button on the right, just under the header. I've been trying to add this for quite a while. I'm so computer illiterate sometimes. For me, this was quite an accomplishment!