five minutes with K.P.
5 Believe Jesus
When You Pray
W e can have all our doctrines right and be experts in the
Scriptures like the Pharisees, but it will be of no use
unless we apply it to our lives by faith.
This was the reason why those Israelites whom God delivered out
Our faith must be in Jesus.
Abraham believed God when it was impossible for him to have a
son. The blind men believed in Jesus to get their sight.
Likewise, our faith does not rest on our faith, or in some
of Egypt could not enter their promised land: “For indeed the gospel was
imaginations we cook up on feelings. Instead, our faith is in the person
preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not
of Jesus Christ.
profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:2).
For the same reason, God cannot answer our prayers unless we
pray in faith: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts
When we pray for a need, let us deliberately say, “Jesus, You are
more than able to do this. I believe You can do it and I trust You to do it.”
suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:6–7).
It takes a childlike heart
Can you believe?
frantically trying to rescue his little son
is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man
Two blind men came to Jesus and said to Him, “Son of David, have
mercy on us!” (Matthew 9:27).
Why did they phrase their petition for healing in this way?
I heard the story of a father who was
from their burning two-story house.
The child was alone upstairs, and the father
couldn’t get to him because of the flames and smoke.
According to tradition, being blind was a punishment and curse for
Standing downstairs in an open area, he called out to his son.
something terrible they or their forefathers must have done. So the
“Daddy, I can’t see you! I can’t see you!” the boy answered.
men actually were saying to Jesus, “You know that we are not worthy of
“Son, jump!” the father shouted.
getting anything from You. If You would do this for us, it is Your choice
“I can’t see you, Daddy,” the boy hesitated.
“Can you hear my voice?” the father asked.
And the Lord answered them, “According to your faith let it be to
you” (Matthew 9:29).
With this Jesus was saying, “The question is not whether I am
willing to show mercy—I am always willing—but can you believe?”
They could, and they immediately received their sight.
We must hold onto
the Word that is sown
into our hearts.
The faith we need to see our
prayers answered only comes and
develops from God’s Word: “So So then
faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Yet so much of the Bible teaching we hear and the Scripture we
“Yes!” the child cried.
“Then jump in the direction of my voice,” his father responded.
“Don’t worry; I will catch you.” The child jumped, and his father caught
him in his arms and carried him to safety.
We may find ourselves in the midst of confusion that feels like
thick smoke and flames, where our rational thinking and reason don’t
work. That’s when we need to respond and pray like a little child: “I
don’t understand, Lord, but I will jump at Your Word and trust You to
fulfill Your promise.”
Nothing is impossible with God.
Whatever your need may be today, Jesus is able and willing to
help you. There is nothing impossible with Him.
Fill your heart with God’s Word, meditate on it and put your faith
study or memorize is taken away by the enemy, either through our
in Jesus. And then, when you pray, believe like a little child and you will
unbelief or because we don’t hold on to it and meditate on it.
see your Heavenly Father meet your need.
Joshua was instructed by God not to let the book of the Law
depart from his mouth, but to meditate on it day and night in order to
K.P. Yohannan is founder and president of Gospel for Asia.
have success (see Joshua 1:8).
Continuously meditating on God’s Word drives it deep into our
hearts and develops faith.
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