Getting what you believe

th-16I’ve been focusing on prayer this week because today we begin a service of offering to pray for specific needs as requested. We have a small team of people who have volunteered to take this on as a personal ministry. We especially like this because the idea came from within our community as a way we can reach out and become more involved with each other.

Keep in mind we want this service to be primarily for those who have no other prayer resources. We know that some of you are away from a physical fellowship where asking for prayer is a regular occurrence. An Internet community is good for that. It’s also good for those who may have specific requests they would not feel free bringing to their physical body of believers for one reason or another. We will keep all requests completely confidential.

We plan to take this seriously, so we expect you to do the same. With prayer you pretty much get what you believe. If you pray not believing it will make any difference, it probably won’t. If you pray believing it will make a difference, it will. Guaranteed. Jesus always taught this. You get what you believe.

Having said that, we also realize some of you may have little or no faith and that’s what you need us for. I’m merely asking that you not take this casually. As in, Oh what the heck, might as well try it.

In the Gospel of Mark, a man brings his demon-possessed son to Jesus, saying, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

To which Jesus replies, “‘If you can’?” echoing him, and bordering on the sarcastic, “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

And immediately the boy’s father exclaims, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

How true. How often we are like this. Later, when Jesus was alone with his disciples, they asked Him why they had been unable to drive out the demon. To which Jesus relied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” (Mark 9:22-29)

There you go. The prayer of those who believe can often make up for the faith of those who don’t or can’t. So you could say you can get what others believe when you can’t believe yourself. That’s what we hope to provide. That is not to be taken lightly.

So if you’d like to take advantage of this service, click on the prayer button in the right column, fill out the request box and send it to us. Our team is committed to praying for you for a week, after which, if we haven’t heard back from you, we will assume your prayer has been answered.

And all of you please feel free to pray for our team and for this whole process, that God would lead us in this.

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One Response to Getting what you believe

  1. Peter says:

    John – I think what you are trying to set up is a fantastic ministry for people to use however I am concerned that you say the power of prayer is only limited by how much you believe it. That implies that if I pray for something and it doesnt happen then it is my lack of faith that is in question. However I believe Jesus taught us that the answer from God on prayer can be a no. The garden of Gethsemene for example Jesus prayed that he would not have to go to the cross but God said no and he had to go. The world today is littered with examples of peolpe praying for their loved ones to be healed and they arent. I guess I think it is important to add a sense of reality here rather than just say believe it, pray for it and you will get it.

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