Wednesday, March 7, 2012

To move a mountain

In the book of Mark in the Bible, we read about an account where Jesus was hungry. Just like you and me, he got hungry. He went to a fig tree that was in leaf to see if it had any fruit for him to eat. When he got to it, he saw that there was no fruit. Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." His disciples heard him say this. The next day they passed by that very same fig tree. Let me show you what the Bible says happened next.

Mark 11: 20-24 "In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, 'Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!'
 '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.'"

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it. Now, let me just say that I don't think this is saying to go and ask to win the lottery and you will win it. I think that when we are really praying, really seeking God's will for our lives, really asking for God to lead us, He will honor our prayers. Even when it seems like we are asking Him to move a mountain. There was a time in my life where I was truly asking God to "move a mountain." My marriage was falling apart, crumbling at the very core, and I was crying out to God to fix it. My prayers were, "Lord, change hearts, change situations, change me, change him, put us back together." At the time, it seemed very unlikely that this would happen. There was a huge mountain in the way. I prayed knowing, truly believing, that it was not in God's will for my marriage to fall apart. I prayed knowing that He could fix it. I prayed these things even though I had no idea HOW or WHEN he would do them. And He did. In His time. In His way.

If you are facing a mountain in your life, I encourage you to take your eyes off the mountain and plant them firmly on God. Believe that He will carry you, believe that He can help you even if you don't know how. Believe that He will take care of it, will take care of you. He will!

3 comments:

The Jammie Girl said...

So true! I'm still struggling with the fact that God answers prayers in His own way, in His own time; but I know he does answer them. We just have to be patient and open to what He wants for us :)

Audra Marie said...

Thanks for such an encouraging post. :)

Megan Elzey said...

Thank you for your comments :) It is very hard sometimes to wait for His perfect timing. If we try to rush into things without waiting for Him to move the mountain, we may make things worse than they already may seem!