Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. -John 14:1
As agents, we can always refer to and use His Word to dispel the confusion and darkness in which this world tries to envelop us. The Word is the very Sword of the Spirit that agents wield at all times, and it is my favorite piece of the full armor of God.
But even more than His Word, which we, as professed believers, believe in with all our hearts, we must believe in Him.
Sound silly and redundant? Like we already do?
Well, how we pray and bring our petitions to the Lord may reveal otherwise.
It’s one thing to come to the Lord and believe in His word and that He might or could do something. It’s one thing to wonder if it’s in His will or interest to grant what we pray for. It’s another to believe that He can and will do the impossible, because of who He is, and because of His sovereignty.
It is this last point that is the eye opener, especially if you’ve been praying with some doubts that maybe God could, but might not, give you what you ask for.
The following In Touch Ministries devotional excerpt answers this:
But Scripture encourages believers to approach God as if He can and will answer prayers, as if He wants to give good gifts (Matt. 7:11). Frankly, it’s bad theology to accept God’s extravagant grace but reject His other gifts—especially when they minister to believers and encourage nonbelievers to embrace salvation.
So, we must not only truly believe to our very cores in His Word, but to believe to our very cores in Him. We often fail Him by believing His word, but limiting His own help in our lives by overlaying our own logic and common sense to our petitions…and not asking wholeheartedly what we perceive as impossible. Don’t ever forget who can make the impossible possible!
The following My Utmost for His Highest devotional excerpt hit me hard:
Is there something in your life that not only disturbs you, but makes you a disturbance to others? If so, it is always something you cannot handle yourself.
If it is an impossibility, it is the very thing for which we have to ask. If it is not an impossible thing, it is not a real disturbance. And God will do what is absolutely impossible.
When we truly know He is almighty and will do what is absolutely impossible…and we know that what He has placed before us is impossible to face and overcome without Him…then we know who is the only one who can help. And with that truth in our hearts, bolstered by His Word in our hearts, we know that nothing can stand in our way, because we pray to Him whose Word we believe…and in Him, who in His very nature is almighty, can and will do the impossible for His children.