Walking in full assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22 KVJ) is not my default. I wish it was and I have hope that more and more it will become so. But, for now, in some areas I have to consciously, over and over, make the choice to believe God means what He says literally. I also have to consciously refuse to listen The Voice that tells me not to pray for certain things, not to ask God for that, or never to assume God would ever answer my prayers. Contrary to the many verses in Scripture that tell me otherwise. That tell me the real truth. That tell me to believe and have faith and that even a tiny bit of faith can remove a mountain and accomplish great things. That walking in full assurance of faith still applies today. Here. Now.
I discovered an amazing verse recently in Isaiah 35:4 that says 3 times in one verse, “your God will come.” And when He does, things happen. Has He stopped coming on behalf of the needs and even some of the wants of His children? No!
When we pray “Come, Lord Jesus, come” and “Come, Holy Spirit, come” we aren’t just referring to Jesus’s Second Coming. We need Him to come now to us. Here. Now.
I have a new friend who has the most faith I have seen in anyone recently. She is amazing. The stories she tells of prayers God has answered for her are incredible and very inspiring. She has shown me how she presents her prayers and lets go of the outcome and of the timing. She doesn’t keep asking for the same thing over and over because that suggests a lack of faith that God heard her the first time around.
I do have faith but I want a deeper faith. ‘Believing God’ is not arrogance or being presumptuous as I was always taught. Because I am fully aware of how I will never be worthy of a single prayer being answered but God doesn’t answer our prayers based on our worthiness (still a struggle for me to accept sometimes) but because of His goodness and His unmerited grace.
I have often quoted James when he said we receive little because we ask little. It is so true. We can ask God for more than we think. It’s quite a thought and it opens up doors like you would not believe!